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Youth-Led , Y outh-Driven Webinars on Transition. Why we did it, what we did, and what’s next! S ponsored by the IDEA’s Partnership National Community of Practice on Transition May 14, 2014. Introductions Who is with us today?

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Youth-Led, Youth-Driven Webinars on Transition

Why we did it, what we did, and what’s next!

Sponsored by the IDEA’s Partnership National Community of Practice on Transition

May 14, 2014


Who is with us today?

How have you been involved with the transition community of practice?

Session Objectives

Your Engagement

  • During the presentation, we encourage all to:

Your Engagement

Why did we do it?


Christopher Coulston (DE), Emma Kemler (VA), Chris Nace (DC), Rachael Fiel (VA), Everett Deibler (PA)

The Three Webinars

Series objectives

  • We collected insights from youth and adult allies from Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Hampshire, Michigan, Arizona, California, and Virginia, so professionals could learn about:

Core Beliefs

Collecting the Wisdom

Bridging the Wisdom




Sharing the Wisdom

Webinar #1: Get the Picture

Webinar #1 Get the Picture


Who is Involved in Transition Planning?

Does the student feel ‘invited’ or engaged in the process?

What was your role in transition planning?

When Should transition planning start?

Transition needsand shouldbe started earlier!

16 years old = is way too late!

Where did transition preparation and planning take place?

Why is it important for youth to lead Their transition planning?

How can youth become ‘the drivers’ of transition, rather than ‘the recipients?’

I can Lead!

I feel engaged in transition when…

What does youth engagement look like in transition?

Webinar #2Get Into the Picture

Webinar #2 Get Into the Picture

Knowing Yourself

How can you help youth identify their strengths, needs, accommodations and supports?

Key Messages

  • Useful strategy to identify strengths, needs, accommodations and goals

  • Things to keep in mind:

    • Personal experiences are one of the best sources of information on yourself

    • Don’t overlook subtleties

    • Accommodations are designed to address needs—no irrelevant or overbearing measures!

Knowing Yourself

How can you help educate and empower youth so that they can communicate with those who support them?

Webinar #3Change The picture


Adult Allies – Beliefs


A young person should see an adult ally as a person who “always has their back”, but also knows when to “back off” so that the young person believes they can do anything!

Adult Allies – Characteristics

Questions Young People May Ask Themselves

Are my ideas really considered?

They tell me I need to be a self-advocate, but how can I be one, when I am given no power?

When I speak, the meeting ‘stops.’ I feel ‘yessed at,’ and then the meeting continues on.

Seeing the Big Picture

The Door of Opportunity


  • How can we collectively change the mindset of adult allies from “service providers” to partners to more fully engage youth?

Reflection on Webinars

Your Voice

Where Can I Get These Resources?!

Thank you to the webinar planning team

Contact us

Christopher Coulston –

Clement Coulston –

Christopher Nace–

Everett Deibler–

Matthew Shapiro –

Joan Kester –

Mariola Rosser –

Idea partnership

The IDEA Partnership is funded by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and is part of the Technical Assistance and Dissemination network

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