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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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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Get Acquainted with OCALI Resources

August 30, 2021

“It’s the best kept secret.” “Wonderful resources that are practical and research and evidenced-based.”

That’s how a few people describe OCALI’s resources. Whether you’re an avid user or looking to learn more, take a tour of the OCALI website to learn about various resources and tools for professionals and family members, many of which are free. Uncover information that will support your needs and assist transition youth with complex needs and their families.

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

May 17, 2021

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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 Additional recorded Journey webinars are available in the  Video Gallery. 

Upcoming Journey Webinars

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

Date: Monday October 25, 2021 at 2:30 PM

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

Learn more about developing vocational experiences for students with developmental disabilities, including youth with complex needs. Hear more about the importance of starting early, the relationship between work experiences and self-determination, and making the experiences intentional, authentic, and chaining/bridging the experiences so they lead to paid employment. Using actual cases, presenters will highlight what they have found to be most successful, including the importance of collaboration with the agencies and individuals that work with these students. 

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What Educators Need (and Want) to Know About Medication

Date: Monday November 29, 2021 at 2:30 PM

Presenter: 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. Join Dr. Sara Dugan as she 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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