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

Spotlighting Tools and Resources for Youth with Complex Support Needs. These webinars are designed for teams assisting youth with complex support needs and their families. Webinars are designed to enhance the practices of transition teams as they support youth and families to navigate the process of their own journey to adulthood.


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Trauma and Youth with Complex Needs

April 19, 2021

Youth with complex support needs often experience high levels of trauma that may not be easily recognized. This webinar will review the source of trauma that many youth with complex needs will encounter, potential impact of the trauma and resources to assist to support the youth and family.

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Assistive Technology and Youth with Complex Support Needs: Resources and Considerations

March 22, 2021

Ever wonder if the students you support could benefit from AT? Do you have a student who uses AT currently or used AT in the past and it no longer seems to provide the needed support? This webinar will provide an overview of AT with a focus on transition age students with the most complex needs. Resources will be provided to expand your knowledge on how to consider, assess, and implement AT. Participants will also learn about a free AT virtual training program and other opportunities provided specifically for Ohio county board of developmental disability staff by the AT&AEM Center, funded by the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act.

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Targeting Meaningful Curriculum for Transition Age Youth with Complex Needs

February 22, 2021

Academic and transition skills can come together to weave a strong foundation for transition age youth. The key in weaving the strongest foundations lies in the design of meaningful and individualized curriculum. Prior to and during transition years in school, it is important to provide equitable access to content knowledge that is presented in life-applied lessons and activities while weaving in transition skills.

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Supporting Positive Behavior: The Ziggurat Model

January 11, 2021

Learn about the Ziggurat Model and how using this approach can facilitate a team to create proactive, positive supports to address challenging behaviors for youth with complex support needs.

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Upcoming Journey Webinars

May 17, 2021

"What I Wish I Knew Then": Parent Perspective Following High School 

Parent Panel with Moderator Chris Filler, OCALI Lifespan Transitions Center

Parents of young adults with complex support needs offer insights and considerations after experiencing life after high school. This panel discussion is an authentic dialogue providing educators, SSAs, OOD counselors, families and others awareness of what was most helpful during the school years and what else might have been more helpful in order to prepare for the future.

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