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1 Achieving the Dream – Transition to Post – Secondary Education for Students with Disabilities. What is your dream for your child?

2 Agenda: Transition Planning Overview. Helping Your Teen Build a Dream. DVD: Real Life Stories. Five Steps of Transition Planning..

3 Student Student-Centred Planning. Keeping the best interests of the student as the focus of planning. Helping the student build their dream and share it with others. Having high expectations for the student, along with needed supports to ensure success.

4 Advance planning for entry into post- secondary education is essential. Parents will need to: Communicate to others the students needs. Become familiar with resources, supports and funding, including: Accommodations and adaptive technology. Ensure the student applies in advance. Be actively involved.

5 Selecting courses. Exploring interests, skills and dreams. Volunteering, extra curricular activities, work experience. Taking part in IPP team meetings. Learning to describe the disability and to identify the accommodations that help. Start Planning During Junior High.

6 Start with the dream: … all that life can be…

7 A full and rich learning experience … in the company of students and friends … with people to help along the way … and the satisfaction of meeting goals and achieving dreams.

8 Tips for Helping Your Teen Build a Dream. Your teen may need to learn how to dream.

9 Start with the dream:...all that life can be…

10 Student Get Ready Form Planning Team Develop & Implement Plan Monitor & Update Plan Hold Exit Meeting TRANSITION PLANNING.

11 Help Your Teen Create a Portfolio. Portfolio - a collection of documents and photographs. - the portable, self-contained record of your teens experiences and accomplishments.

12 Carlys Career Exploration. Gradual approach. Real life situations. Interests and strengths. Challenges and limitations.

13 The Duty to Accommodate: ….. To the point of undue hardship ….. The Disability Service Office. Note Takers. Software voice programs to assist students with reading or writing. Extended time for exams, oral exams or special locations for exams. Examples of Accommodations:

14 Vulnerabilities and Safeguards: Vulnerabilities: Being Ignored. Being Taken Advantage of. Safeguards: Participation in student activities. Knowing their rights. Learning how to self advocate.

15 Choosing a Post- Secondary Program. Your teen may be considering: A technical institute. An apprenticeship or industry training program. A college or university.

16 FUNDING POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION: Are You A Post-Secondary Student With A Permanent Disability? Visit

17 Step 2: Form Transition Planning Team. Students Role: … Expressing his/her wishes and needs. Parents Role: … Supporting students in expressing their wishes and needs. … Assisting the team to stay focused on the students strengths and abilities.

18 Step 3: Develop and Implement Plan. A plan is put into action: Choose institution/program. Visit Disability Service Office. Make application. Required assessments and required documents. Funding for tuition and accommodations. Support network on and off campus. Living arrangements, etc.

19 Step 4: Monitor and Update Plan. Team reviews plan every six months. During grade11 team meets more often to review and update plan and ensure deadlines are met. An important role of the teen and parent is to ensure all short and long term goals will be met: … before the teen starts post-secondary studies …

20 Step 5: Hold Exit Meeting. Hold final transition planning meeting well before graduation to allow time to follow up any outstanding items.

21 Dream Facilitator. … having a group of supporters and champions to call upon can have tremendous benefits for the young adult and for the family of the young adult …

22 Parent Workshop Evaluation. Please take a few minutes to complete the workshop evaluation sheet. Thank you for attending.


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