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.

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Upcoming Journey Webinars

Using our MAP to Guide Transition-Aged Students in their Journey to Achieve Post-School Outcomes

Monday January 24, 2022 at 2:30 PM

Presenters: Kitty Kromer, Transition Coordinator, Columbiana County ESC; Sarah Trout, MRC, CRC, Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities

Follow the journey of one multi-agency county-based team as they collaborate to empower youth and young adults with disabilities in their transition from school to adulthood. The presenters will share highlights of the services and programs from middle school through age 22 available in the county’s schools and programs. The transition programs, vocational experiences and multi-agency services will be demonstrated through authentic videos and photographs. Join us to see how these teams create unique and effective transition programs for youth with a variety of abilities and disabilities.

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Charting the LifeCourse Tools for Transition Assessment and Planning

Monday February 28, 2022 at 2:30 PM

Presenters: Jenna Allen, OCALI Transition to Adulthood Consultant and LifeCourse Ambassador

Charting the LifeCourse is a simple and effective framework to help individuals and families of all abilities and all ages develop a vision for a good life, think about what they need to know and do, identify how to find or develop supports, and discover what it takes to live the lives they want to live. In this session, you will learn how to use Charting the LifeCourse tools to:

  • Engage students and their families in transition assessment and planning

  • Acquire data to assist in completing the IEP, ISP and IPE

  • Ensure that education and service planning aligns with each youth’s desired outcomes for adult life

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What Educators Need (and Want) to Know About Medications

November 29, 2021

Presenters: Dr. Sara Dugan, PHARM.D., BCPP, BCPS, Associate Professor Psychiatry, Northeast Ohio Medical University

Many youth today are using medications to assist in their ability to function more successfully in the home, school and community. While medications can be a positive support for learning and participating in school activities, side effects can occur that range from mild discomfort to very serious. It is important for educators to understand the intended positive outcomes of medication use, as well as the unintended side effects that can occur. Dr. Sara Dugan offers insights into frequently prescribed medications and what teachers should be aware of as they teach and support students using these medications.

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Creating the Perfect Storm: Developing Meaningful Vocational Experiences for Youth with Complex Needs

October 25, 2021

Presenters: Kathy Kleiser and Josh Welhener, Transition Coordinators with the Greene County Board of Developmental Disabilities

Developing vocational experiences for students with developmental disabilities, including youth with complex needs, requires attention and planning to a variety of important areas. Explore the importance of starting early, the relationship between work experiences and self-determination, and making the experiences intentional and authentic leading to paid employment. Gain insights into the important of collaborating with families and community agencies for successful employment outcomes.

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Practices to Enhance Family Engagement

September 27, 2021

Families and caregivers play an integral role in every students transition to adulthood. Research shows when educators and other professionals use a variety of tools and strategies to inform, prepare, and engage families, our students have better adult life outcomes. In this Journey webinar, Tom Capretta from The Ohio State University Statewide Family Engagement Center discusses the research around family engagement, how to implement these into your professional work, and tools to refresh your agency’s family engagement activities.

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