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TRANSITION WORKSHOPS: A Novel Way to Tackle IEP Transition Goals 9 th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute October 29, 2014 Jeanne Pease – Tulsa Public.

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1 TRANSITION WORKSHOPS: A Novel Way to Tackle IEP Transition Goals 9 th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute October 29, 2014 Jeanne Pease – Tulsa Public Schools Kaye Ellis – Tulsa Community College Sandy Keesee – OK Department Rehab Services Azael BuPerry – Total Source for Hearing Loss and Access (TSHA), Deaf Services Specialist

2 How We Got Started… 4 Different Agencies Had Transition on Their Mind TSHA, a non-profit agency serving people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (D/HH) TCC-NE, a community college with a resource center for D/HH students DRS for D/HH, which exists for transition TPS, school district with a sizeable number of D/HH high school kids

3 It All Came Together During a Coincidental Lunch 3 of us bumped into each other at a restaurant. We talked… about transition. Which led to the idea of having TCC host a workshop for the D/HH in the area. Which led to s seeking feedback from teachers and other stakeholders. Which led to the first planning meeting in April for a Transition Day workshop in the fall.

4 Planning Steps Build a committee representing all stakeholders Identify funding sources in the community Identify student populations to invite: we looked at the whole NE OK region, since D/HH numbers not big. Brainstorm and get feedback from students, teachers, and community regarding topics

5 What to Do, Oh What to Do? We settled on 2 main topics: transition options and how to get/keep that first job. Couldn’t get it all in one workshop, so decided to do 2, one in the fall and one in the spring. Fall topic was college and career readiness, and the spring topic was equipping students for that “first job” experience.

6 YOUR FUTURE: A WORLD OF OPPORTUNITY! September 2013-Tulsa Community College

7 Logistics to Consider Location IT and media needs Accommodations Food Invitations Manpower-Volunteers

8 YOUR FUTURE: A WORLD OF OPPORTUNITY! September 26, :30-9:00Registration 9:00-9:15Welcome- TCC, Dr. John Gibson 9:15-9:35Ponder the Possibilities! – DRS 9:40-10:00State Equipment Demo – Jason Sledd 10:00 Travel to first Breakout Session – Group 1- Seminar Center- Academic Building College and information booths Group 2- Computer Lab, Academic Building, room 2221 iTransition - “It’s My Plan” – Kaye Ellis, TCC-RCDHH 10:55Travel to second Breakout Session Group 1- Computer Lab, Academic Building, room 2221 iTransition – “It’s My Plan”- Kaye Ellis, TCC-RCDHH Group 2 - Seminar Center, Academic Building College and information booths

9 11:45-12:15Lunch – Seminar Center Turn in your booth checklist for chance for prizes 12:15-1:00Panel Discussion- Seminar Center 1:00 Travel to Auditorium 1:10 There’s an App for That! – Kaye Ellis, TCC-RCDHH Ticket drawings for prizes 1:30-1:45Closing

10 iTransition - “It’s My Plan” Kaye Ellis, TCC-RCDHH

11 Accessible Interpreters – Available for main sessions and breakout sessions as well as in the room with booths. Captioning * – Used in main sessions and the breakout sessions. Choice of location *Captioning allowed students who are hard of hearing to feel fully included.

12 Student Involvement- Your Future! iTransition breakout session: Students created Pepnet accounts so they could log in directly to the iTransition tools. Booths: Students were able to visit booths of their choice to ask questions and gather resources. Panel: Students were encouraged to ask questions.

13 $UMMER $TEPPING $TONES TO $UCCESS May 2014 – Tulsa Technology Center

14 $ummer $tepping $tones to $uccess Focus was on equipping students for that first summer job. For many, that first job is food- related, requiring a food handler’s permit… Which requires attending a food safety class and passing a test. For students on an IEP, this may be difficult without modifications. On top of that, D/HH often face language and communication barriers.

15 Morning Agenda 8:45-10:45 Food Safety class – how we got around language barriers 10:45-11:30 Food Handler’s permit test – how we individualized for various needs 11:30-12:00 “Box lunch” from Tulsa Tech and socialization time

16 Afternoon Agenda 12:00-1:15 Two 35-minute breakout sessions Breakout Group A: Summer job possibilities tour – Students visited 3 tables to interview people in food- related jobs Breakout Group B: Yays/Nays of Getting/Keeping a Job – Students participated in interactive skits highlighting do’s & don’ts of interviewing and job duties 1:15-1:30 Feedback forms completed and drawings for prizes

17 Student Involvement – Summer Jobs Students took a class and a test in preparation for a possible summer job. Students interviewed people to get more information about food-related job possibilities. Students participated in interactive skits to understand good/bad decisions while on the job, as well as ADA rights for communication access. Students were given follow-up assignments to complete at school with their teachers.

18 Wrapping Up – Lessons Learned Feedback from students, teachers and schools indicated that one Transition Day per year would work better. Alternate themes each year The Food Safety class could be offered in a similar manner to D/HH adults and teens. Start planning way in advance, especially for donation requests, since many businesses have budgets and committees who decide what donations to give.

19 Questions

20 Contact Us Azael BuPerry – Kaye Ellis – Sandy Keesee – Jeanne Pease –


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