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Wisconsin Transition Conference The Kalahari Resort and Waterpark Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin February 17-19, 2010 For all people working with and supporting youth with disabilities as they transition from high school to adult life. th 10 WelcomeStoIONeC20NFERENCE! N IT O WISCONSIN TRA Dear Conference Participants, n Transition Conference at the It is my pleasure to welcome you to our 7th Annual Wisconsi on Center in Wisconsin Dells. Kalahari Resort and Conventi ference. sal to present at this year’s con ryone who submitted a propo I would like to thank eve are able to offer a wide variety er of submissions and as a result, We had an overwhelming numb ference sectionals. Without thi s dedica- and depth of transition rel ated topics throughout our con e to network with be possible. Please take the tim ent, the conference would not to our tion and commitm one in attendance brings value ing leaders in transition! Every and learn from these outstand from practitioners in the field. wo rk, and our best learning comes s for initiatives to improve outcome Wisconsin has many collab orative, cross-agency transition ents in the been on engaging youth and par our youth with dis abilities. The statewide focus has , comprehensive transition ass essment is process starts with on-going transition planning process. Th m develop measurable postsecon dary goals in that provides enough information to help the IEP tea appropriate). and independent living (where the areas of edu cation/training, employment, ed transition plan that includes a The IEP team can then wo rk together to create a personaliz ion with adult ed set of activities, and coordinat relevant course of study, annual goals, coordinat vices. It is our hope that this ely to provide and/or pay for ser service agencies that may be lik a relevant and meaningful transi tion plan conference provides inf ormation you need to develop for youth with disabilities. ve practices you y for you to reflect on the effecti In closing, let thi s conference be an opportunit to your transition planning effo rts as already have in place and ene rgize you to adapt new practices ve. disability, or agency representati a parent, educator, youth with a offer while and all that the Kalahari has to Enjoy the 7th Annual Wi sconsin Transition Conference you are here! Sincerely, Linda Maitrejean ce Director Wisconsin Transition Conferen SCHEDULE AT-A-GLANCE PRE-CONFERENCE Welcome to the 2010 WISCONSIN TRANSITION CONFERENCE! Wednesday, February 17, 2010 GRADUATE CREDIT One graduate credit is available through Viterbo University for full 12:30 - 1:00pm Check-in participation in the conference at a cost of $250. If you are interested, please stop by 1:00 - 3:30pm Concurrent Sessions Registration Booth 1 for more information. Tuition will be collected when you register. B, C and D Please do not include your tuition payment with your conference registration. 3:30 -7:00pm Early check-in for general conference PARA PROFESSIONAL CREDIT WEAC will award paraprofessionals 10 to 15 hours towards ESP certification, both Levels I and II, by attending this conference on CONFERENCE DAY 1 February 18 & 19, 2010. Paraprofessionals attending the conference should check-in Thursday, February 18, 2010 with Karen Lietzow, RSN Director from CESA 5. Registration and WEAC materials will 7:00 - 8:00am Breakfast & Check-in be distributed. They will be given additional WEAC materials to verify their attendance 8:00 - 8:20am Welcome / State at the conference. Superintendent Tony Evers EXHIBITOR HALL, LOCATED IN SUITES 4 AND 5 The exhibitor area is an opportunity 8:20 - 8:45am Keynote/Dr. Bill East for conference participants to meet with adult agency representatives and vendors of transition resources in order to discuss post-school activities that will assist students, 8:45 - 9:00am Break parents, teachers, and individuals who are designing transition plans for students with 9:00 -10:30am Keynote/ disabilities. Participants who visit the exhibitor booths can collect raffle tickets that Dr. Rusty Clark can be redeemed for chances to win prizes during the Pizza Social on Thursday eve- 10:30 - 10:45am Break ning from 5:00-7:00. Prizes can be viewed in the registration hallway. 10:45am - 12:00pm Concurrent Sessions YOUTH SESSIONS The Wisconsin Transition Conference is pleased to provide ses- 12:00 - 1:15pm Lunch sions specifically for youth attending the conference on a scholarship. These sessions 12:45 - 1:15pm Book Signing with are printed in blue in the brochure. Dr. Rusty Clark 1:15 - 2:30pm Concurrent Sessions CELL PHONES As a courtesy to our presenters and participants, we ask that all cell 2:30 - 3:00pm Break phones be turned off or put on vibrate during the conference. Thank you for your 3:00 - 4:30pm Concurrent Sessions cooperation! 5:00 - 7:00pm Pizza Social and Raffle HANDOUTS Extra handouts from concurrent sessions will be placed on the extra 8:00 - 11:30pm Band in Kahunaville handout table in the registration hallway. Handouts for all pre-conference sessions, conference sessions, and keynotes will be posted at www.wsti.org. CONFERENCE DAY 2 Friday, February 19, 2010 MESSAGE BOARD The message board will be posted outside of Registration Booth 1. 7:00 - 8:00am Breakfast and Check-in CONFERENCE EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBER In the event you need to be reached 8:00 - 8:10am Announcements at the conference the phone number for the Kalahari front desk is (877) 525-2427. 8:10 - 9:00am Keynote/ Messages from the front desk will be placed on the message board or an announce- Dr. Temple Grandin ment will be made during a general session. 9:00 - 9:30am Break and Book signing with PHOTO RELEASE STATEMENT From time to time we use photographs of conference Dr. Temple Grandin participants in our promotional materials and on the Wisconsin Statewide Transition 9:15 - 10:30am Concurrent Sessions Initiative (WSTI) website. By virtue of your attendance at the 7th Annual WI Transition 10:30 - 10:45am Break Conference, CESA 11 reserves the right to use your photo in such materials. If you 10:45am - 12:00pm Concurrent Sessions prefer NOT to have your photo utilized, please stop by Registration Booth 1. Thank you for attending the 7th Annual Wisconsin Transition Conference! CESA #11 provides information as a public service. It does not endorse any service, resource, or product. Wednesday, February 17, 2010 PRECONFERENCE - Wednesday, February 17th Preconference 1:00 - 3:30pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS B, C, and D Session B Aralia Implementing Project SEARCH in Rural Areas Nearly half of all Project SEARCH programs have been replicated in rural areas. Learn how those sites have adapted the Project SEARCH template to the unique challenges that present themselves in rural America. Target Audience: Parents, Youth, Educators, Adult Service Providers Level: Intermediate J. Erin Riehle, MSN, RN, is a recognized authority and national leader in pro- moting employment opportunities for people with disabilities and other bar- riers to employment. She is a founder and Co-Director of Project SEARCH, an employment program that has received national recognition for innovative practices pioneered under Ms. Riehle’s guidance. Susie Rutkowski, from Cincinnati, Ohio, works at Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development, which is a career/technical high school and adult education facility. She also is the co-director of Project SEARCH at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. J. Erin Riehle, MSN, RN Susie Rutkowski 4 Wednesday, February 17, 2010 PRECONFERENCE - Wednesday, February 17th Preconference 1:00 - 3:30pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS B, C, and D - continued Session C Suite 5 Transition Practices for Engaging and Preparing Students with EBD to Improve their School and Postsecondary Outcomes Students with emotional/behavioral difficulties (EBD) have some of the poorest school and postsecondary outcomes across employment, career education, independent living, and community-life functioning of all disabil- ity groups. This workshop will present practices that have been demon- strated to be effective in improving student engagement and the progress that they make in school and following high school as they transition into young adulthood roles. This workshop will be interactive to tailor the dis- cussion to you and your classroom/school needs. Target Audience: Educators Level: Intermediate Dr. Hewitt B. “Rusty” Clark is the Director of the National Network on Youth Transition for Behavioral Health and is a Professor at the Florida Mental Health Institute, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, University Dr. Hewitt B. Clark of South Florida. Dr. Clark has developed and researched various innovative programs and has published extensively, with 5 books and more than 125 professional publications to his credit. He is the lead editor of the book entitled: Transition to Adulthood: A Resource for Assisting Young People with Emotional or Behavioral Difficulties, and is currently writing a second book on this topic, with both of these books involving young people as co-authors. Session D Aloeswood Transition Assessment for Students with Significant Disabilities: Strategies and Resources This session will focus on sharing resources and strategies for assessing students with significant disabilities during the transition to supported adulthood. Participants will learn about how to support youth and families during the transition planning and assessment process. A framework of what, how, where, with whom and when to assess will help participants to create a transition assessment toolkit. Reviewing a range of existing assessment methods and instruments appropriate for students with significant disabilities will be included, including the focus on person-centered planning for transition. Approaches for modifying existing assessments will also be shared. Target Audience: Educators, Adult Service Providers Level: Basic Dr. Mary Morningstar is an Associate Professor at the University of Kansas and serves as Director of the Transition Coalition. Dr. Mary Morningstar 5 Wisconsin Transition Conference Thursday, February 18, 2010 7:00 - 8:00am Conference Check-In Breakfast Suites 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8 Exhibitor Hall Open Suites 4 and 5 8:00 - 8:20am Welcome • State Superintendent Dr. Tony Evers Suites 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8 Dr. Evers states that “We must align our efforts so our students benefit from both college and career preparation, learning the skills and knowledge necessary to be contributing members of our communities”. The focus of Dr. Tony Evers administration is, “Every child must graduate ready for further education and the workforce”. 8:20 - 8:45am KEYNOTE • Dr. Bill East Suites 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8 Leadership for Transition: Elements for Successful Programs CONFERENCE Thursday, February 18th Successful transition programs happen when there is leadership in every role and attention is given to the “essential components” for success. Dr. East will share his list of essential components for success learned from years of leading and observing successful transition programs. Transition stakeholders will be challenged to provide the leadership to provide all Wisconsin students pathways for successful transitions. Dr. Bill East, Ed.D., has thirty years of experience in the fields of Education and Mental Health. He has been a high school teacher, a supervisor in the Alabama Mental Health System, an Adjunct College Professor, and an Education Specialist in the Alabama State Department of Education. 8:45 - 9:00am Break 9:00 -10:30am KEYNOTE • Dr. Hewitt “Rusty” B. Clark Suites 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8 Navigating Rough Waters: Principles and Practices for Improving Student Engagement, Progress, and Outcomes The transition into adulthood represents a particularly challenging period for youth with emotional/behavioral difficulties (EBD). These individuals, like their peers without disabilities, attempt to establish themselves in work or school, with friends and intimate relationships, and in their evolving role as related to their families. The difficulty of this transition period is complicated further for many of these individuals and their families due to the absence of services or lack of coordination among children’s mental health, child welfare, and education. This keynote address will describe the Transition to Indepen- dence Process (TIP) model that prepares and supports youth with EBD in improving their progress and outcomes related to employment, educational opportunities, living situations, personal effectiveness/well-being, and community-life functioning. Research on TIP has shown it to be an evidence-supported model for improving school and postsecondary outcomes for youth. Dr. Clark will describe the principles and then illustrate how teachers, guidance counselors, social workers, and school administrators can apply these principles and associated practices in their work with students and families to combat risk factors and assist students in strengthening protective factors around them, thus improving their futures. Dr. Hewitt B. “Rusty” Clark is the Director of the National Network on Youth Transition for Behavioral Health and is a Professor at the Florida Mental Health Institute, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, University of South Florida. Dr. Clark has developed and researched various innovative programs and has published extensively, with 5 books and more than 125 professional publications to his credit. He is the lead-editor of the book entitled: Transition to Adulthood: A Resource for Assisting Young People with Emotional or Behavioral Difficulties, and is currently writing a second book on this topic, with both of these books involving young people as co-authors. Don’t miss the book signing in Suites 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8. 6 Thursday, February 18, 2010 10:30 - 10:45am Break 10:45am - 12:00pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS 1. Transition for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD): Don’t Get Caught Partnerless Suite F Dr. Bill East, Executive Director, NASDSE; Joanne Cashman, Director of the IDEA Partnership. Stakeholders experience addition- al challenges in helping students with ASD transition to post-school options. This session will focus on the nature of Autism and the array of partners and support available to help overcome these challenges in Wisconsin and nationally. Target Audience: Parents, Youth, Educators, Adult Service Providers Level: Basic 2. Accommodations, Expectations, Modifications, Oh My! Suite G CONFERENCE Thursday, February 18th Laurie Petersen, Director, Student Accessibility Center; Martha Bledsoe, Director, Services for Students with Disabilities; and Patti Lloyd, Disability Services Coordinator Mid-State Technical College. This session will explore strategies for students, parents and high school teachers to effectively determine the “Best Fit” for students as they look for postsecondary options. Panelists will provide an overview of what’s reasonable to expect at college, what’s not, and the skills that are critical for a successful tran- sition from high school to college. We will also share tips for assistive technology and accommodations in college, as well as suggestions for parents and teachers to increase independence and advocacy for their children and students. Target Audience: Parents, Youth, Educators, Adult Service Providers Level: Basic 3. Project SEARCH Accommodations and Adaptations Cypress J. Erin Riehle, Director of Disability Services, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Susie Rutkowski, Co-Director, Project SEARCH. Project Search staff will share how they have matched business work environments with people with dis- abilities in nontraditional ways. They will also share their successful combination of low and high tech accommodations and adaptations which enable people with significant disabilities to work in complex environments. Target Audience: Educators, Adult Service Providers Level: Intermediate 4. Improving Students’ Social Lives and Learning: Peer Support Strategies for Students with Autism and Severe Disabilities Tamboti Erik Carter, Associate Professor, UW-Madison. Making sure that students with cognitive disabilities or autism benefit fully from the many social and learning opportunities available within their school remains a challenge, particularly in middle and high schools. One of the primary strategies used to support students who participate in general education classrooms and extracurricular activi- ties—an individually assigned, one-to-one adult support--may inadvertently hinder students’ social relationships and learning op- portunities. This session will focus on peer support arrangements as an effective alternative approach for supporting the inclusion of students with severe disabilities. You will learn about (a) the research evidence for students with and without disabilities who participate in these arrangements, and (b) practical steps for implementing these strategies in your school. Target Audience: Parents, Youth, Educators, Adult Service Providers Level: Intermediate 5. Meeting 100% Compliance for Indicator 13 Aloeswood Paul Sherman, DPI Consultant and Steve Gilles, DPI Consultant. This session is targeted for local school districts that are going through the procedural compliance self assessment process this year or will be going through it in the future. The session will define requirements for compliance standards for Indicator 13 using the checklist adopted from the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC). This session will provide examples related to the checklist and answer questions. Target Audience: Educators, Parents Level: Basic 7 Thursday, February 18, 2010 10:45am -12:00pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS (continued) 6. Self-Employment: Where Do We Start? Marula Shannon Munn, Consultant with Pathways to Independence (MIG). Self-determination, choice and employment customization are taking us “outside the box” of typical jobs. In this session you will hear the success stories of business owners with disabilities and how they got there. Learn about the possibilities, the planning process and the resources that support self-employment in our state. Target Audience: Educators, Parents Level: Intermediate 7. What Educators Really Need to Know About the Adult Long Term Care System Guava Mai Plzak, Disability Benefits Specialist; Natalie Wilmot, ADRC Sauk County; Lisa Karau, ADRC Sauk County; and Amber Russel, ADRC South Green County. This session is for special education teachers and other school personnel who want CONFERENCE Thursday, February 18th to know how they can better prepare students for life after they leave school by partnering with resources knowledgeable about the world of adults (with disabilities). Content will include: who, from the LT Care system, should be involved; as well as when and how to involve them. The presentation will answer questions regarding fiscal and functional eligibility, as well as options and benefits counseling. Target Audience: Educators Level: Basic 8. Identification & Instruction of Evidence-Based Practices for Use With Transition Age Youth Aralia Lana Collet-Klingenberg, Assistant Professor UW-Whitewater and Kate Szidon, Project staff with the NPDC-ASD. This ses- sion will include a brief overview of the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), including a description of the procedures for identifying existent evidence-based practices for working with learners with ASD who are at the age of transition. There will also be a presentation of the evidence-based practices and the frame- work within which practices are couched for practitioner access, instruction, and use. Module format will be detailed, and attendees will have opportunity to view an online module. Attendees will also be given the opportunity to view EBPs that have been implemented in participating model sites from the Wisconsin area. The session also presents much needed and desired information regarding the identification and effective training and implementation of evidence-based practic- es that are increasingly required by national education initiatives such as IDEA and NCLB, and are reflected within many state performance plans. Target Audience: Educators Level: Intermediate 9. Teachers + Paraprofessionals + Collaborative Transition Planning = Student Success! Portia Karen Lietzow, Project Director Regional Service Network CESA 5. Teachers and paraprofessionals who work together are encouraged to attend this session together and identify how they can work collaboratively on the goals of the IEP, the transition plan, and collecting the data required for determining progress towards the established goals. This interactive session will review the basics of the development of a transition plan within the context of the IEP process. Those in at- tendance will see the link between the present level of educational performance, IEP goals, objectives, and the transition plan. Participation in this session is a requirement for paraprofessionals seeking WEAC ESP Level I certification credit from this conference. Level II paraprofessionals may receive credit in the 30 hour focus area of TRANSITION, after they apply for and receive approval from WEAC. Target Audience: Educators Level: Basic 8 Thursday, February 18, 2010 10:45am -12:00pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS (continued) 10. Guidelines for Documentation of a Disability for Post Secondary Mangrove Elizabeth Kennedy, Transition Coordinator, Sauk Prairie School District; Rivian Hatt, Lakeshore Technical College, Learning Support Coordinator; Bruce Rathe, Fox Valley Technical College, Special Needs Support; Colleen Barnett, Student Accessibility Coordinator, Alverno College and Sherry Gundlach, WSPEI Parent Liaison. Get ready and set for transition to post secondary! This session will introduce the newest version of the Wisconsin guide to disability documentation. In order for students with disabilities to receive accommodations at the post secondary level, it is necessary for the student to submit documentation that a disability currently exists. You will see guidelines that 2-and 4-year colleges, and technical colleges require for documentation of a disability. Each attendee will be provided a copy of the guide. Target Audience: Parents, Youth; Educators Level: Intermediate 11. Telling Your Story: Advocating for Yourself Tamarind CONFERENCE Thursday, February 18th Linea Johnson, writer, speaker, college student and advocate for mental health. Linea Johnson was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and is now completing a book and speaking out about her experiences with a mental health condition. This session will share the ways that she tells her story with the goal of helping others. She will also share strategies that she uses in her own life to stay healthy. Target Audience: Parents, Youth, Educators, Adult Service Providers Level: Intermediate 12. Web 2.0 Tools for Success Ebony Paula Walser, Director of E- Learning/Assistive Technology CESA 6. What is the Web 2.0 and how will it assist me as a spe- cial educator? Join us for a hands-on experience using micro social networking, Ning, Voice Thread, social bookmarking, web based text to speech, interactive learning objects and much more! All of the tools demonstrated and used are FREE! Space is limited. Target Audience: Parents, Educators, Adult Service Providers Level: Basic 13. Video Presentation: “Including Samuel” Empress Beth Swedeen, Waisman Center. Before his son Samuel was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, photojournalist Dan Habib rarely thought about the inclusion of people with disabilities. Now he thinks about inclusion every day. Shot and pro- duced over four years, Habib’s award-winning documentary film, “Including Samuel”, chronicles the Habib family’s efforts to include Samuel in every facet of their lives. The film honestly portrays his family’s hopes and struggles as well as the experiences of four other individuals with disabilities and their families. “Including Samuel” is a highly personal, passion- ately photographed film that captures the cultural and systemic barriers to inclusion. Participants in this session will view the film and have a facilitated discussion. 12:00 - 1:15pm Lunch Suites 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8 12:45 - 1:15pm Book Signing with Dr. Rusty Clark Suites 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8 Transition of Youth and Young Adults with Emotional or Behavioral Difficulties An Evidence-Supported Handbook, Edited by Hewitt B. “Rusty” Clark, Ph.D., & Deanne K. Unruh, Ph.D. This comprehensive professional resource collects the best, most current knowledge on supporting the transition to adulthood for young people with mental health issues. Includes in-depth analyses of five successful transition program. 9 Thursday, February 18, 2010 1:15 - 2:30pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS 14. 411 Youth Disclosure Curriculum --Adult Trainer Training Suite F Mary Redmond Luce, Regional Transition Coordinator; Tiana Povenmire-Kirk, Professor, University of Maine, Farmington. This ses- sion will introduce the 411 Disability Disclosure Curriculum adapted for youth by youth in Maine and provide the basics on how to become a trainer/presenter of the curriculum. The youth version of the 411 contains 5 modules, each with hands on games and activities devised by Maine Youth Leaders and tested with hundreds of other youth. The curriculum provides youth with informa- tion on disability disclosure in school and work settings as well as providing information on how and when to disclose to friends. Additional information on Section 504 rights and critical vocabulary is provided. This session is intended for adults who will be working with youth and the curriculum. Target Audience: Parents, Educators, Adult Service Providers Level: Basic 15. Bipolar Journey Suite G CONFERENCE Thursday, February 18th Cinda Johnson, Professor at Seattle University and Linea Johnson, Mental Health Advocate. A mother and daughter share their story of mental illness and recovery. Linea Johnson, college student, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder after hospitalizations, severe depression, mania and suicidal ideation. Linea and her mother Cinda, a special education college professor, offer insight, sugges- tions and a commitment to helping other young people make the transition from illness to a meaningful life. This session provides an inside view of the turmoil and fear of mental illness from both a young person’s and her mother’s experience and the eventual recovery process. Included are suggestions for support and resources for youth with mental health conditions as they navigate their school system, health care and community. Target Audience: Parents, Youth, Educators, Adult Service Providers Level: Intermediate 16. Going to College --What You Need to Know Cypress Sandy Hall, Director; Disability Resource Services, MATC-Madison; Tom Heffron, Wisconsin Technical College System, Elizabeth Wat- son, Director of the Center for Students, UW-Whitewater; and Colleen Barnett, Alverno College. High school students with disabilities have a few more things to consider when selecting their post secondary educational options than students without disabilities. This comprehensive overview presented by representatives from both 2 year public and 4 year public and private colleges will provide an understanding of the similarities and differences that exist between them. Standard practices regarding documenta- tion and accommodations will be described. The individual supportive programs that exist at the represented colleges will be also shared. Things to consider and tips for preparing for the transition will be discussed. Target Audience: Parents, Youth, Educators, Adult Service Providers Level: Basic 17. Effective Practices in Transition Planning and Meeting Compliance for Indicator 13 Tamboti Steve Gilles, DPI Transition Consultant; Nancy Chartier, Director of Pupil Services; Chris Jackson, Transition Support Services and Susan Strouf, Special Education Coordinator. This panel includes representatives from Rice Lake and Wauwatosa School Districts who will describe effective transition planning efforts in addition to how they met compliance requirements for Indicator 13 as part of the procedural compliance self assessment process. The following questions will be discussed: 1.What has worked best to assist teachers in understanding compliance standards in your district? 2. How do you follow up with your staff after a training to ensure they understand how to meet requirements such as writing effective measurable postsecondary goals? 3. How did you change the IEP forms to incorporate effective practice into the IEP process? (Examples of local district IEPs will be shared.) 4. How have you communicated with or involved parents, youth, and community agencies in the IEP process? 5. What have been the most impor- tant personnel development activities targeted for special education teachers to improve transition related IEP components? 6. We understand that finding time and resources can be the greatest challenge to make improvements with staff, how did you overcome implementation issues? 7. How do transition requirements related to writing measurable postsecondary goals impact post high school student outcomes (i.e. employment rate or attendance in postsecondary education)? 8. Do all exiting students receive a Sum- mary of Performance? When? Using what form (i.e. effective practice form)? How are parents educated on the how and why of the Summary of Performance? And lastly, what is done to share the SOP document with other agencies like the postsecondary educa- tion, etc? Time will be provided for questions and discussion from the audience. Target Audience: Parents, Youth, Educators, Adult Service Providers 10 Level: Advanced Thursday, February 18, 2010 1:15 - 2:30pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS (continued) 18. Self-Advocacy in the Transition Process Aloeswood Nicole Paulson, Special Education Teacher, DC Everest High School. This session will provide teachers with information on how to help students with disabilities learn about their disabilities, discover the IEP and its process, and learn to be self-advocates. Information will include how to help students understand their strengths and disabilities, be an advocate in and out of the classroom, and prepare for transition into the HS and college life. It also teaches strategies for helping students attend, write, and run their own IEP meeting. Target Audience: Educators, Youth, Parents Level: Intermediate 19. The Power of LMI Marula Grant Westfall, DWD Analyst. Via Labor Market Information, a collection of economic indicators establish trends for the CONFERENCE Thursday, February 18th state and local areas. This includes current and future employment estimates for both Wisconsin industries and occupa- tions. Both short- and long-term projections will be discussed, along with other economic indicators, to help navigate today’s workforce towards tomorrow’s jobs. Target Audience: Parents, Youth, Educators, Adult Service Providers Level: Intermediate 20. Transition Portfolios: Bringing Good Transition Practices to Life in Your Classroom Guava Elizabeth Gauger, Special Education Teacher/Transition Coordinator, Milwaukee Public Schools. Most teachers have an understanding of the theories/mandates behind the best practices in transition but are rarely instructed in how to apply them efficiently and directly to the classroom. This presentation will assist participants in helping their students create valuable transition portfolios to take with them upon graduation. It will also give classroom teachers ideas on how to cre- ate their own transition class, show them how to take advantage of resources in their community as well as give them the tools to bring practical transitional activities into their unique teaching setting. Target Audience: Educators, Parents Level: Intermediate 21. Wisconsin Transition Stories about Students with Significant Disabilities, Ages 18-21 Working in Their Communities Aralia Bruce Massman, PST Waukesha School District; Sandra Berndt, DPI Consultant; Eva Kubinski, DPI Consultant; Mary Gillette, and Mark Bailey, Young Adult Coordinator, SAIL program. This session will identify components and barriers that school districts have found as they have created community based programs for students with significant disabilities ages 18- 21. Information will be shared on the continued transition from County based adult services to Family Care and how this affects your 18-21 program. We will discuss the current practices as well as hear from school district experiences. There will also be time for sharing your stories. Target Audience: Parents, Youth, Educators Level: Basic 11 Thursday, February 18, 2010 1:15 - 2:30pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS (continued) 22. Writing Fun & Meaningful Transition Plans for Middle School Students Portia Mary Widen, Special Education Teacher Grades 6 – 8 and Mary Westemeier, Special Education Teacher Grades 6-8, Milwaukee Public Schools. This presentation is designed and directed toward writing meaningful transition plans for students with mild to moderate disabilities and for higher functioning MRP students. Participants will be given ideas on how to write measurable goals and ap- propriate content for the child whose aspirations may include careers such as professional sports, medicine or truck driving. The presentation will also cover assessing student skills, defining and addressing the seven content areas of the transition component of the IEP and outlining a course of study in order to meet career goal prerequisites. Another aspect of this presenta- tion will be hands on career concept mapping and cross–curricular integration of vocational planning. Participants will learn how to “plant seeds” for students as they diagram a specific career to increase awareness of the various positions that fall under the same career umbrella. The final component will address how to assist students in creating their own transition portfolio. This will include topics such as: Personal Information, Career Inventory, Transition Plan, Sample Application Forms and Goal Setting. CONFERENCE Thursday, February 18th Target Audience: Educators, Parents Level: Basic 23. TAC Activity Mangrove Bob Greene, WSTI Transition Coordinator , Dave Nass, WSTI Transition Coordinator, Megan Rindal, Elmbrook School District Vicky Voelker, Kettle Moraine School District, Katie Panske, Lakeland Union High School, Shelley Lehman, Crandon School District, Angela Klein, Belmont School District and Lisa Pipkorn, Dodgeville School District, Abbi Goldsmith, Jackson County ADRC, Tracy Amidon, Blair-Taylor High School, Mike Dux, Western Wisconsin ADRC, Alison Fisher, West Salem High School. This session will feature a sampling of Transition Advisory Councils’ (TAC) activities from around the state. Representatives from urban and rural TACs will present a short review of a variety of TAC events. Participants will have direct opportunity to do follow up questioning on the topics during each 15 minute roundtable. Target Audience: Parents, Youth, Educators, Adult Service Providers Level: Basic 24. The Job Is All Yours! Tamarind Sherry Gundlach, CESA 6 Parent Coordinator/ WSPEI Coordinator/YIPPE Youth Facilitator and Patti Brandt, YIPPE Youth Facilitator. Youth will enjoy this hands-on interactive breakout that will help them to improve on their employability skills. We will let you in on a few of our secrets. What employers are looking for, how to keep my job and how to get along with others on the job are just a few of the topics we will be covering. Come prepared to have a little fun and learn the basics. Target Audience: Youth Level: Intermediate 25. The NEW sharedwork.org Ebony Cindy Cain, WDA Director, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and Joanne Cashman, Director of the IDEA Partnership. The website sharedwork.org continues to be a valuable resource to those looking for timely transition information. This website is a clearinghouse of information for the 14 states that are members of the National Community of Practice on Transition. Participants in this session will see the new updates to the sharedwork.org website, including user profiles and networking capabilities. Target Audience: Parents, Educators, Adult Service Providers Level: Basic 26.Video Presentation: Voices of Youth Empress Beth Swedeen, Waisman Center. This session will highlight some of the accomplishments of youth with disabilities as they pursue their own routes of self-determination. Participants will view several short clips and have an opportunity for discussion. Videos include: “I’m Tyler”, “Sole Surfer” and “I’m Determined”. Target Audience: Parents, Educators, Adult Service Providers Level: Basic 12 Thursday, February 18, 2010 3:00 – 4:30pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS 27. Illustrating the Applications of the TIP Model Principles and Practices: Providing Technical Assistance to Your Classroom and School Situations Suite F Dr. Hewitt B. “Rusty” Clark, Professor and Director, National Network on Youth Transition for Behavioral Health and Linea Johnson, Youth Advocate. This session is to provide examples of applications of the TIP model principles and practices to classrooms, schools, and community agency collaboratives. You will have an opportunity to discuss with Rusty and Linea your classroom and school successes and also ask about better ways to address some to the particular difficulties that you’re having in addressing challenges presented by students with EBD. Linea will assist you in understanding the perspective of a student who experienced mental health challenges as she went through high school. Target Audience: Parents, Educators Level: Intermediate CONFERENCE Thursday, February 18th 28. You’re Hired! Suite G Sherry Gundlach, Cesa 6 Parent Coordinator/WSPEI Parent Coordinator and Patti Brandt, YiPPE Youth Facilitator. Preparing youth for their futures needs to start in middle school and continue through their high school career. Students need con- tinued instruction in soft skills, employability skills, and social skills. This hands-on session will give parents and educa- tors materials and ideas to take back to their schools and communities. Target Audience: Parents, Youth, Educators Level: Intermediate 29. Project SEARCH Cypress J. Erin Riehle, Director of Disability Services, Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center and Susie Rutkowski, Co-Director, Project SEARCH. Winner of the 2004 New Freedom Initiative and the 2004 Ohio Governor’s Employment Award, Project SEARCH is a unique collaboration between business, a community rehabilitation partner, and vocational rehabilitation. Rather than focus on the traditional ‘easy’ jobs such as food or environmental services, Project SEARCH targets nontraditional ‘complex but systematic’ jobs that allow people with significant disabilities to maximize their potential in independent work settings. Target Audience: Parents, Youth, Educators, Adult Service Providers Level: Basic 30. Wisconsin Transition Assessment Model Tamboti Robert Greene, WSTI Transition Coordinator CESA 4; Darla Burton, CESA 3 Transition Coordinator. This session will provide an overview of Wisconsin’s Transition Assessment Model. The model includes tools that can be used to gather informa- tion about a student’s strengths, preferences, needs, and interests in the areas of education/training, employment, and independent living. Target Audience: Parents, Educators, Adult Service Providers Level: Basic 31. Everything You Wanted to Know, and Maybe More, About the NSTTAC Website Aloeswood Dr. David Test, Professor, University of North Carolina-Charlotte. This presentation will provide an overview of the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC) website including where to find evidence-based practice description and lesson plan starters, predictors of postsecondary success, resources from other states, Indicator 13 training materials, transition assessment information, and professional development materials. Target Audience: Parents, Youth, Educators, Adult Service Providers Level: Basic 13 Thursday, February 18, 2010 3:00 – 4:30pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS (continued) 32. Preparing for Meaningful Employment for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Developmental Disabilities Marula Amy Whitehead, Coordinator; Nancy Alar, Past President of Autism Society of Wisconsin; Carly Steffen, Matthew Ward, Roger Diehl, Jeremy Gilomen, Nate Helm-Quest (all youth), John Kelly and Travis Warwick, Employers.. This session will address the issue of under employment for young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities. Many young adults leave high school or technical college and end up with jobs that don’t necessarily utilize their true skills and abilities. Additionally, many young adults are over qualified for their jobs. What are some strategies to prepare youth and employers to expect more? This session will include a facilitated discussion with a panel of young adults and employers. Target Audience: Parents, Youth, Educators, Adult Service Providers Level: Intermediate CONFERENCE Thursday, February 18th 33. Effective Transition Planning for Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities, Focusing on the Customized and Integrated Employment Options Guava Lori Turim, Transition Coordinator; Cheri Sylla, Parent Education Consultant; and Eric Sylla, Student. This session looks at customized employment as an employment option for students with significant disabilities, with emphasis on the Dis- covery Process. Participants will learn how discovery and self-determination are used as assessments to assist in the development of more effective transition plans. Target Audience: Parents, Educators, Adult Service Providers Level: Basic 34. Pre K- Postsecondary (P16) 21st Century Skills in the Curriculum: What Are They Aralia Al Hovey, Senior Program Associate, Learning Points Association; Joanne Cashman, Director of the IDEA Partnership. A 21st Century Skills map developed for science will be used as a model for the integration of these skills into core academic subjects. In addition this session will include the alignment between 21st Century Skills and the national agenda to build coherent systems pre-school through post-secondary and/or entry into the workforce. These are important concepts for special educators in promoting the value and importance of transition in Wisconsin and nationally. Target Audience: Parents, Educators, Adult Service Providers Level: Intermediate 35. A Guide to Connecting Academic Standards and IEPs Portia Eva Kubinski, DPI Consultant and Kathy Laffin, Independent Consultant. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has developed a new resource for IEP teams, “A Guide to Connecting Academic Standards and IEPs.” The purpose of the guide is to assist IEP teams in developing meaningful IEPs which reflect grade level expectations in the design, con- nected to Wisconsin’s Model Academic Standards. This session will include discussion about the paradigm shift leading to connecting academic standards and IEPs, the benefits of an IEP connected to academic standards, as well as the different forms of academic standards used in Wisconsin. Target Audience: Parents, Youth, Educators Level: Basic 36. Youth Leadership Opportunities in Wisconsin Empress Cheryl Schiltz, Statewide Peer Power Coordinator; Dan Nordstrom, STEM Outreach Coordinator; Liam Martin, STEM; Martha DeYoung, YIPPE coordinator and Colleen Moss, Natural Supports, Speakers Bureau. Come learn about youth leadership opportunities throughout the state of Wisconsin. All leadership opportunities presented are FREE for youth. Learn to im- prove youth strengths and talents by getting involved now. A few of the opportunities that will be presented are: Commu- nity of Practice Youth Leadership Practice group; Peer Power; Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM); Youth in Partnership with Parents for Empowerment (YIPPE); WI Statewide Transition Initiative Youth Leadership Council; Natural Supports and Speakers Bureau. Target Audience: Parents, Youth, Educators, Adult Service Providers 14 Level: Basic Thursday, February 18, 2010 3:00 – 4:30pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS (continued) 37. How to Be Involved in Your Own IEP Meeting Tamarind Chad Murphy Price, YLC member; Lindsey Wood, YLC member; and Neelam Dhadankar, YLC member. This will be an inter- active session in which youth will learn techniques to help them become more involved in their own Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings. They will have an opportunity to role play with others and complete activities that will allow them to be an active participant in their IEP planning process and at their meetings. Self-Directed IEP DVDs created by the Youth Leadership Council will be used and distributed at the session. Come with your questions and we will work together to help you become a leader in your own IEP! Target Audience: Parents, Youth Level: Intermediate 38. The Smart Classroom Ebony CONFERENCE Thursday, February 18th Paula Walser, Smart Certified Instructor/ Director of E- Learning. This session will highlight the use of the SmartBoard in the classroom. The SmartBoard provides a tool for differentiating learning. Every student learns in a different way – some are captivated by visuals, some understand best by listening and others like to get hands-on. Come and see how the Smart- Board makes learning more interactive. Space is limited. Target Audience: Educators, Adult Service Providers Level: Basic 39. Video Presentation: “Including Samuel” Empress Mary Skadahl, Project Director, WI Statewide Parent Educator Initiative. Before his son Samuel was diagnosed with ce- rebral palsy, photojournalist Dan Habib rarely thought about the inclusion of people with disabilities. Now he thinks about inclusion every day. Shot and produced over four years, Habib’s award-winning documentary film, “Including Samuel”, chronicles the Habib family’s efforts to include Samuel in every facet of their lives. The film honestly portrays his family’s hopes and struggles as well as the experiences of four other individuals with disabilities and their families. “Including Samuel” is a highly personal, passionately photographed film that captures the cultural and systemic barriers to inclu- sion. Participants in this session will view the film and have a facilitated discussion. 5:00 – 11:30pm EVENING ACTIVITIES 5:00 - 7:00pm Pizza Social and Raffle Suites 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8 Join us in Suites 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, and 8 for our evening Pizza Social and Raffle! This portion of the evening will be highlighted with entertainment by Ricardo Vasquez and the giveaway of our door prizes donated by our exhibitors and agen- cies and businesses from across the state. This is a great opportunity to socialize, unwind, and have some fun listening to great entertainment. Hope to see you there---and don’t forget your raffle tickets to win great prizes! Ricardo Vasquez was diagnosed with Autism as a child. Since the 3rd grade, music has been an important part of his life. He learned language reading and math skills through musical connections. While in middle school, Ricardo began playing marimba and has since become a talented musician. Ricardo plays marimba along with several percussive instruments including drum set, timpani, bass drum, snare drum, bells, and cymbals. He performs both on a solo basis and with area bands. Ricardo offers live music performances of classical, seasonal and traditional melodies played on the marimba. 8:00 - 11:30pm Groove Syndicate Kahunaville Bar Groove Syndicate, building from a solid foundation of Classic Rock, will have everyone dancing in the streets with a little bit of Motown Soul, jive talkin’ and putting on their boogie shoes as they get down and Disco, jamming the dance floor to decades of Top 40 Hits, and kicking up their boots to hard driving Country. This band includes a horn section and female vocals. It’s an exciting show, a Groove Syndicate happening! 15 Wisconsin Transition Conference Friday, February 19, 2010 7:00 - 8:00am Conference Check-In Breakfast Suites 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8 8:00 - 8:10am Announcements Suites 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8 8:10 - 9:00am KEYNOTE • DR. TEMPLE GRANDIN Suites 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8 My Mind is a Web Browser In this keynote session, Dr. Temple Grandin will describe her visual way of thinking (as a person with autism) and how her thought processes are different when compared to those of people who think in language. She explains that her mind works like an Internet Web browser, looking through picture memories to find specific words which lead to language. Dr. Grandin will also talk about how she believes her thinking and decision making processes are similar to those in animals and how this has greatly added to her life’s work of becoming a successful livestock handling equipment designer, one of very few in the world. Dr. Temple Grandin was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She obtained her B.A. at Frank- lin Pierce College in 1970. In 1974 she was employed as Livestock Editor for the Arizona Farmer Ranchman and also worked for Corral Industries on equipment design. In 1975 she earned her M.S. in Animal Science at Arizona State University for her work on the be- havior of cattle in different squeeze chutes. Dr. Grandin was awarded her Ph.D in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1989 and is currently a Professor at Colorado State University. Dr. Grandin is a past member of the board of directors of the Autism Society of America. She lectures to parents and teachers throughout the U.S. on her experiences with autism. Articles and interviews have appeared in the New York Times, People, Time, National Public Radio, “20/20”, “The View”, and the BBC. Dr. Grandin now resides in Fort Collins, Colorado. CONFERENCE - Friday, February 19th 9:00 - 9:30am BOOK SIGNING WITH DR. TEMPLE GRANDIN Suites 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8 The Way I See It by Temple Grandin, Dr. Grandin’s latest book offers her invaluable personal and professional insights, from inside the world of autism, about autism. She voices her views on a wide variety of topics ranging from the nonverbal child to social functioning, early intervention to adult issues. Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships: Decoding social Mysteries Through the Unique Perspectives of Autism by Dr. Temple Grandin and Sean Barron Often those with autism/Asperger’s suffer socially and professionally because misconceptions of social cues and perceptions hinder their success. This enlightening and thought provoking book by two of the leading minds in the field, who have been diagnosed with autism themselves, educates both those on the spectrum and their caregivers. 9:00 – 9:15am Break 16 Friday, February 19, 2010 9:15 – 10:30am CONCURRENT SESSIONS 40. Project SEARCH in Wisconsin Suite F Molly Michels, Outreach Specialist, Pathways to Independence; Michele Ritt, Scott Zimmerman, and Amber Jensen, Project SEARCH Madison and Jessica Quintanilla, Project SEARCH Milwaukee.. Project SEARCH is an internationally recognized model of employ- ment training for youth and adults with disabilities. Through the Wisconsin Medicaid Infrastructure Grant, Pathways to Indepen- dence is funding three Project SEARCH replication sites in Milwaukee and Madison. Pathways may offer additional funding oppor- tunities for Project SEARCH planning in 2010. The Project SEARCH model focused on transition-age youth consists of a one year internship program at a healthcare or business site. An onsite teacher provides instruction on employment readiness and indepen- dent living skills in a classroom setting. Students participate in one or more worksite rotations based on their interests. Rotations teach complex, systematic skills and tasks that prepare students for jobs in the same business field. Students are given support through on-the-job coaching and work site accommodations. The ultimate goal of Project SEARCH is independence and competi- tive employment. Successful implementation of Project SEARCH requires strong collaboration among county agencies, vocational rehabilitation providers, employment service providers, school districts, parents, students, and business leaders. This presentation will discuss the planning, implementation, successes and lessons learned from the Project SEARCH pilots in Wisconsin. Target Audience: Educators Level: Intermediate 41. Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS): Improving Support Services for Students on the Autism Spectrum Suite G Panel: Nancy Alar, Jan Case, Special Needs Instructor, Fox Valley Technical College; Marilyn Fayram, and Bonnie Bauer. This panel discussion is designed to assist counselors, educators and students on the autism spectrum understand each other and work on positive supports for a successful post-secondary education experience. The WTCS has developed a new Autism Spectrum Disorders Guideline for staff in the Wisconsin Technical College System to help support the increasing numbers of students on the autism spectrum attending WTCS colleges. Attendees will receive a copy of this new guidelines document, a compre- hensive contact list for disability support staff for the entire WTCS and hear panel members share their thoughts, advice and CONFERENCE - Friday, February 19th insights gained from supporting students in the technical colleges in Wisconsin. Target Audience: Parents, Youth, Educators Level: Advanced 42. Cardinal Creations: A Laser Engraving School-Based Business Operated by Students with Disabilities Cypress Amanda Turner and Leslie Schmidt, Special Education Teachers; and Michael Fowell, Technology Education Teacher from Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District. To prepare students to have the skills necessary to be successful in commu- nity employment, positive, supported experiences are essential. Cardinal Creations is a collaboration between the special education and technology education departments at Chippewa Falls High School. A wide range of students with mild to moderate special needs design, produce, and market various laser engraved products to consumers within the school district as well as in the community. Designed outcomes for the class include: building self-confidence, self-advocacy, teamwork skills and communication skills. A video demonstration and products will be on display. Target Audience: Educators Level: Basic 43. School Counselors, Career and Technical Educators, and Special Education Teachers: Joining Together to Impact Our Students’ Futures Tamboti Judith Kuse, DPI Consultant and LaNae Jabas, Transition Coordinator. The Wisconsin Comprehensive School Counseling Model (WCSCM) partners school counselors with other professional educators to improve achievement and ensure success for all students. This presentation will include an overview of the Model and its components. It will focus on practical ways to connect transition planning, individual learning plan development, and student/parent educational con- ferencing. Time will be allotted for answering questions from the audience. Target Audience: Educators Level: Basic 17 Friday, February 19, 2010 9:15 – 10:30am CONCURRENT SESSIONS (continued) 44. Finding Your Way to Postsecondary Education Aloeswood Dan Nordstrom, Liam Martin, Christine Maidel-Pribbenow and Amy Fruchtman, Project Manager for Midwest Alliance. Transitioning into postsecondary educational environments can be difficult for students with disabilities and their fami- lies. The path is sometimes convoluted due to differences in the law affecting students who are in the K-12 system and who are entering higher education, in addition to the introduction of a variety of new expectations and environments that students must become accustomed to. Students with disabilities and their families sometimes find themselves on their own, without sufficient supports and services to help guide them from one educational system to another. Some colleges and universities are better with providing help, but in all cases, services are voluntary in postsecondary education and students with disabilities must take on a great deal more responsibility in terms of ensuring that they are able to advocate for their academic support needs. Programs such as the Midwest Alliance offer informal mentoring support to students with disabilities and their families. Students with disabilities who are entering college or university benefit from being able to consult with a peer who has been through this significant transition themselves, and to be able to learn from the more experienced students’ successes and challenges. Parents and family members can be important players in the student’s transition, and programs like ours involve them as well. Through mentoring, the sharing of information, events, and creat- ing online discussion groups, we will demonstrate how informal transition programs focusing on postsecondary educa- tion are beneficial to students with disabilities using the Midwest Alliance as a case study. Panelists will explain how peer support programs are designed and put into practice, what the direct benefits are to participants and their parents, what resources are most useful, how programs are evaluated, and what the outcomes of our programs are. Target Audience: Educators, Parents Level: Basic 45. Supporting Youth in Transition with Behavior Challenges in School and Community Settings Marula Angela Radloff, Outreach Specialist and Josh Lapin, Social Worker. This session will discuss practical approaches for sup- CONFERENCE - Friday, February 19th porting youth in transition who have developmental disabilities with challenging behaviors. The main topic will focus on learning how to develop and implement behavioral support plans. Additional topics will include the importance of team- ing, modifying environments, and proactive strategies around crisis situations. Target Audience: Educators, Parents Level: Basic 46. DVR 101 Guava Julie Ferchoff, VR Staff; Susan Baumgart, VR Staff; Susan Chandek and Brian Messman, DVR. This presentation will provide current information regarding the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). This will include information about eligibility, Order of Selection and DVR service. Best Practices will be shared in working with DVR and schools to provide a smooth and effective transition for students with disabilities. Target Audience: Parents, Youth, Educators, Adult Service Providers Level: Basic 18 Friday, February 19, 2010 9:15 – 10:30am CONCURRENT SESSIONS (continued) 47. What Young Adults Have to Say about Youth Leadership: Tips for Schools and Families Aralia Colleen Moss, Transition Specialist at Waisman Center; Beth Swedeen, Transition Specialist; and Erik Carter, Associate Professor at UW-Madison. Self-determination is an important concept within the transition field. One component of self- determination —- and perhaps the least explored and understood — is youth leadership. This typically involves knowing yourself, knowing your rights, and advocating for others with common concerns. At the same time, youth and young adults with disabilities are infrequently afforded opportunities to assume leadership roles that shape practices and policy that impact their everyday life. This presentation will present findings from a research study that interviewed nearly 30 young adults with a range of disabilities ages 18-30. It will include ways that high schools, families and communities can better equip youth with disabilities with the skills, support, experiences, and relationships that promote leadership skills. We will share their perspectives and recommendations for fostering leadership, including concrete tips for educators and families on how to promote youth leadership opportunities and experiences during the high school years. Target Audience: Educators, Parents, Youth, Agency Providers Level: Basic 48. The Summary of Performance in Practice Portia Liz Kennedy, Transition Coordinator. This session will provide participants with an example of how the Summary of Perfor- mance (SoP) is used by students, high schools, agencies and postsecondary education to promote the achievement of a student’s post-school goals. Completion and use of the SoP as a tool to help establish disability documentation and postsecondary accommodations will be discussed. Target Audience: Parents, Youth, Educators, Adult Service Providers Level: Basic 49. What Parents & Families Need to Know about Adult Services and Supports Mangrove CONFERENCE - Friday, February 19th Mai Plzak, Disability Benefits Specialist; Natalie Wilmot, ADRC - Sauk County; Lisa Karau, ADRC - Sauk County; and Amber Russell, ADRC - South Green County. This session is for parents and families who want to know how they can help their student be better prepared for life after they leave school. The presentation will include practical and realistic approaches that can/should be used when they partner with knowledgeable resources in their local community. Content will address functional and financial eligibility determinations, as well as options and benefits counseling. Participants will learn who to contact, how to make the contact, when to make the contact, and why. Target Audience: Parents, Youth Level: Basic 50. 411 Youth Disclosure Curriculum --Youth Trainer Training Tamarind Jaime Hodgkin, Student, Eastern Maine Community College; Mary Redmond Luce, Regional Transition Coordinator. Nothing About Us Without Us! This session presents the 411 Disability Disclosure Curriculum adapted for youth by youth in Maine. It provides the basics on how to become a Youth trainer/presenter of the curriculum. The youth version of the 411 contains 5 modules, each with hands on games and activities devised by Maine Youth Leaders and tested with hun- dreds of other youth. The curriculum provides youth with information on disability disclosure in school and work settings as well as providing information on how and when to disclose to friends. Additional information on Section 504 rights and critical vocabulary. This session is intended for youth and educators with youth groups who want to present this curricu- lum to other youth. Target Audience: Youth Level: Basic 19 Friday, February 19, 2010 9:15 – 10:30am CONCURRENT SESSIONS (continued) 51. The NEW sharedwork.org Ebony Amy Whitehead, Coordinator. The website sharedwork.org continues to be a valuable resource to those looking for timely transition information. This website is a clearinghouse of information for the 14 states that are members of the National Community of Practice on Transition. Participants in this session will see the new updates to the sharedwork.org website, including user profiles and networking capabilities. Target Audience: Parents, Educators, Adult Service Providers Level: Basic 52. Video Presentation: The Key of G Empress Elizabeth Watson, UW Whitewater. The Key of G is an intimate, award-winning documentary about disability, caregiving, community integration and interdependence. The film follows Gannet, a charismatic 22-year-old with physical and develop- mental disabilities, as he leaves his mother’s home to share an apartment with a group of artists and musicians who support him, not only as paid caregivers, but also as friends. Together they create a uniquely successful model of supported living, and a compelling alternative to institutionalized care. Target Audience: Educators, Adult Service Providers, Parents Level: Basic 53. Using Secondary Transition Evidence-Based Practices and Predictors in Schools Suite 4 Dr. David Test, Professor, University of North Carolina—Charlotte. This presentation will provide practitioners and administra- tors with knowledge of evidence-based transition instructional practices and predictors of successful postsecondary out- comes from the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center. The focus will be on how to use this information in designing classroom instruction and developing comprehensive transition programs. Target Audience: Parents, Educators Level: Intermediate CONFERENCE - Friday, February 19th 53B. User Guides and Dialogue Guides Suite 5 Joanne Cashman, Director of the IDEA Partnership. Working with NSTTAC, transition provides from WI and 12 other states and national organizations have developed a set of tools to help local transition coordinators, teachers ,families and agency staff use the material in the NSTTAC Evidence Base. After hearing Dr. Test’s presentation, join us to see the tools that have been designed with you in mind. This session is highly interactive and will provide an array of tools that you can start using tomorrow! Target Audience: Educators, Adult Service Providers, Parents Level: Intermediate 10:30 - 10:45am Break 10:45am – 12:00pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS 54. You’re Ready! Suite F Sherry Gundlach, Cesa 6 Parent Coordinator/WSPEI Parent Coordinator and Patti Brandt, CESA 6 Transition Coordinator/YiPPE Youth Coordinator. Parents, do you feel that you have plenty of time to prepare yourself and your youth’s for their future? Don’t wait the time is now! Youth need to practice these skills while they are still under a parent’s guidance. Parents will leave this session with knowledge and skills needed to assist you and your youth with a successful transition into the adult world. Target Audience: Parents Level: Intermediate 20 Friday, February 19, 2010 10:45am – 12:00pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS (continued) 55. The Use and Distribution of the New Transition Health Care Checklist Suite G Judie Sage, Occupational Therapist; Jeffrey Spitzer-Resnick, Managing Attorney; and Rhonda Roell Werner, Clinical Nurse Specialist. This document was developed by members of the Community of Practice on Transition - Health Care Practice Group. It is designed to help IEP teams develop transition plans that encompass the wide spectrum of health care needs for students with disabilities. Examples include: taking the proper dosage of their medications and knowing the side effects; setting up appointments; using simple first aid; making healthy lifestyle choices including diet and exercise and obtaining health care insurance. Target Audience: Parents, Youth, Educators, Adult Service Providers Level: Intermediate 56. Transition Assessment: Passport to Success Cypress Dr. Cinda Johnson, Professor, Seattle University. Interests, strengths and needs…age appropriate transition assessments drive the transition plan and the IEP yet many teachers find this process time consuming and an “add on” that might happen right before the IEP meeting. This session will provide information and strategies in gathering this information in a meaningful and relevant process for students and that is manageable for educators. Cinda Johnson is a professor in special education and the director of Washington State’s Center for Change in Transition Services. She will share successful projects used to conduct transition assessments from Washington that can be implemented in high schools in Wisconsin. The session includes great resources, lots of information, and suggestions of ways to implement the requirements of transition assessments within the school day and as part of the curricula. Target Audience: Parents; Youth, Adult Service Providers Level: Intermediate 57. ADA, Section 504, and Transition to College Tamboti Dan Altschul, Senior Attorney, US Dept. of Education, Office for Civil Rights. This presentation is intended to assist parents, stu- CONFERENCE - Friday, February 19th dents and schools on an effective transition to college for students with disabilities. OCR will provide the attendees with infor- mation on the differences between high schools and colleges regarding their obligations to students with disabilities, changes to the AD and Section 504 and some practical advice for ensuring a smooth transition from high school to college. Target Audience: Parents, Educators, Adult Service Providers Level: Intermediate 58. The Emotional Side of Transition: Mental Health and Effective Transition Aloeswood Joanne Cashman, Director of the IDEA Partnership. Few would disagree that we need to focus on youth development and self advocacy in transition programming. Yet in far too many instances, we fail to consider the systemic implications for the emo- tional issues that threaten successful transition and personal adaptability. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administra- tion ( SAMHSA) identifies IDEA as a the major source of funding for school mental health interventions and Vocational Rehabili- tation is a major funder of adult mental health services. Using a document produced by The National High School Center and a Dialogue Guide produced by the IDEA Partnership, we will pursue the relationship between mental health and transition. We will present the aligned work on youth transition being undertaken by mental health agencies and learn how to use the ma- terials being produced by our mental health colleagues. Finally, we will introduce a strategy to communicate this information in your district and present opportunities for ongoing support through the National Community of Practice on School Mental Health . Target Audience: Parents, Educators, Adult Service Providers Level: Intermediate 21 Friday, February 19, 2010 10:45am – 12:00pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS (continued) 59. Clearing the Confusion Among Family Care and IRIS and Self-Directed Support Marula Sharon Rybacki, WI BPDD Self-Direction Support Facilitator. Sharon will put into everyday language the differences between the Family Care and IRIS programs. Self-Directed Supports (SDS) are integrated into each of these programs. You will be provided with an explanation of how SDS works and how to implement it. Sharon approaches this from personal experience of working with both programs as guardian for her son who has disabilities as well as from experience as a trained facilitator for SDS through the WI Board for People with Developmental Disabilities. Target Audience: Parents, Adult Service Providers Level: Intermediate 60. Options for High School Completion Guava Beth Lewis, DPI Consultant. According to the US Census Bureau (2006) high school graduates earn an average of $9,600 more than a high school dropout. What are the options available for high school completion in Wisconsin? How can we help young people complete high school with or without a diploma and successfully transition into post-secondary programming? Topics will include traditional diplomas, GED/HSED, GEDO #2, reduced credit and competency based diplomas. Focus will be on alternative programs and pathways to graduation for the at-risk learner in Wisconsin. Target Audience: Parents, Youth, Educators Level: Intermediate 61. Getting Your Foot in the Door: An Innovative Transition Process Aralia Jeanne Morissette, Transition Coordinator for Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District, Amanda Turner, Melissa Boos, Caryl Kidd and Sheila Thompson, Chippewa Falls High School and Leslie Schmidt, High School Special Educators. Successful transi- tion is a process that requires many resources and agencies to work together. At Chippewa Falls High School, students with special needs have many opportunities to experience on and off campus employment in integrated community settings. These experiences are financially supported by the school district under a Department of Labor workshop license. CONFERENCE - Friday, February 19th Target Audience: Educators, Parents Level: Basic 62. Transition Strategies to Improve Employment for Youth with Autism and Developmental Disabilities Portia Erik Carter, Associate Professor, UW-Madison, Audrey Trainor, Assistant Professor, UW-Madison and Beth Swedeen, Transition Specialist, Waisman Center. Project Summer is a federally-funded research project that examined promising strategies for improving summer employment for youth with developmental disabilities and emotional/behavioral disabilities. This presen- tation will examine the strategies used to connect youth to meaningful, community-based employment, including tips and strategies for replication. Target Audience: Educators, Parents, Youth, Agency Representatives Level: Intermediate 63. Social Security - Benefits to Work Mangrove Bob Monahan, Work Incentives Coordinator and Connie DaValt, Technical Expert. This session will feature information on Social Security and SSI benefits, as well as transitioning from benefits to work. Topics of importance to youth approaching and moving past age 18 will be discussed, along with a discussion of available benefits and how to file, representation, and do- ing business online. Work Incentives and employment supports, including PASS and the Ticket to Work, and the importance of Benefits Counseling will be described. Target Audience: Educators, Parents, Youth, Agency Representatives Level: Intermediate 22 Friday, February 19, 2010 10:45am – 12:00pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS (continued) 64. Community Organizing for Social Inclusion Tamarind Stefanie Primm, Community Organizer for LOV-Dane. Do you want friends to hang out with on Friday night? Are you interested in getting more involved in your community? Do you want to give back to your neighborhood, church or community center? If so, come a learn about the experiences of LOV-Dane and the LOV-YAAs! Learn about how a group of young adults with disabilities organized to create the good life for themselves. You’ll learn about ways to do this in your own community too! Target Audience: Youth Level: Basic 65. Web 2.0 Tools for Success Ebony Paula Walser, Director of E- Learning/Assistive Technology. What is Web 2.0 and how will these tools assist me as a special educator? Join us for a “hands-on” experience using micro social networking, Ning, Voice Thread, social bookmarking, web based text to speech, interactive learning objects and much more! All of the tools demonstrated and used are FREE! Space is limited. Target Audience: Parents, Educators, Adult Service Providers Level: Basic 66. Wisconsin Post High School Outcomes Survey and Indicator 14 Results Empress Mary Kampa, Director of the Wisconsin Post High School Outcomes Project and Robyn Spencer-Beck, Hudson School District. Annually, one-fifth of districts in Wisconsin are required to participate in a post high school outcomes survey to fulfill the data collection and reporting requirements of Indicator 14. Wisconsin is currently completing the third year of post high school outcomes data collection for Indicator 14. This sectional will present information on the statewide engagement rate of youth with disabilities in postsecondary education and competitive employment one year after leaving high school and state engagement targets. Districts will learn how to view their local outcomes, and to use that information for local decisions and transition planning. CONFERENCE - Friday, February 19th Target Audience: Parents, Educators, Adult Service Providers Level: Intermediate 67. Transitioning to Employment Suites 4 & 5 Dr. Temple Grandin. In this session Dr. Grandin will explain how important it is for a student diagnosed with Autism or ASD to have a variety of work experiences before leaving high school. She will outline her experiences beginning at age 13 and will talk about how they led her to her career path today. She believes it is never too late to start, no matter how old an individual is. “They need to start one small job at a time.” Target Audience: Parents, Youth, Educators, Adult Service Providers Level: Basic 23 Thank you to the following sponsors for their support of the 7th Annual Wisconsin Transition Conference! Wisconsin Family Assistance Center for Education, Training and Support (Wisconsin FACETS) Providing opportunities to enhance the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities and their families. FACETS is an IDEA-funded parent training and information The Pathways office houses a number of initiatives center for Wisconsin that provides resources, workshops, designed to address the barriers to employment information and support about the special education and community living faced by many process to parents and others. individuals with disabilities. A DPI grant-funded project established to help students WI State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) make a successful transition from high school into adult life, is a DPI funded grant which continues to bring together by providing personnel development, support services, statewide partners working to improve academic and information on IDEA transition requirements achievement and transition outcomes for students with and effective practice in transition. disabilities in Wisconsin. Please Visit the Following Exhibitors in Suites 4 and 5 on Thursday: A user-friendly online career guidance All new for 2010, our fully redesigned system, including career assessment Specializing in transition assessments family of BRIGANCE assessment tools tools, occupational profiles, and curriculum materials for special reflect IDEA requirements and state stan- postsecondary information, student education students, including the MECA dards. Additional diagnostic and instruc- portfolios and a course planner module. (Microcomputer Evaluation of Careers and tional products are also available to best Academics) system. support your special education needs. This agency promotes self-determination and full inclusion of People with disabilities in Wisconsin. Awareness, Support and Working together The ILCW administers and for Individuals with Autism Spectrum coordinates Peer Power, Disorder in Wisconsin. Division on Career Development a statewide initiative and Transition (DCDT) using peer support for life after high school. COLORS BY FULTON DEPARTMENT OF This microenterprise contains HEALTH SERVICES original artwork in a variety of media A 4-year, non-degree, commuter life skills Including handouts on by Fulton Damm, program, located on the Elmhurst College children’s mental health issues an adult with Down Syndrome. campus in the western suburbs of Chicago for and transition to adult living. young adults with disabilities, ages 18-28, who have completed high school with a diploma or certificate. CENTER ON EDUCATION DRIVING INSPIRATION EMPLOYMENT AND WORK— MINISTRIES RESOURCES, INC. UW MADISON ASSESSMENT This agency is a respite care Provides employment and benefits Provides professional development PROGRAM provider in a camp setting serving opportunities for career development counseling, assistive technology and com- A clinic-based driving assessment along adults with disabilities professionals, career development online munity outreach services to people with with behind-the-wheel assessment, based 18-80 years old. and print resources, and career develop- disabilities who are pursuing employment. in Portage, WI. ment research. OPTIONS FOR NATURE’S MIDWEST ALLIANCE IN IRIS COLLEGE SUCCESS (I RESPECT, EARTHENWARE STEM—UW MADISON I SELF-DIRECT): We encourage learning challenged Transition opportunities to students with This microenterprise sells hand made IRIS is a Medicaid-funded, long-term care postsecondary students to transition disabilities interested in postsecondary pottery with a twist of nature program offered by the WI Department of to living independently and working education and careers in science, added to it. Health Services. IRIS is available in coun- productively by supporting the skills technology, engineering and math. needed to succeed in life. ties where Family Care operates. Please Visit the Following Exhibitors in Suites 4 and 5 on Thursday: WORC, INC/ ARTWORKING A post secondary educational SW Community Action LIFT Program A DPI grant-funded project established to (Work Opportunity in Rural Communities). institution designed to help people This pilot program in Southeastern help students make a successful transition Non-profit agency in Dane County with developmental disabilities make the Wisconsin provides transportation to work from high school into adult life, by providing that specializes in Supported Employment, transition from school to work and from for people with disabilities. Information personnel development, support services, Microenterprise and Art services. home to independent living. on other similar programs across the state and information on IDEA transition require- will be available at this booth. ments and effective practice in transition. SOCIAL SECURITY PEPNET/ UW STOUT DRIVING ASSESSMENT ADMINISTRATION (SSA) UW MILWAUKEE VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION PROGRAM Providing Social Security benefit informa- tion, as well as information on filing and US Dept. of Ed/OSEP grant, working to ad- PROGRAM vance educational opportunities for people A clinic-based driving assessment work incentives. who are deaf/hard of hearing. Providing services such as the Transition along with behind-the-wheel Partnership Program, Vocational Assess- assessment, based in Portage, WI. ment and Assistive Technology. WI REGIONAL CENTERS RICARDO VASQUEZ FOR CHILDREN AND PRODUCTIONS CHUSART SWEDEE’S YOUTH WITH SPECIAL HEALTH CARE NEEDS Microenterprise supporting musician Ri- This microenterprise offers Microenterprise offering handmade jew- cardo Vasquez, who is performing during jewelry and paintings. elry, bookmarks, keychains and lanyards. (CHYSHCN) the Pizza Social on Thursday night. Community resources for parents and educators who work with students with special health care needs. OPTIONS FOR WSTI YOUTH COLLEGE SUCCESS LEADERSHIP COUNCIL We encourage learning challenged Wisconsin FACETS (YLC) postsecondary students to transition This group based in Madison displays IDEA-funded parent training and This booth will have information on lead- to living independently and working award-winning artwork by Wisconsin information center for Wisconsin that ership opportunities across Wisconsin that productively by supporting the skills artists with disabilities at sites around provides resources, workshops, information youth can get involved in. needed to succeed in life. the state. Please view their work and support about the special education on display in the general session. process to parents and others. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the 2010 WTC Committee for their time and efforts in the planning and coordination of this years conference. Please take the time to personally thank them as you see them. Cindy Cain Bob Greene Mike Linak Beth Swedeen Therese Canfield Sherry Gundlach Caroline Leung Kim Swenson Neelam Dhadankar Mike Gutowski Linda Maitrejean Lori Turim Meredith Dressel Jen Ledin Dave Nass Dawn Wians Steve Gilles Rebecca Pettit Notes:
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