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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.
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                                                                                  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!




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                                           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




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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




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                                                                        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.
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                                                         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
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                                     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




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                                                       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.




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                                                                                   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




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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




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                                     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.
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                                     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
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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




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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




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                                     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
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                                     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
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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




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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!
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                                     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.
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                                     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.




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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




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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
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                                     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-
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                                     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




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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




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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




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                                     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
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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




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                                     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




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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




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  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
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