The Journey

A series of brief webinars spotlighting transition planning tools and resources

The Transition from School to Adult Life is an ongoing journey. Youth with complex and unique needs often require teams to have access to a variety of tools, resources, and people to plan and prepare for the future.

This series is designed to enhance the transition process and practices of County Board of Developmental Disabilities School transition staff as they plan The Journey with youth, families and agency partners.

The Journey - Resource Sharing Webinars

Effective Practices : Supporting Youth In School, In the Community, and On the Job  

Monday, February 27, 2023 at 2:30 PM

The Ohio Employment First Transition Framework Effective Practices Tool provides research-based methods and strategies for teachers, job coaches, and other professionals who prepare youth to work in the community. It was recently updated to include additional support strategies and improve ease of use. This session will provide a brief overview of the tool, with a focus on how to select and evaluate effective practices for each individual student. 


Presenter: Jenna Allen, Transition to Adulthood Consultant, OCALI Lifespan Transitions Center  


Supporting Multi-System Youth and the Family Unit  

Monday, March 27, 2023 at 2:30 PM

In this session, several of the OCALI MSY Coach Network will discuss multi-system youth and identified trends. MSY youth and family needs will be shared, as well as interventions and strategies that are often helpful and supportive in the home, school, and community. Teachers, service coordinators, therapist, and other professionals will benefit from learning more about the needs of MSY and their families as well as supports and strategies that have been found to be effective.



OCALI Multi-System Youth and Family Coaches: Bambi Zinkon, Kelly Elton, Steve Metrek, Sydney Cook  

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Social Security Disability: What Professionals Need to Know

Monday, November 28, 2022 at 2:30 PM

Presenter: Theresa Busher, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist, Central/Southern Ohio; Kelly Draggoo, Public Affairs Specialist for Central and Southern Ohio

Please join us as Social Security Public Affairs Specialists Kelly Draggoo and Theresa Busher present on Social Security Disability: An Overview of SSI and SSDI - What Professionals Need to Know.

The presentation will cover:

  • The difference between SSI (Supplemental Security Income) vs SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance);
  • Eligibility factors of entitlement for both SSD and SSI;
  • Social Security’s definition of disability for those under and over age 18;
  • Applying for disability benefits and the national SSI 3rd Party VPAP Application Project;
  • And more.

Social Security Disability: What Professionals Need to Know Resources Document

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Family Engagement: Building a Strong Foundation by Tom Capretta

Monday, October 24, 2022 at 2:30 PM

Presenter: Tom Capretta, BA, MPA, Family Engagement Project Coordinator with the Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center

In this session, Thomas Capretta of the Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center will guide participants through identifying the conditions that impact a family’s engagement in their child’s education and what we can do to maximize the way families are engaging and strategies to encourage additional forms of engagement. Participants will have an opportunity to work on applying this knowledge to real scenarios from their education programs while receiving feedback and collaborating with others.

Family Engagement: Building a Strong Foundation Resources Document

Pediatric to Adult Healthcare Transition

Monday, September 26, 2022 at 2:30 PM

Presenter: LaDonna Morales, MSW, LISW-S, Adolescent and Transition Medicine (ATM), Social Work Care Manager

In this session, LaDonna Morales of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will discuss how to prepare individuals and their families for the transition from pediatric medical care to adult healthcare. Join us to learn more about how to prepare individuals and their families on how to become an adult in the medical setting, how to engage and work with pediatric providers during this transition, how to decide who will be on the adult medical team, and how this all ties into transition planning for youth.

Pediatric to Adult Healthcare Transition Resources

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