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

Fueling Up with Self and Others!

Monday, May 22, 2023 at 2:30 PM

Caregivers and support professionals are often glorified for putting everyone's needs before their own.  No more!  Focusing on YOU with the support of safe others is the key to healthy relationships, work/life balance and finding joy in our days no matter the stressors that arise.  In this session we'll engage in some self-reflection about the areas in our life that could use some TLC and identify practices and people to join us as we center our own needs and well-being. 


Presenter: Sarah Buffie, MSW, LSW


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Transportation Resources and Transition Planning Considerations

Monday, April 24, 2023 at 2:30 PM

Presenter: Britta Hough, Community Life Engagement Project Manager

Transportation plays a critical role in ensuring successful transition outcomes for students with disabilities to live and work in the community as adults. During this session, participants will explore different transportation options, strategies, and considerations for transition planning to ensure youth have access to transportation during and after the transition from high school.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to identify a minimum of one transportation option for transition aged youth.
  • Participants will learn about the importance of discussing transportation planning during the IEP/Transition process.
  • Participants will be able to identify a minimum of one transportation strategy that they can include in a transition aged youths individualized transition plan.

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Supporting Multi-System Youth and the Family Unit

Monday, March 27, 2023 at 2:30 PM

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

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be aware of the role of the OCALI MSY Youth and Family Regional Coach.
  • Participants will gain knowledge of multi-system youth and their families and their needs and challenges that require support.
  • Participants will identify several strategies, supports, or resources that can be helpful for multi-system youth and/or their families across multiple settings.

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

Monday, February 27, 2022 at 2:30 PM

Presenter: Jenna Allen, MAT

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to select effective support practices based on each student’s unique strengths and challenges.
  • Participants will be able to evaluate and improve their use of effective practices with students they support.

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