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1 Region 5 Spring Institute April 7, 2011 Coconut Creek, FL

2 Presented By: Jordan T. Knab, Director University of South Florida St. Petersburg st Street South, SVB 108 St. Petersburg, FL p (727) f (727)

3 Regional Transition Representatives Yellow: Lori Garcia (1) Orange: Patrick Mulvihill (2) Green: Heather Mack (3) Blue: Federico Valadez (4) Pink: Lisa Friedman-Chavez (5)

4 Major Initiatives Capacity Building Interagency Collaboration Transition Legislation & Policy Student Development & Outcomes

5 Capacity Building Regional Transition Representatives Needs Assessment of Districts Strategic Targeting of Priority Needs Prioritizing Targeted Districts Training, Technical Assistance & Resources Preferred Method of Delivery Seek to Address Challenges District Mentoring Network

6 Currently… Professional Development Trainings specific to District Needs Assessment Most requested areas of training/technical assistance include: – Transition Assessment – School Based Enterprise – Measurable Post Secondary Goals – 18 to 22 year old programs

7 To date: 65 Transition Needs Assessments have been conducted in districts across the state. A final report is currently being drafted. Results are used for district planning and addressing Indicators 1,2,13, and 14

8 Capacity Building cont. Collaboration with other Projects & Agencies ArtThread & VSA Florida DD Council, Inc. / Partners in Transition Family Network on Disabilities Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS) Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) SEDNET Florida Inclusion Network (FIN) Department of Juvenile Justice

9 Interagency Collaboration Provide Support to State Secondary Transition Interagency Committee input from stakeholders RTRs lead 5 subcommittees Collaborate in Related State Activities Health Care Transition Task Force Traumatic Brain Injury/Spinal Cord Injury Transition Committee Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc. Governors Commission on Disabilities Support District Level Interagency Councils

10 Collaborative Partnership Governors Commission on Disabilities Florida Department of Education Pinellas County Schools University of South Florida St. Petersburg Project 10

11 Project 10 STING RAY

12 Students Transitioning Into the Next Generation Recognizing Alternatives for Youth

13 First STING RAY Class

14 Major Components The campus is the classroom. STING RAY Room FAPE funding Auditing of courses alongside degree seeking peers Employment supports Mentor model of natural supports Independent living/residential Advisory Committee

15 Scholarship and Financial Aid

16 The stages of career education, as describe by Wehman and Kregel (1997), reflect a progression beginning in the elementary and middle grades with career awareness and exploration, and movement toward career preparation and job placement in senior high through graduation. For students with disabilities age 18 through 22 participating in Project STING RAY, the two final stages of career education – career preparation and job placement – will be the foci. Career Awareness Career Exploration Career Preparation Job Placement

17 What do parents say? My child has become more responsible at home, cleaning up after himself and following through with my requests. My daughter now talks about living independently someday.

18 My son is more comfortable being out and about in public. She is excited about coming to school. He tells everyone I go to USF!

19 GOALS Develop a Curriculum Framework that can be tailored to either a 2 year or 4 year setting, with an end goal of substantial, gainful employment and mastery of independent living skills.

20 GOALS (cont.) Develop a sustainable and replicable model that can be utilized anywhere across the state and with any existing postsecondary institution.

21 HEOA 2008 Funding in 2010 National Coordinating Center and 28 IHE sites throughout the US USF St. Petersburg as lead with UNF and Lynn as Consortium partners Consortium will provide technical assistance as needed Mini-grants will be awarded to sites for the provision of individual student supports

22 Florida Consortium on Postsecondary Education Transition Programs & Intellectual Disabilities

23 OBJECTIVE 1 Expand existing transition programs at 3 campuses & fully align with criteria established for Comprehensive Transition Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities into Higher Education OBJECTIVE 2 Work with 9 existing postsecondary transition programs to align them with the Comprehensive Transition Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities into Higher Education OBJECTIVE 3 Develop additional postsecondary transition programs for students with intellectual disabilities across Florida

24 Where do districts go from here? Create a steering committee to move the agenda forward Engage parents, community organizations, school districts, Vocational Rehabilitation, etc. Talk with college/university leaders Conduct a forum

25 RESOURCES fo.html fo.html

26 Transition Legislation & Policy Timely Information when Educators Need It and CAN Access It: A-Z Transition Library of Terms and Resources Transition Wheel

27 Student Development & Outcomes Product Review, Revision & Updates Support Pilot Activities using Best Practices. Regional Meetings and Institutes will continue throughout 2011


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