Transition to Adulthood Webinars (Archived)

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Vermont Division of Vocational Rehabilitation: Serving Youth with Disabilities (12/19/18) The Vermont Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) provides free services to high school youth with disabilities working in collaboration with school and community partners. Families of youth and young adults will learn how VR can assist students both during high school and in the years after graduation as they transition into adulthood. Join this webinar to learn about eligibility requirements, services offered, how to get started, what to expect, and where to get more information. Transition counseling services can include: job exploration counseling; work-based learning experiences, which may include in-school, after school or community-based opportunities; counseling on opportunities for enrollment in post-secondary educational programs at institutions of higher education; workplace readiness training to develop social skills and independent living; and instruction in self-advocacy, including peer mentoring. The presenter will also share some case studies of students who received VR services to help them achieve their hopes and dreams. Presenter: Tara Howe, VocRehab Transition Program Director. View PowerPoint.

Creating a Vision for Adulthood (11/29/18) If you are a parent of a young child, the transition to adulthood can seem like a distant bridge to cross. Arriving at that bridge can inspire anxiety, concern and trepidation. Those feelings can be minimized with early preparation and a plan for your child’s transition. Lisa DeNatale and her son Harrison Boutcher will share how they, together with their family and team, designed Harrison’s transition by focusing on the present while never losing sight of the bridge. View PowerPoint.

Guardianship: Consider the Alternatives (10/31/18) Have you been working hard to support your son or daughter to be independent but are worried about keeping them safe? Join the Disability Law Project and the Office of Public Guardian to learn about effective strategies to support a family member or friend in being their own primary decision maker. This webinar will provide an overview of guardianship and alternatives to guardianship. It will also provide sample forms to use as alternatives to guardianship, and resources to help guide you through the process. Presenters: Nancy Breiden, Director, Disability Law Project of Vermont Legal Aid and Jackie Rogers, Director, Office of Public Guardianship. View PowerPoint. Handouts: How to Make a Supported Decision Making Agreement; Vermont Advance Directive for Health Care; Supported Decision Making for Education; Power of Attorney for Education Decision Making; Consent to Authorize Advocacy and Release of Information

Getting and Keeping the First Job (8/29/18) Many families may wonder if their son or daughter can or will be employed. The purpose of this webinar is to help families, caregivers, and professionals understand the realities of today’s work world so they can help youth with disabilities earn competitive employment. Participants will learn the importance of disability self-awareness, how families can help youth with career planning, and strategies to navigate resumes, job interviews, and job accommodations. Particular attention is paid to the role of families in the career exploration and job hunting process. The message of the session is simple: families who understand the world of work, and who maintain high expectations of their youth, can play a pivotal role in the employment success of youth with disabilities. Presenter: Martha Frank, Family Support Consultant, Vermont Family Network. View Power Point.

Preparing for a Healthy College Experience for Youth with Learning or Health Challenges (5/14/18) The excitement of applying to and choosing a college to attend sometimes pushes important considerations to the background. But those considerations–how to communicate with college personnel, what services and support to expect, and how to interpret campus policies–are critical when a student may struggle with health, mental health and learning challenges. This webinar will help students, families and educators become wiser participants in both the college decision process and in efforts to get off to a good start once they’ve arrived on campus. Presenter: Lee Burdette Williams, Ph.D., Higher Education Consultant; Director of Higher Education Training and Development, College Autism Network; Lecturer, University of Vermont Higher Education and Student Affairs graduate program. View Power Point.

Confidence Building for Youth (3/28/18) In Confidence Building, we explore personally who we are, why confidence is vital and how to gain confidence. Participants also explore the role social media plays in confidence in connection to employment. Presenters: Youth Training Team from the Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL): Nate Besio, Tom Hamilton, and Jake Lavigne. View PowerPoint.

Navigating the Adult Service System:  Rough Seas Ahead (5/24/17) Families are strongly encouraged to begin planning early for adult services. But what do those services look like? Where are they located administratively? What are the eligibility requirements? And how can you blend and braid funding to ensure necessary supports are in place?  This webinar gives a basic overview of the various systems that deliver services to adults with complex physical and intellectual disabilities. These include Vocational Rehabilitation, Developmental Services, and Choices for Care. Special attention will be given to programs that promote competitive employment while protecting access to Medicaid and other public benefits. Presenter:  Kirsten Murphy, Executive Director of the Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council.  Ms. Murphy is the parent of three young adults with developmental disabilities or mental health challenges. View PowerPoint.

Tour of Transition Toolkit for Youth with Disabilities (12/7/16) This webinar is a tour of the Transition Toolkit for Youth with Disabilities. The Toolkit is a new resource for families, youth, and professionals. It provides information and links to many transition to adulthood topics. The Toolkit is the result of collaborative work and grant award funded by Vocational Rehabilitation. Presenter: Martha Frank, Family Support Consultant, Vermont Family Network

Your Voice is Your Vote! (10/12/16) With this big election coming up, what a great time to learn how to vote. Did you know that if you are going to be 18 years old on election day, are a US citizen, and you live in Vermont, you can vote. You don’t need anyone’s permission. Join members of the Peer Services Team from Northwestern Counseling and Support Services to get useful tips on your right to vote, how your vote really counts, getting help if you need accommodations, voting at the polls, and simple ways to register to vote. Even if you are not 18 years old on voting day, this is helpful information because you are never too young to prepare for voting.  Presenters: Sydnee Boyd and Randy Lizotte

Transition from Adolescent to Adult Health Care (8/31/16) Presenters will explore how to begin the discussion about transitioning adolescents to adult models of care, including steps to begin the transition, timelines, transition care documents, differences in child and adult models of care, and tips/guidelines to consider. This webinar is for families, youth, and the service providers who support them. Presenters: Allyson Bolduc, MD, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine and Jill Rinehart, MD FAAP, Hagan, Rinehart & Connolly Pediatricians, PLLC; AAP, American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter; Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Vermont College of Medicine. View PowerPoint.

Effective Family Engagement in Transition (3/11/16). This presentation highlights the importance of involving families in transition planning and how this can assist Vocation Rehabilitation Counselors in working with families and transition age youth who are eligible for their services. Presenter: Martha Frank, Vermont Family Network, Family Support Consultant View PowerPoint.

For Educational Surrogate Parents: Transition to Adulthood (5/11/15). The role of an Educational Surrogate Parent (ESP) involves many rights and responsibilities in planning the education program that meets a child’s special needs. Your primary responsibility is to represent the child when decisions about his special education programs and services are being made. Listen to this webinar to learn about transition planning as part of the IEP process, transition services, transfer of rights, an overview of guardianship, tips on self-advocacy and tips for parents, and resources. Presenters: Christine Kilpatrick and Janice Sabett, Family Support Consultants, Vermont Family Network. View PowerPoint.

The Relationship Between IEP, Personalized Learning Plan, and Proficiency-Based Grad Requirements: What Parents Need to Know  (4/29/15). Does your child have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) in school? The recent enactment of Personalized Learning Plan (PLP) requirements through Act 77 will help students achieve academic success, be prepared for post-secondary opportunities, and engage actively in civic life. Schools will need to ensure that they have designed a PLP process for implementation beginning in the fall of 2015. Proficiency-Based Graduation Requirements (PBGRs) are the locally-delineated set of content knowledge and skills connected to state standards that, when supplemented with any additional locally-developed requirements, have been determined to qualify a student for earning a high school diploma. Vermont’s Education Quality Standards (EQS) require that schools’ graduation requirements be rooted in demonstrations of student proficiency, as opposed to time spent in classrooms. This requirement will take effect in Vermont beginning with the graduating class of 2020. Join this webinar to learn about these new programs, the differences between them, and what it means for your child with a disability. Presenter: John Spinney, Post-Secondary Transition Coordinator, Integrated Support for Learning, VT Agency of Education. View PowerPoint.

Discovering and Following Your Passions – Supporting Your Child in Creating a Career Path (4/15/15). This webinar is designed to help parents understand the process of supporting a young person to learn about themselves, develop skills and experience, discover passions and begin to create a career path for their future. We will be exploring assessment strategies, creating tools to secure employment, developing jobs that match their personal profile and attaining and maintaining a career under the progressive employment model. This information will be provided by professionals in the field as well as stories of young people who have had these experiences. Presenters: Ellen Berrings, M.Ed., Transition Specialist, Harwood Union High School, and Rachael Potts, M.Ed, Transition Specialist, Harwood Union High School. View PowerPoint.

The Role and Process of Vocational Rehabilitation in Transition  (11/5/14). This webinar will discuss eligibility guidelines for VocRehab services, scope and timeline for VocRehab services, the VocRehab process, and will distinguish VocRehab services from other adult employment services. Presenter: Eric Johnson, Senior Transition Counselor, VocRehab Vermont. View PowerPoint.

Transition Assessments: What are they, how are they used and how are they individualized? (3/5/14). Transition assessments are an ongoing process of collecting data on a student’s needs, preferences, and interests as they relate to the demands of current and future working, educational and community living environments. Assessment data serve as the common thread in the IEP transition process and form the basis for writing the transition plan in the IEP. This webinar will explore different student case studies that represent a wide variation in disability, and the assessments used for each of those students. Presenters: John Spinney, Post-Secondary Transiton Specialist, SPDG Secondary Transition Project Coordinator, VT AOE. View PowerPoint.

Post-Secondary Transition for Students with Disabilities in Vermont  (2/21/13). In this webinar we will review the transition process for students with disabilities in Vermont and explore the available resources that are linked through the online Vermont Transition Learning Community. We will discuss how parents can work collaboratively with IEP teams on transition issues. We will also take a look at what transition services may look like for students with mild, moderate and severe disabilities. Presenter: John Spinney, Special Education Consultant, Post-Secondary Transition Specialist, VT Agency of Education. View PowerPoint.



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