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Transition to Postsecondary Education, Training, Employment, & Independent Living
The Center for Change in Transition Services improving post-school outcomes for students with disabilities in Washington state CCTS provides secondary transition training and technical support to Educational Service Districts and districts that serve students who have an IEP and are in need of transition services. CCTS has responsibility for analyzing the district- reported post-school outcome data, using the data to make informed decisions related to training and technical assistance development needs, and submitting the results of the data analysis to OSPI to be included in the state’s Annual Performance Report.
OSPI State Needs Projects There are six state needs projects that are funded with IDEA state discretionary dollars. These projects collectively provide: Professional development at little to no cost to districts or participants (clock hours/credit hours available) Technical Assistance with IEP development, compliance, evaluation, planning, learning interventions, and assessment for students with disabilities Consultation and training for parents & families
Autism Outreach Project A statewide system which coordinates staff development and parent/community training to support services for children and youth with autism spectrum disorders. eLearning for Educators Provides statewide access to appropriate, accessible and affordable training designed to support educators in serving students with disabilities. Center for Change in Transition Services (CCTS) CCTS provides secondary transition training and technical support to Educational Service Districts, Local Educational Agencies, and public schools that serve high school-age students who have an Individual Education Program. State Needs Projects
Special Education Technology Center (SETC) The SETC provides training, consultation, technology loans and resource information to help school districts and families effectively implement assistive technology interventions in addressing the special learning needs of children with disabilities. Washington Sensory Disabilities Services (WSDS) WSDS supports individuals aged birth to 21 who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired, or deaf-blind, by providing training and other resources to service providers and families. WEA Special Education Support Center Provides quality in-service training to parents, families, and to general education and special education educators who work with students with disabilities. State Needs Projects
Why is Transition to Postsecondary Education, Training, Employment, and Independent Living so Important?
Washington State Post-School Special Education Data 2012- 2013 Leavers
State Special Education Graduates vs. Non-Graduates
State Special Education Post-School Data by Gender
State Special Education Post-School Data by Disability
The More You Learn… 2012 Bureau of Labor Statistics …The More You Earn Median Annual Income
The More You Learn… 2012 Bureau of Labor Statistics …the greater your chances of employment Average Unemployment Rate
Critical Interrelationship Quality IEPs Staying in School Graduate Post- school Outcomes Modified from NSTTAC
What skills do employers and colleges expect youth to know and be able to do independently?
What Does the Research Say? Inclusion in General Education Career Awareness Community Experiences Exit Exam Requirements/ High School Diploma Status Interagency Collaboration Occupational Courses Paid Work Experience Parental Involvement Program of Study Self-Advocacy/Self- Determination Self-Care/Independent Living Skills Social Skills Student Support Transition Program Vocational Education Work Study Predictors of Post-School Success NSTTAC, 2008
Self-Advocacy “the enablement of individuals with disabilities to make decisions, speak for themselves and stand up for their rights.” Szymanski, C. (2006). A model for self-advocacy for students with disabilities. Emerald Group Publishing, 17, 155-179.
AskJan.org Free, Expert, and Confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues Comprehensive job accommodation resource Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy
Self-Determination “the ability to identify and achieve goals based on a foundation of knowing and valuing oneself” Know yourself Value yourself Plan Act and experience outcomes Learn