2019 BREAKOUT SESSIONS AT A GLANCE

9:10 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.

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Participants will learn strategies to implement transition services considering language and culture as well as resources to work with diverse students and their families.

Transition Planning with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families - Dr. Jamie Doran and Dr. Corinna Villar Cole

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This practitioner-based session will focus on innovative practices that can be used by K-12 and Higher Education institutions to build Pre-ETS program partnerships with providers, employers, and vocational rehabilitation agencies.

Collaborative Pre-Employment Transition Services for Students with Autism: Practices and Partnerships - Dr. James Williams

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Join me as we explore ways to focus on student abilities while learning about the disability. Achieving post-secondary goals through non-traditional methods is an option.

Preparing Your Child for Life as an Adult- Dr. Jacquelyn Reavis

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Students with disabilities approaching adulthood need planning and preparation to maximize their ability to make their own life choices and decisions. This session reviews what individuals with disabilities, families, school personnel and other professionals need to know about new changes in Texas law on guardianship and transition planning.

Texas Guardianship Reform: Self-Determination, Supported Decision Making, and Transition Planning - Jeff Miller

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Participants will learn strategies for partnerships, have an opportunity to share time-proven strategies for collaboration, and resources to expand and improve partnerships in the future.

Strategies to Partner with Adult Transition Programs for Students 18-21 with Disabilities - Dr. Vickie J. Mitchell and Dr. Leena Landmark

10:35 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

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Participants will learn strategies to implement transition services considering language and culture as well as resources to work with diverse students and their families.

Transition Planning with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families - Dr. Jamie Doran and Dr. Corinna Villar Cole

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This session will highlight resources that support and address essential topics like preparing individuals for work, developing health and interpersonal skills, improving independent home living skills, and increasing independence in the community. 

Solutions for Home and Community Based Services- René Zelt

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This session will support teachers, administration, and other stakeholders in understanding and implementing assessment, supporting reasonable accommodations for access to the least restrictive environment/ competitive workplace, and meeting the needs of students with special needs.

The Power of Assessment to Improve Student Outcomes - Leslie Polvada

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This session will focus on practical tips to assist families and adult students to better advocate for appropriate transition services.  The session will include a discussion of the purpose and goals of transition planning both inside and outside of the school setting.

Texas Transitions 101 - Jeff Miller

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Participants will learn strategies for partnerships, have an opportunity to share time-proven strategies for collaboration, and resources to expand and improve partnerships in the future.

Strategies to Partner with Adult Transition Programs for Students 18-21 with Disabilities - Dr. Vickie J. Mitchell and Dr. Leena Landmark

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

The Student-Centered Transitions Network: Transition from Birth to Adult 

The staff from the Garrett Center on Transition and Disability Studies at Sam Houston State University along with Dr. Jacequlyn Reavis with Region 7 ESC will provide an overview of the new transition network for public schools in Texas, the Student-Centered Transitions Network. The network of the twenty Regional Education Service Centers under the Texas Education Agency serves over 1200+ school districts and charter schools in Texas. Participants will learn the concept of the new transition network model, some of the key activities designed to empower students and engage parents, as well as partnerships with agencies and service providers to build capacity across the state of Texas. If you work with students, parents, or school districts you will enjoy hearing the direction Texas is going and goals for better results for children with disabilities in Texas.

Keynote Presentation: The Student-Centered Transitions Network: Transition from Birth to Adult  - Dr. Corinna Villar Cole, Dr. Jamie Doran, Dr. Leena Landmark, Dr. Vickie J. Mitchell, and Dr. Jacquelyn Reavis
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1:40 p.m. - 2:55 p.m.

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This session will focus on identifying, understanding, and avoiding the top ten mistakes made during post-secondary transition planning and evaluation based upon research and practitioner experience.

Top Ten Mistakes to Avoid During Post-Secondary Planning/Evaluation - Dr. James Williams

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When students understand their strengths and their needs, they are better prepared to advocate for themselves and lead more independent lives.  Join me as we explore ways to support self-advocacy in students with disabilities. 

Building Self-Advocacy in Students with Disabilities - Dr. Jacquelyn Reavis

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This workshop will provide parents and youth with practical, hands-on strategies to help reach a student’s employment-related transition goals. Participants will learn about post-secondary services that are available and how to obtain them.

Solving the Employment Puzzle for Youth with Disabilities - Dee Lower

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This presentation will cover all of the activities and training East Texas Lighthouse offers to help your students with visual impairment achieve their transition goals.

Teaming with the Lighthouse to Meet your VI Student's Transition Needs - Ann Phillips