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

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Transition Planning for the Whole Person: An Individualized Journey

Monday, May 23, 2022 at 2:30 PM

Presenter: Sarra Burnham and Britta Hough, DODD Community Life Engagement Project Managers

Transitioning to adult life requires planning for more than just postsecondary education and employment. All life domains need to be considered when developing the vision and support plan for a student’s desired adult life. Learn how Charting the LifeCourse can be used as a guide to look at all aspects of a student’s life and will discuss how to identify resources and supports to achieve desired outcomes.

Transition Planning for the Whole Person Resources


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Exploring the Myth of “Hard-to-Reach Families”: Maximizing Family Partnership Through Intentional Communication

Monday April 25, 2022 at 2:30 PM

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

Family Engagement must be intentional and inclusive to reach all of the families we work and serve. With that in mind, there are times where schools have trouble connecting with some families, leading educators to believe that thin that these families are “hard-to-reach” or not engaged in their child’s learning. This webinar discusses the “myth of hard-to-reach families”, as proposed by Dr. Karen Mapp and Dr. Soo Hong, and core beliefs to move past that myth.

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Myth of Hard to Reach Families Resources


Functional Behavior Assessment for Youth with Complex Needs – Beyond A-B-C

March 28, 2022

Presenter: Chris Filler, OCALI Special Projects Manager, Multi-System Initiatives, Co-Manager Multi-System Navigation Center

Youth with complex and intensive needs often present with distressed behaviors that are difficult to understand. A Functional Behavior Assessment or FBA is helpful to determine the root cause of these behaviors, however, the assessment must take into multiple factors. Join us for a discussion of the type of FBA that goes below the surface and beyond the typical Antecedent-Behavior-Consequence model. Resources to assist in this process will be introduced.

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Why Behaviors Occur: A Quick Reference to Assist in Planning