+TransitionPlanning Supported Employment Agency •Specializing in job placement for over 25 years •Innovative, successful programs •Ohio DD Certified & Award-winning staff •CARF Accreditation
+ “Transition Services” Theterm transition services is defined as a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability that:
+ Isdesigned to be within a results-oriented process, that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities, including post-secondary education vocational education integrated employment (including supported employment) continuing and adult education adult services independent or community participation
+ Isbased on the individual child’s needs, taking into account the child’s strengths, preferences, and interests Each student must have included in the IEP appropriate measurable post-secondary goals based on age appropriate assessment related to: Training Education Employment, and where appropriate Independent living skills The transition services (including courses of study) needed to assist the child in reaching those goals
+ What does a Transition Coordinator do? Workswith Local District Coordinators and Special Education teachers to assist students who will be transitioning from school to adult life How??? By providing information and referral services By attending IEP meetings By assisting in planning and placement decisions By coordinating and assisting with Transition Fairs By organizing summer work opportunities for high school students
+ Transition Partnership What do we mean? PersonnelPlus Transition Services are provided to compliment the services the high school is already providing and related services, community Instruction experiences, development of employment and vocational evaluation All of these activities are coordinated based on the student’s individual needs
+ Transition Partnership Working in close collaboration with families and all related professionals who can assist Everyone has the same goal: to prepare the student for the adult world of community life and work.
+ Collaborative Service Why bother with PersonnelPlus? Most students need extra assistance to help them transition to meaningful adult roles Plus, most will need assistance to maintain those roles No one service provider can do it all Together we create efficient service delivery We are optimizing all our resources, and providing students with a wide variety of options Collaborating helps expand what you can do Together we can ultimately create better outcomes for the student Collaboration facilitates achievement of transition goals
+ Entitlement versus Eligibility A student is ENTITLED to services from school for as long as he/she is in school A student must be found ELIGIBLE for services after high school PersonnelPlus can help answer questions about: Where to go Application processes and appointments How to appeal adverse decisions
+ Strategies for Successful Transition Start early! Encourage students to apply for County Board Services as soon as possible in order to be placed on the waiting list. The student should be driving the goals, wants, needs, and actively participate in the entire process Help the student and the teams have an awareness and understanding of strengths and limitations Help parents buy into the outcome of the plan and the student becoming employed Attend special events (transition fairs, job fairs, summer employment, etc.) Good collaboration with all persons and community organizations who are involved with the student
+ Community Collaborations PersonnelPlus County Board of Developmental Disabilities RSC-BVR and BSVI Rehabilitation Services Commission–Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired Mental Health Agencies Children Services Job and Family Services Social Security Administration Juvenile Court System Community Action Residential Living and Foster Care Networks
+ Necessary Skills For Community Job Placement and Supported Employment Initiative and desire to work Motivation Managing constructive criticism Following directions Anger management Staying on task Meeting productivity standards Good attendance Good hygiene Employers are going to expect certain work related skills from all of their employees regardless of the presence or absence of a disability.
+ PersonnelPlus Services Job Shadowing Job Sampling Personal Adjustment Work Adjustment Job Development Referral/Intake/Job Development Placement/Job Tryout Training Assistance Follow Along Job Seeking Skills Class
+ Business Partners Personnel Plus currently has clients who are employees of the following:Ambassador Laundry I.D.S.Arnold Financial Service Kroner’s Animal ClinicATCO Janitorial Premiere VideoApp. Behavioral Healthcare SechkarBeacon Janitorial United Methodist ChurchCarpenter & Associates WASCO
+ Where to begin? Youmay refer a student for transition support from Personnel Plus by filling out a referral form We will then contact the student and begin working with him/her in collaboration with the school Referral forms can be obtained from the Personnel Plus office or from Chris Stewart, via email or fax Parents,teachers, guidance counselors, and other school personnel may refer a student who is age 14 or older and has an IEP Students over 18 years of age may refer themselves
+ Summer YOUTH A summer employment program provided by PersonnelPlus. •During the months of June and July •For anyone ages 16-21 •Must have an IEP (Individual Education Plan) •Workers earn $7.30/hour •Work 4 days a week (Mon—Thu), 8:00am—12:00pm •Mondays are training days at Personnel Plus •Tue, Wed, and Thu are work days at the job site •Program is 6 weeks long
+ Ask about getting some of these posters to display in your school and classroom.
+ Contact Information www.personnelplus.org Chris Stewart Transition Coordinator (740) 592-3416 ext. 28 firstname.lastname@example.org