Transition Essentials To Prepare Students for Adult Life. 2007 Oklahoma Parent Conference. Jim Martin, Chen-Ya Juan, and Cathy Witten Zarrow Center University of Oklahoma Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 405-325-8951. Agenda. Purpose of SPED Transition Education Big Ideas
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Transition Essentials To Prepare Students for Adult Life
2007 Oklahoma Parent Conference
Jim Martin, Chen-Ya Juan, and Cathy Witten
University of Oklahoma
. . . a free appropriate public education that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet students’ unique needs and to prepare them for further education,employment, and independent living.
“High school is a make-or-break time for kids with disabilities and, for too many, it’s a break time that’s why comprehensive transition planning must begin no later than age 14.”
US DOE, OSEP
Parents and educators and students need to decide:
Where will the student live?
Where will the student work?
Where will the student receive job training?
Where will the student receive education after high school?
Transition Big Idea #2
Design the high school years to ensure that students have the opportunity and gain the skills needed to achieve post-school education, employment, and living goals.
Transition Big Idea #3
To enable students to attain postschool goals, involve students in identifying and making linkages to post-school supports and programs before exiting the school system.
Taxonomy for Transition Education
Transition Education Opportunities
Teacher-Directed: What Percent Did These People Talk?
Who Talked at IEP Meetings?
Self-Directed IEP - 11 Lessons
Self-Directed IEP: What Percent Did These People Talk?
Student-Directed: What % Did These People Talk?
Answer This Question
Who talked most about transition?
The IEP Team consists of students, family, educators, and support staff. All -especially the student and family - must communicate to develop an effective and meaningful plan.
IEP Team Purpose
IEP teams needs to take along-term view and build an IEP to facilitate attainment of postschool goals.
Begin With Postschool Goals
Begin each IEP meeting with a discussion of postschool goals and involve the student and family as much as possible in this discussion.
P.O. Box 1304
Lawrence, KS 66044
A Student’s Guide
P.O. Box 1492
Washington, DC 20013
8700 Shoal Creek Blvd
Austin, TX 78757
Team Completes a Three-Part Transition Assessment Process
Three-Part Transition Assessment
• Independent performance
Vocational Interest Assessment
Part 3 of the 3-Part Transition Assessment Process
What If Some Can’t Read?
Career Development Theory
• Career Awareness
• Career Exploration
• Career Preparation
• Beginning Career
Need Exposure to Available Jobs
Cost: appx $200 for entire package
Compares initial preferences to those experienced at a particular job site.
Key: Determine Match Between What I Like and What’s At This Site
Choose and Take Action
Vocational Assessment Software
Use of a software program and community experiences to identify entry-level job interests
Choose and Take Action: Finding a Job for You
4093 Specialty Place
Longmont, CO 80504
Plan of Study Problems
Take Action: An Overview
Write The Steps in the Correct Order from 1 to 4.
All lessons and associated materials can be found at:www.ok-ahead.org/test/index.html
For More Information Contact:
Jim Martin, Chen-Ya Juan, & Cathy Witten
University of Oklahoma
Zarrow Center for Learning Enrichment
Carpenter Hall Room 111
Norman, OK 73019