Michelle Uetz – Transition Coordinator for River Falls School District Kylee Jungbauer, CRC – Employment Coordinator for Bridge Community Employment Services in Hudson, WISam Rivers – Cultural Studies Teacher and Transition Coordinator for Unity School District. Formerly an Instructor at Globe University
Transition is…”a coordinated set of activities… that facilitates…movement from school to post-school activities, including postsecondary education, …integrated employment …” [34 CFR 300.43 (a)] [20 U.S.C. 1401(34)] For more information go to: http://idea.ed.gov/explore/view/p/,root,dynami c,TopicalBrief,17,
What is going to fill my (child’s) day when I/they are out of high school? • Choices: 1. Work 2. Day Programing 3. Post-Secondary Education 4. Military (depends on disability) 5. Nothing
Step One: Discover interests and talents Step Two: Get assistance • DVR (Division of Vocational Rehabilitation) Adult Services Picks up after DVR if long term supports are needed If DVR is not an option immediately resources from these agencies can be used • Workforce Resource (WI Job Center) • Work Experience – paid or unpaid helps in getting a job Step Three: Develop Natural Supports • Car pool, job coach, business people you know
Programming that usually includes work (often volunteer), community activities, and social activities during the day. Some provide transportation. Examples: • Bridge for Youth and Adults with Disabilities, Hudson • Aurora, Menomonie with many satellite sites • St. Croix Industries, New Richmond • Chippewa River Industries, Menomonie and Chippewa Falls • ProAct, Hudson • Endeavors, Balsam Lake Always tour all of your options to find the right fit This can fill days until work is found • Or, if your loved one does not wish to work Adult Service Agencies • Ask for referrals or ideas
Funding: • Adult Services (have to be approved) • SSI money • Private Pay Thereis an application process to all programs, and at times, a waiting list
Many Options: 1.Adult Continuing Education (Tech or Community) Math, Reading, writing 2.Certificate (3-24 months) Financial Aid is usually not available 3.Two-Year Associate Degree Usually from a Technical College or private Trade School Sometimes generals are required that can make the program longer than two years (RN) 4.“Junior” College Two years of generals. Can establish good study habits, determine a major, and get GPA up for acceptance into a University 5. “4 year” University or College Bachelor’s Degree
Every Institution has a Disability Services office In order to get accommodations students MUST self-disclose Be certain to receive a copy of the Summary of Performance from your Case Manager before you leave school. • Keep this copy • Key information: What accommodations did the student receive in high school and WHY.
Students can receive accommodations at any post-secondary institution according to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) The ADA guarantees reasonable accommodations, which is defined by the institution • Not all accommodations received in high school will be provided in a post-secondary setting
Transitionto work and day programs should begin in the last year of high school, at the latest. • Example: 3 days school, 2 days other OR ½ days of school and other Transitionto post-secondary education needs to begin in the freshmen year of high school. • Self-Advocacy • Career Exploration • Tour and explore in Junior year • Application to institutions beginning of senior or last year of high school
Entitlement (High School) is the right to benefits specified, especially by law or contract (Merriam-Webster, Incorporated, 2012). Eligibility (Adult Life) is being qualified to participate or be chosen ( Merriam- Webster, Incorporated, 2012). Students MUST be self-advocates. No one will find them to provide services, they must seek them out.
Disability Guide to Post Secondary: http://dpi.wi.gov/sped/pdf/tran-disab-docum- guide.pdf Opening Doors to Postsecondary Education and Training http://www.dpi.wi.gov/sped/pdf/tranopndrs.pdf Opening Doors to Self-Determination Skills http://dpi.wi.gov/sped/pdf/tranopndrs-self- determination.pdf Opening Doors Series: http://dpi.wi.gov/pubsales/spcled_10.html
Michelle Uetz firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com Kylee Jungbauer firstname.lastname@example.org Sam Rivers email@example.com