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

Pediatric to Adult Healthcare Transition 

Monday, September 26, 2022 at 2:30 PM

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.

Presenter: LaDonna Morales, MSW LISW-S 

Adolescent and Transition Medicine (ATM); Social Work Care Manager at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center



Family Engagement: Building a Strong Foundation  

Monday, October 24, 2022 at 2:30 PM

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.

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



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How to Decide?: Alternatives to Guardianship

Monday, August 29, 2022 at 2:30 PM

Presenter: Josh Young, Director of Operations, Ohio Network for Innovation

As youth with complex needs transition to adulthood, many families consider applying for legal guardianship to continue supporting their loved one. But guardianship is only one way that families and other allies can support people with disabilities to make decisions. Join us to learn more about the variety of options that people with disabilities use to help make decisions for their lives. We will also discuss how to ensure that decision making skill development is included in transition planning for youth.

Transition Planning for the Whole Person Resources

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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

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.

Journey Family Engagement - Activity Responses

Myth of Hard to Reach Families Resources