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Community: Exiting - Part B

Graduation. reduced dropout rates, increased graduation rates, plus transition to postsecondary education, employment, civic engagement, and adult community living.


Two new webinars have been posted on Shared Work under the Transition Community of Practice.  The first webinar responds to the question, "Why does cultural responsivity matter?  The second webinar shares wonderful resources you should know about as we open the 2014-15 School Year!


Interested in the youth voice? Through the personal stories and insights of youth from Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Hampshire, Michigan, Virginia, and Washington, DC webinar participants will learn about:
• The youth experience and role in transition
• The power of authentic youth engagement, self-determination and leadership in transition
• Ideas for how to best support youth in the transition process

To view this webinar, click on the link above or go to Sharedwork  and click on the youth-lead webinar on the right hand side of the page.


The New GEDThe American Council on Education has developed the GED tests to accommodate people who have not graduated from high school to demonstrate their abilities associated with completion of a high school program of study.  The GED has changed to measure both high school equivalency and college and career readiness. The new assessment is aligned with the Common Core State Standards and will only be delivered through a computer-based format.

To view click on the link or go to Sharedwork  and click on The New GED on the right hand side of the page.


The Nature of Effective Individualized Learning Plans and Their Promise in Supporting College and Career Readiness

Presenters: V. Scott Solberg, Ph. D. at Boston University and Taryn Williams, M.Ed., at the youth policy team within the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the U.S. Department of Labor

Based on an on-going national study sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), this webinar will describe the nature of individualized learning plans (ILPs), share promising ILP implementation practices, identify how ILPs serve as a bridge in supporting both college and career readiness outcomes, and describe empirical research results related to these efforts.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Recording of the webinar:

If you have questions, please contact Catherine Fowler,

Strategies for Implementing Transition Supports for Young Adults with Disabilities

June 8th Power Points

The OSEP funded Parent Training and Information Centers: Vicki Benson, Ilena “Bebe” Perez, and Reve Guimont from Exceptional Parents Unlimited – California; Connie Zienkewicz from Families Together - Kansas; and Nelsinia Wroblewski from WI FACETS – Wisconsin shared highlights from their transition projects, outreach and education efforts around supporting young adults with disabilities and their families. 

The webinar presenters discussed strategies for implementing transition supports for young adults with disabilities that can lead to meaningful employment and volunteer opportunities in areas that are urban, rural as well as in areas with high unemployment rates.

To download materials in advance click here:


Archived Webinar - Customized Employment presented by Ellen Condon of the Center for Excellence in Disability Education, Research and Service at the University of Montana's Rural Institute.

Click HERE to access the webinar on Customized Employment.

For additional resources on customized employment click on this link Department of Labor


Past activity- recorded webinar

A recording of the December 7, 2010 webinar "Preparing Students with Disabilities for Postsecondary Success", presented by Drs. Colleen Thoma, Elizabeth Getzel, and Kristine Webb is available at this link:

A recording of the September, 2010 webinar, presented by Judy Shanley with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education is available at  Postsecondary Education Participation for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

When you click on the link a form will ask for your first and last name plus your email address.  Once this is submitted you will have access to the recording.

Partner Organizations

National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center, Region 2 Parent Technical Assistance Center, and the Vriginia Department of Education