Thursday, January 28, 2010

Partners In Transition-Webinars

Partners In Transition, in collaboration with TASH, is pleased to announce a series of webinars focusing on students with significant disabilities. All webinars will take place on a Tuesday from 3:00 to 4:15 pm EST.
Educational Supports and Person Centered Planning for Youth with Significant Disabilities February 9 How do we utilize person centered planning strategies to guide the IEP and ITP development process? What Post-Secondary opportunities and supports are available to students with significant disabilities and how do we connect them to these opportunities? How do we know what educational areas and options to look at? Some of the strategieswe should be incorporating (an improving upon) within our own services should involve promoting self-advocacy skills, self determination and autonomy for our students.We should be looking at ways to do this throughout their school years. Family involvement is an important part of this process and is a key to ensuring success. We will share some person centered planning strategies that will help guide us through this process and look at educational options and supports for students with significant disabilities.
Work-based Learning Experiences & Employment Supports for Youth with Significant  Disabilities March 9 The only way to get people "ready" to work is by actually working; helping people by giving them access to real jobs and work based learning experiences. Work is not only a valued role that provides an income, it is a societal expectation. The best way we can promote career and employment success for the students we support  is by providing actual paid work experiences while they are still in school Areas we will cover: career planning; environmental matching; positive behavior supports at work; job carving and job supports; collaborating with families & finding a job; building a resume; and social security work incentives.

Navigating the Community for Youth with Significant Disabilities April 6 What are the "Good things in Life?" Most people would say that having valued social roles, healthy relationships, being able to access the places & activities you enjoy, and having a home of your own would be a good start. But, how do we assist individuals with significant disabilities to access these things? What community living optionsare available? What supports are available? Can someone live in their own place if they need 24 hour supports? What about transportation? Healthcare? How about hobbies, recreation and social FUN stuff? What about waiting lists? How are we involving  families, raising expectations, and promoting interagency collaboration in this process? We will discuss all this and more in this session.
To Register:

Please send an email including your name and the webinar(s) in which you would like to participate to []

 If you have any specific questions, or would like to see specific issues addressed in the presentation, please include them in the email. Information, additional materials, and any 'homework' will be sent approximately a week prior to the event. If you have any other questions or need materials in alternate formats, contact Tara Thompson at [] or (727) 253-3117. To access the webinar service, go to [].

Please allow a few minutes to download and install necessary plug-ins. To access the call line, dial the toll-free number: 1-888-387-8686; enter the Room number: 872-9146, and press #. You will be placed directly into the meeting if the moderator has already joined. If the moderator hasn't joined, you will be placed on hold forup to 10 minutes. All webinar materials will be posted on

Vanda Bowman

Florida Developmental Disabilities Council

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