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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?

your engagement
Your Engagement
  • During the presentation, we encourage all to:

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

series objectives
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:
bridging the wisdom
Bridging the Wisdom




who is involved in transition planning
Who is Involved in Transition Planning?

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

when should transition planning start
When Should transition planning start?

Transition needsand shouldbe started earlier!

16 years old = is way too late!


Knowing Yourself

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

key messages
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?


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!

questions young people may ask themselves
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.

adult allies a change in mindset1
  • How can we collectively change the mindset of adult allies from “service providers” to partners to more fully engage youth?
where can i get these resources
Where Can I Get These Resources?!


Contact us

Christopher Coulston –

Clement Coulston –

Christopher Nace–

Everett Deibler–

Matthew Shapiro –

Joan Kester –

Mariola Rosser –

idea partnership
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

Visit the Website:

Call toll free line at: 1-877-IDEA INFO