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Specific Resources for WI and St. Croix, Pierce, and Polk Counties in WI.

Specific Resources for WI and St. Croix, Pierce, and Polk Counties in WI.

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  • MichellePost-Secondary Education Options include Certificate, 2 year program, Junior College (generals), 4 year UniversityDiscuss the consequences of choosing to have nothing planned – ask students what happens when they do nothing all day. Ask parents the same.
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  • 1. 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
  • 2.  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,
  • 3.  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
  • 4.  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
  • 5.  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
  • 6.  Funding: • Adult Services (have to be approved) • SSI money • Private Pay Thereis an application process to all programs, and at times, a waiting list
  • 7.  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
  • 8.  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.
  • 9.  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
  • 10.  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
  • 11.  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.
  • 12.  Many people have a piece of the puzzle
  • 13.  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
  • 14.  Michelle Uetz michelle.uetz@rfsd.k12.wi.us OR michelleuetz@yahoo.com Kylee Jungbauer bridge4ywd@gmail.com Sam Rivers srivers@unity.k12.wi.us