Revised Transition Guide published

From the U.S. Department of Education…

Seal of the US Dept of EducationThe Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), of the U.S. Department of Education (Department), is pleased to publish, A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities.

OSERS’ mission is to improve early childhood, educational, and employment outcomes and raise expectations for all individuals with disabilities, their families, their communities, and the nation. To assist students and youth with disabilities to achieve their post-school and career goals, Congress enacted two key statutes that address the provision of transition services: the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehabilitation Act), as amended by Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The IDEA is administered by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), and Titles I, III, and VI, section 509, and
chapter 2 of Title VII of the Rehabilitation Act are administered by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA). OSEP and RSA, both components of OSERS, provide oversight and guidance regarding the administration and provision of transition services by State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), and State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies.

Both the IDEA and the Rehabilitation Act make clear that transition services require a coordinated set of activities for a student with a disability within an outcome-oriented process. This process promotes movement from school to post-school activities, such as postsecondary education, and includes vocational training, and competitive integrated employment. Active student involvement, family engagement, and cooperative implementation of transition activities, as well as coordination and collaboration between the VR agency, the SEA, and the LEAs are essential to the creation of a process that results in no undue delay or disruption in service delivery. The student’s transition from school to postschool activities is a shared responsibility.

OSERS presents this transition guide to advance our efforts in ensuring that all students and youth with disabilities are equipped with the skills and knowledge to be engaged in the 21st Century workforce.

Download/read a copy of A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities from the OSERS’ website – PDF - requires plugin

Transition: The High School Years Workshops

family of teenThe Pine Tree Society and Maine Parent Federation have partners to offer a program geared toward youth of transition age (grades 7-12) with disabilities and their parents/caregivers!

Finding Your Voice is a fun, interactive workshop for youth with disabilities co-led by a young adult who has firsthand experience navigating transition to adulthood, along with a Maine Parent Federation facilitator. The conversation will focus on ways to become better, stronger self-advocates. Whatever your hopes, dreams, and goals are for your future, being able to make decisions and speak up for what you want and need to be successful is important now and in the future.

Concurrently, parents will participate in a workshop geared toward their needs.  Transition: The High School Years, is a workshop designed to educate participants on rights and responsibilities around their child’s transition to adulthood.

There are 3 dates/locations to choose from:

  • Wednesday, April 5: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Pine Tree Society, 149 Front St., Bath, ME.
  • Tuesday, April 11: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Pine Tree Society, 71 US Route 1, Scarborough, ME.
  • Tuesday, May 2: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Pine Tree Society, 368 Minot Ave., Auburn, ME.

Please use this link for more information and to register...