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Thursday March, 7

7:00am

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8:15am

Keynote

Presenters: Keith Ozols, Nina G

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9:30am

Sex Ed in Oregon: Comprehensive and Inclusive for all Students

Presenters: Sasha Grenier
Bloch
The new Health Education Standards expand on the required knowledge and skills related to comprehensive sexuality education. They broaden the notion of what sexual health is, covering areas including body image and confidence, media literacy, gender roles, relationships, sexual assault prevention, and communication. The presentation will focus on creating accessible, inclusive, and safe sex ed classrooms for all students, regardless of ability or identity. We will explore why sex ed for all students is so important for equitable student well-being, success, health, and safety. 


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9:30am

Transition Experiences: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth

Presenters: Kathryn Eckert-Mason, Eleni Boston
Boardroom
Deaf and Hard of Hearing youth bring unique challenges to the world of transition. This session will explore the challenges of hearing loss, strategies to facilitate effective transition, and effective partnerships and resources. A review of student videos sharing their transition advice will also be shared. 

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9:30am

Unmasked: The school-based social skills experiences of adolescent autistic young women

Presenters: Marisa Kofke
Hellman
Findings from interviews with four adolescent autistic females about the experience of learning social skills at school and autistic identity development will be presented. The presentation will be situated in a critical autism studies framework providing an overview of the neurodiversity paradigm and issues related to gender and autism in schools. Implications for practitioners working with autistic youth will be discussed. 

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9:30am

The Art of providing Pre-ETS, an interactive session

Presenters: Toni DePeel, Nicole Perdue, Ashley Jopling, Lisa Catherwood
Join us for an interactive Pre-Employment Transition Service (Pre-ETS) demonstration! Participate in hands-on learning from a student perspective and walk away with resources to use. Learn from professionals from both Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) and Oregon Commission for the Blind (OCB), who specialize in providing Pre-ETS for students across the state of Oregon.
9:30am

Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation 101

Presenters: Cortney Gibson, Heather Lindsey
O'Neil
An introduction to Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Services, understanding current legislation, assisting students and youth with disabilities seek employment, and how to assist students in understanding the Vocational Rehabilitation process and advocacy tools. 

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9:30am

Partnering to Create Successful Employment Outcomes

Presenters: Laurie Brooks, Brian Sacre
Sousa
The process of leaving the support systems put in place by our high schools can sometimes be difficult to navigate. As AT Specialists, we have a wealth of experience in assisting and witnessing the varied paths people take to find meaningful work and/or post-high school education after leaving high school. This presentation focuses on the technology that has opened doors for people that have successfully transitioned to the adult world.

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9:30am

Helping students take control of their financial future with ABLE

Presenters: Tobias Read, Kaellen Hessel
Seeger/Joplin
People with disabilities are finally able to save money without jeopardizing their state and federal benefits. Learn about how the Oregon ABLE Savings Plan works, how it protects benefits, what savings can be used for and what the process is like to open an account.

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9:30am

Your choice, your voice: Empowering transition students to vote

Presenters: Esther Harlow
Young adults can now register to vote at age 16 in Oregon. Voting supports better health, social connections, empowerment, and personal agency. Voters with disabilities also have new technology accommodations available. Learn how schools and IL programs can support registration and voting as an important aspect of independent living.

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9:30am

Transition from the Experts w/ Nina G

Presenters: Nina G
Williams
Transition with the experts...a conversation with youth with disabilities. This session dives into the personal experiences of youth with disabilities and discuss topics like advocacy, understanding one's disability and transition into the next step. 

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9:30am

Lessons Learned in Serving Young Offenders with Disabilities in Re-Entry

Presenters: Deanne Unruh
Directors
Lessons learned will be shared from a young offender with disability reentry programs implemented in across three states (OR, MN, AZ). Common themes will be shared from the evaluation of these programs that supported youth reentry/or positive engagement in school and community settings. 

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10:55am

Engaged Parents + Shared Vision = Greater Student Outcomes

Presenters: Roberta Dunn
General introduction to the changes we see in disability and how it is challenging parent and professional to increase their expectations for students and to discover the power and potential of having a shared vision for greater student success.

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10:55am

How to Get in to College and Survive with Dyslexia

Presenters: Betsy Ramsey, Carrie Thomas-Beck
Seeger/Joplin
Students with dyslexia can be very successful in college when provided with the necessary supports. In this session, participants will learn about supports available to assist with the college application process and college survival. They will hear from a college student with dyslexia who is successfully navigating the system.

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10:55am

CIS Tools for Transition Aged Youth with Disabilities

Presenters: Mary Tharp, Patricia Clark
Wilder
CIS is a one-stop shop for Transition Specialists, Special Education Teachers, and Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors. This session will describe how CIS can be used to facilitate successful transition plans for students and will also provide a sneak peek at the newly designed CIS, which is mobile friendly.
10:55am

Self-Determination in Postsecondary Education: Strategies to Support Students with Disabilities

Presenters: Kyle Reardon, James Sinclair
Studio ABC
This presentation will outline the importance of self-determination in order for students with disabilities to be successful in postsecondary education and will focus on the components of self-determination most necessary for postsecondary success. Specific strategies will be provided for supporting students to develop and sustain these skills throughout postsecondary education. 

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10:55am

Preparing for Inclusive Postsecondary Education: What Can High Schools Do for Success?

Presenters: Mary Morningstar, Susan Bert, Lucy Balthazaar
Hellman
This session will focus on describing the critical skills and opportunities needed to prepare students with intellectual disabilities to be successful in postsecondary education leading to positive adult outcomes. Experience from a CCS student offers ideas for how to prepare students with skills and opportunities to be college and career ready.

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10:55am

Reigniting the Fire in Your Employment First Team: Tips from a rural community to stay strong

Presenters: Erica Drake, Marguerite Blackmore
Williams
A panel from the  Madras Employment First team will share their journey which will include their struggles, successes, and next steps to stay strong.  This employment first team has a diverse membership which has grown out of a continued effort to engage its community for the Employment First mission.

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10:55am

An Introduction to Occupational Skills Training

Presenters: Mark Noah
Bloch
We will describe the Occupational Skills Training program and where it might fit in the transition from school to work.  We’ll provide examples of successful OST plans and attempt to identify some of the factors that point to success.  We will discuss the process of developing an OST plan and the roles of the various entities involved—student, family, community, partners, OST staff.

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10:55am

Work Communication Strategies for People Who Experience Autism Spectrum Disorder

Presenters: Janie Radinovich-Brose, Wendy Wall
Sousa
VRC/YTP Specialist team will present strategies to effectively communicate at work with persons on the Autism Spectrum. We will share a specific success story regarding one of our clients on the Autism Spectrum who is non-verbal. We have permission to share this story. We will also give information/resources on tools that can be used to effectively communicate at work.
10:55am

We’re doing it, so can you! Transition for incarcerated youth

Presenters: Shawn Horrell, Aundrea Majewski, Darrin Rykman
Boardroom
The presenters will focus on what they done in preparing youth while they are incarcerated with limited outside resources,  they use a what can you do now approach.  Come learn about Monroe high school’s  program as they teach skills for a great college program as well as a their robust production work.
10:55am

Guardianship and Transition Age Students

Presenters: Emily Braman
O'Neil
Learn how to talk with parents and students about guardianship and other decision-making options. Learn basic information about guardianship including when it’s appropriate, powers of a guardian, and the impact guardianship has on an individual. We will also provide you with a basic overview of the guardianship appointment process.  
1:15pm

Oregon Seamless Toolkit: Resources to Build and Guide a Transition Team

Presenters: Nicole Perdue, Sarah Statham, Kriss Rita
Hellman
The Oregon Seamless program is prepared to share tools that support transition teams. Join us in learning about the tools and walk away with a wealth of resources! 
1:15pm

Mental health and college readiness: Removing personal and institutional barriers

Presenters: James Sinclair, Chris Knowles, Sloan Storie, Sondra Stegenga
Williams
This presentation is threefold: (1) We will report results from a state-wide needs assessment concerning access to mental health support on college campuses; (2) Discuss reported experiences related to accessibility services; and (3) provide suggestions for practitioners to better support students, and remove identified barriers while advocating for their needs.

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1:15pm

Promoting Mental Health Awareness: A Mental Health First Aid Approach

Presenters: Maria Gdonatkis
Bloch
Mental illness is common; and as we are increasingly aware of this, it is crucial to have the necessary information to assist youth and adults in need of help.  This presentation provides information about Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) and how transition-aged youth and professionals can gain more information and tools.
1:15pm

Secondary Transition Fidelity Assessment: Assessing Fidelity of Implementation in Transition

Presenters: Deanne Unruh, Kyle Reardon, Mary Morningstar, Marcus Poppen, Dawn Rowe
Boardroom
This presentation will introduce participants to the Secondary Transition Fidelity Assessment (STFA), a self-assessment measure that high school leadership teams, including teachers, families, students, and administrators, can use to examine their use of research-based programs and practices that lead to meaningful effects on college and/or career outcomes for all students.

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1:15pm

Introduction to I/DD services- Getting and staying connected!

Presenters: Erica Drake, Nathan Deeks, Brad Collins, Melanie Hartwig, Theresa Knowles, Micah Sischo, Acacia McGuire Anderson
Sousa
One important aspect of transitioning into adulthood for a student can be to stay connected to or get connected to their local Intellectual and Developmental Disability Services (I/DD) office. If eligible for services, students can access an array of supports, one being supported employment. The 1st  in a series of employment services presentations including ODDS Services 101, DD forms/processes 102 and ODDS Employment Services - Q&A 103.

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1:15pm

To be engaged or not engaged, that is the question?

Presenters: Sally Simich, Charlotte Alverson
Directors
Do you know why your former students weren’t engaged after leaving school? Participants will learn how to answer this question and many more. Information from the PSO survey can be used to drive change in your secondary transition programs to help students become engaged. 
1:15pm

Career and Technical Education & Secondary Students with Disabilities

Presenters: Deanne Unruh, Dawn Rowe
Seeger/Joplin
Students with disabilities continue to lag behind their peers without disabilities in postsecondary education and employment. Services provided to students while in high school also contribute to positive outcomes. One important transition service that can be provided to youth while in high school to assist in mitigating poor outcomes for youth with disabilities is access to career technical education. This session will highlight how to include CTE as a critical transition service in the IEP as well as how to use industry standards to develop relevant IEP goals and services. 

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1:15pm

Ethical Considerations in a Tech Savvy World

Presenters: Sabrina Cunliffe, Heather Lindsey
O'Neil
This interactive session will provide attendees with the latest updates to the CRC code of ethics.  Topics such as confidentiality while using social media, text messaging, and other forms of electronic communication will be addressed.  CRC Ethics credit will be provided for this session.  

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1:15pm

Putting on an Interactive Independent Living Fair

Presenters: Lon Thornburg, Donna Lowry
Wilder
Learn the ropes on putting on an engaging independent learning fair in your region for students. It is a great way to network with community businesses and get students thinking about the responsibilities and costs of life after high school.  Cost of Living, budget, activity worksheet samples, materials and planning ideas will be shared.

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1:15pm

Supported Decision Making

Presenters: Emily Braman
Studio ABC
Have you heard of Supported Decision Making? Are you wondering what it is and how it supports students? Learn about Supported Decision Making and the positive impact it can have on a student's life.  Understand the values and benefits of student's making their own voice heard. 

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2:40pm

How to engage students in conversations about disability, work & success

Presenters: Heather Lynch
Boardroom
MEGI (Motivational Enhancement Group Intervention) is a program designed for 14-21 year old youth with disabilities focused on career exploration and development, in a small group setting. Learn about the “MEGI story”, how it relates to increasing self-advocacy in students, meeting WIOA pre-ETS goals and developing a VR employment plan utilizing an Evidence-Based Practice. 
2:40pm

Bring Your Own Device: Assistive Technology

Presenters: Christina Bruck, Felicia Arce
Wilder
Attendees will be given an interactive, hands-on training on how to use free and low-cost apps and low-tech assistive technology (AT). This session will demonstrate AT tools to support students or staff with reading, math, and notetaking and how to implement AT with students.

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2:40pm

"LIVE" Professional Learning Community on Creative Transition Programming

Presenters: Marguerite Blackmore, Kriss Rita, Josh Barbour
Studio ABC
Let's roll up our sleeves and collaborate with one another to find creative ways to implement transition services for a wide range of students in all kinds of settings.  Transition is not always a place/class-it can happen anywhere! Presenters will gather ideas from the audience-this is not a "sit and get"-we are not the sage on the stage- participants are valued members in this session.  Come to this session with an open mind, and a problem-solving mindset. Let's discover what we can do instead of why we can't. 

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2:40pm

Intelligent Lives screening - challenging us to see all students potential

Presenters: Roberta Dunn, Sally Simich
Directors
Dan Habib’s film INTELLIGENT LIVES challenges what it means to be intelligent, and points to a future in which people of all abilities can fully participate in higher education, meaningful employment, and intimate relationships. Thought provoking questions will guide participants in deeper exploration of how we see potential in everyone. 
2:40pm

Restraint & Seclusion Policy to Practice: Dispelling Myths and Discussing Facts

Presenters: Lisa Bateman
Seeger/Joplin
Session participants will understand the requirements pertaining to the use of Physical Restraint and Seclusion in Oregon public education programs. Participants will become familiar with the escalation cycle as a tool to positively support both students and staff.
2:40pm

Heart of Oregon’s Programs for Youth / SWIFT in Portland Information about the Programs and a Panel discussion with youth participants

Presenters: Lisa Catherwood, Linda Graham, Tyler McRae, Sam VanDerBeek, Kara Johnson, Terry Falken Stern
Williams
A discussion of Heart of Oregon’s partnership with school districts in central Oregon and the SWIFT Program in Portland.  How do these program impact youth?  
A Panel of youth who participated in SWIFT, Camp Lead, HOC thrift store, COYCC, and Youth Build will discuss their experiences, the impact on their goals and field questions from the audience. 

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2:40pm

The Fundamentals of Teamwork-Facilitating Effective Relationships for Lasting Partnerships

Presenters: Elizabeth Juaniza-Saso, Emily Harris
O'Neil
This session will identify tools that support effective collaboration, and clear communication.  It will also identify tools to support individuals to become a contributing member of a team. 
Attendees will have an opportunity to practice these tools in small groups and walk away with a greater self-reflection of how they can engage on a level where everyone feels valued.

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2:40pm

I/DD Employment Services- Forms and Processes

Presenters: Nathan Deeks, ODDS Regional Specialist Team
Sousa
Focus on the Career Development Plan (CDP) section of the ISP and ODDS supporting documents designed to further employment planning for transition-age youth. Where to find and how to use ODDS materials to most effectively partner with DD/VR/ODE around I/DD services. Second in a series (after Intro to DD services) for those interested in learning more about I/DD services.

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2:40pm

Transition Assessment: Uncovering Student Strengths and Career Interests

Presenters: Deanne Unruh, Dawn Rowe
Bloch
Transition assessment serves as a common thread in the transition process and forms the basis for defining goals and services that are included in the IEP. Rather than a one-time assessment, gathering information about career, independent living and post-secondary education is an ongoing process of gathering information and helping the student identify their strengths, preferences and interests. During this session, you will learn about evidence-based practices, tools, and resources that will assist you to collect the information and put that in the paperwork to create a functional transition plan for life after high school.

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2:40pm

The Power of Person First Language

Presenters: CJ Webb, Heather Lindsey
Hellman
In this session, attendees will learn about person first language and the influence it has on a student, family, and members in the community.  Presenters will introduce person-centered planning activities and resources available.  Attendees will have an opportunity to create their own one-page profile and other activities that they can implement in their classroom or community.

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Friday March, 8

8:15am
9:30am

Oregon STEPSS Pilot

Presenters: Gary Miller, Michael Salitore, Melissa Downs, Ron Henderson, Betsy Miller
Wiliams
The State Toolkit for Examining Post-School Outcomes (STEPSS) is a data-based decision-making tool for improving transition services for secondary students with disabilities. Representatives from school districts in the Oregon STEPSS Pilot will share their experiences with implementation of STEPSS.

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9:30am

The Power of Consortia: Working Together for Student Success

Presenters: Jesse Berkey, Gerrit Wiebe, Jodi Johnson, Kathi Morris, Cathy Noles, Loretta Stites
Bloch
Presenters explain the purpose of an effective consortium and how it benefits all who participate. Hear and see how transition specialists from eight districts collaborate to make things happen for students. An existing consortium shares successful examples that can be used in your districts. Q&A focus: How to form, frame and start a consortium.

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9:30am

Using ABLE Account in Transition Planning and Employment

Presenters: Alisha Langford
Hellman
ABLE Account can be a useful tool in creating financial eligibility for needs-based benefits like SSI at age 18 and beyond to employment. 

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9:30am

Enhancing Coordinated Transition Services in Washington

Presenters: Marcus Poppen, Tammie Doyle, Midge Rigsby-Eldredge
Seeger/Joplin
This session will present on the implementation of the data-driven pilot project in the Spokane Public School district designed to improve coordinated Pre-Employment Transition Services. In the pilot project, multi-disciplinary teams from schools and programs evaluate their transition services and  develop action plans that target service gaps. Lessons learned and the next steps will be discussed. 

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9:30am

Are We There Yet? One District's Journey Through the Transition Coalition Self-Study

Presenters: Mary Morningstar, Transition Team
O'Neil
This presentation will be an overview of the Transition Coalition Self-Study, which is a process for school teams to review IDEA and transition service implementation.  School district personnel will be able to interact with the tool highlighted during the process and hear one district’s experiences in completing the self-study.

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9:30am

Working on SSA Benefits

Presenters: Katie Thompson , Matt Hall
Wilder
We will review the basic differences between different SSA benefits as well as Medicare and Medicaid. We will review youth/student specific work incentives as well as the process for implementing work incentives. We will discuss youth specific scenarios such as the age 18 re-determination process, saving for post-secondary education/training/self-employment goals, how SSA benefits interface with other benefits and support systems such as IDD, MH, etc. 

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9:30am

Exploring DSP Beliefs about Autism, Transition, and Work

Presenters: Christina Howard
Studio ABC
This presentation offers preliminary qualitative dissertation research findings from interviews conducted with DSPs who support transition-age persons identified with autism. Participants will discuss descriptive themes about DSP beliefs about 1) autism, 2) support, and 3) transition to work. 

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9:30am

Benefits of Partnering with your local Tribal Programs

Presenters: Susie Calhoun
Boardroom
Enlighten and provide information about different Tribal Programs that are in place to partner on behalf of our children. This includes IEPs meetings, summer employment opportunities that provide paid employment and skill enhancements for Pre-ETS, higher education scholarships, medical and social services cultural learning and all this starts by knowing and working with your local Tribal VR Program.

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9:30am

Brokerage 101: A partner to your success

Presenters: Mandy Jensen, Alexei Martina
Sousa
Basic Brokerage 101 presentation, how brokerages and transition services can work together. Question and answer time for attendees to ask what they want to know about brokerage services.
9:30am

Supporting Seamless Transition Through Technology for Self-Determination and Data Sharing

Presenters: Josh Barbour, Tom Keating, Anders Pettersson, Toby Rickard, Sherry Sandreth
Directors
This session is a collaboration between the Eugene 4J Connections Transition program, Smart Living Learning and Earning with Autism (SLLEA), an independent living provider in Eugene, and Cognitopia, which develops software to support self-determination. Students, teachers, and transition professionals from each organization will describe a new curriculum that supports instruction in IEP self-direction and goal management, giving students tools to support their seamless transition to independent living. The session includes presentations by transition students on their experience using the apps.

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10:55am

YTP Career Exploration Camp

Presenters: Malheur YTP, Debbie Durham, Dannette Hackman, Christa Maupin, Kirsten Reid
Malheur County YTP Career exploration camp served our potentially eligible YTP population and YTP clients with Pre-ETS activities, hands-on experiences in a variety of career settings, mental health awareness, and life skills.  Students received school credit for participation.

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10:55am

Your FBA is a Fantasy

Presenters: Rick Bowman, Doris Bowman
Sousa
Traditional approaches to making behavioral change through the use of Functional Behavioral Assessments and Behavior Support Plans have long fallen short. Come find out how the Collaborative Problem Solving Model and current neuroscience research inform the creation and use of FBA's, BSP's that are brain-based and focus on skills.

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10:55am

High-Quality IEPs: A Focus on Transition

Presenters: Sally Simich, Nicole Garcia, Eric Wells
Hellman
Participants will engage in an overview of the IEP's 8 transition standards. A main focus will be exposing participants to Oregon best practices and available resources for educators supporting transition aged youth.

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10:55am

Legal Issues in Transition Services

Presenters: Elliot Field
Wilder
This presentation will survey court cases and other decisions that involve transition services and other issues impacting transition-aged students. 

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10:55am

Self-Advocacy: ADA and Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS)

Presenters: CJ Webb, Carla Waring
Williams
As students with disability move from school to work, self-advocacy is an important concept and skill to teach. Transition age students need to know their rights under ADA and how to safely and confidently advocate for themselves as they move from high school onto community employment or college.

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10:55am

Transition at Victory Academy: Work Experience Program for Middle and High School

Presenters: Sula Wilson
Directors
Partnering with 22 businesses, Victory’s Work Experience (WE) Program provides internships to over 30 students with ASD (ages 13–19). Students experiencing both moderate and significant disabilities receive individualized job coaching and comprehensive preference tracking, building self-determination and independence. Through WE, 50% of students (age 16 and older) have attained paid employment. 

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10:55am

Our Story of Advancing Employment First Through Employer Engagement

Presenters: Heidi Dirkse-Graw, Cindy Bahl
Studio ABC
Learn how Dirkse Counseling and Consulting harnessed the power of community to develop and implement an innovative, cutting-edge employer engagement program entitled, Amplify Success!  This program inspires and equips employers to create a workplace culture of inclusion to improve employment outcomes for transition age students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

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10:55am
10:55am

Developing Skills Beyond Money

Presenters: Rachel Stalter, Kate Skinner
Seeger/Joplin
The Albany Community Transition Program has been running a student store for the last six years.  The Corvallis WINGS program is starting up their own student store. Teachers from these two, neighboring transition programs will share how to implement a student store and discuss the skills that students gain when provided this opportunity. Participants will learn how the program has evolved, the skills students learn and apply, the steps to take to start up a student store, and how to collect data. Kate and Rachel will offer time for questions and the sharing of ideas between various life-skills-based programs.  
1:15pm

Building a successful transition program: Peer Mentoring, School Based Business, and Community Partnerships

Presenters: Josie Shindler
Sousa
Building on a solid foundation, YTP at Bandon High School has evolved to meet the challenges and changes in the transition field to become a model program. YTP at BHS utilizes community connections, intuitive evaluation,  and peer mentoring to deliver Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre- ETS) to all eligible youth. 

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1:15pm

CTE and Inclusion of Students with Disabilities

Presenters: Toni DePeel, Sally Simich, Josh Barbour, CJ Webb, Mary Jo Erickson, Peter Fitzgerald, Eivind Sorenson
Bloch
Oregon has built a strong and collaborative infrastructure to support students with disabilities in their transition from high school to life after high school. Work is a huge component of that process. Learn how to access support systems available to CTE Coordinators, Teachers, Dual Enrollment Coordinators, STEM Coordinators, etc.
1:15pm

Results Focused Pre-Employment Transition Services

Presenters: Whitney Fowler
Directors
Whitney will share best practices and strategies to provide Pre-Employment Transition Services that cover the 5 required activities per Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Whitney will share her years of experience as a Special Education Teacher to support employment outcomes for students with disabilities. Learn how to implement WIOA's Pre-ETS!
1:15pm

Incorporating Evidence-Based Practices into the IEP: Research to Practice

Presenters: Charlotte Alverson, Michael Salitore, Cady Wills
Seeger/Joplin
Research shows that certain instructional strategies/evidence-based practices and in-school experiences/predictors of post-school success increase the likelihood of students with disabilities obtaining employment and attending further education after high school. This session uses examples from actual IEPs to show how evidence-based practices and predictors can be incorporated into the IEP. 
1:15pm

Life Skills Transitions Pilot Program: A Community-Based Vocational Experience

Presenters: Sarah Apker, Teagan Wynne
O'Neil
Meet the pilot team of Lane ESD Transition life skills teachers, employment facilitator, and Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. Listen to how they have created a collaborative environment which has allowed a seamless transition from school community-based work experience to post-school services. Speakers will share how the program was created, how it has evolved, and the current status of the program logistics.  
1:15pm

WAGES: How To Put Them In Your Pocket

Presenters: Josh Barbour, Michael Johnson, Ken Woody
Studio ABC
W.A.G.E.S. (Working At Gaining Employment Skills) is an intensive and easy to use evidenced-based curriculum designed to teach students social and executive functioning skills to acquire and keep a job.  The W.A.G.E.S. features 33 lessons that are built on the precepts of Locus of Control, Teamwork, Communication, and Problem Solving.  This session will feature an overview of the W.A.G.E.S. curriculum and a discussion on how it has been implemented in school districts and Camp Lead.  The presenters will give an in depth overview of several lessons and discuss how these lessons relate to Pre-ETS.  The presenters will also discuss how the learned skills can be generalized to the work setting and staff can implement technology to enhance the lessons. 

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1:15pm

Paths 2 the Future Project

Presenters: Marisa Kofke, Jessica Downing, Michelle Prudden
Hellman
In this session students and staff of Brookings-Harbor High School's Youth Transition Program will discuss the Paths 2 the Future project. This all girls class creates a unique environment for female students with and without disabilities to grasp a basic understanding of self-awareness, disability awareness, gender-specific information, and college/employment options. Students will be the primary presenters in this session and will be available for a follow-up question and answer session.  
1:15pm

Jackson and Josephine Counties Collaboration Success

Presenters: Cynthia Cameron, Jen Perry
Williams
This presentation will highlight innovative partnerships and how they have afforded local students a variety of employment opportunities during their transition years.  Partners include Vocational Rehabilitation, YTP, school Transition programs, local non-profits, WIOA youth service providers, and local businesses.  Learn how paid work experience was provided throughout Jackson and Josephine Counties.

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1:15pm

Project SEARCH: Training that Leads to High Quality Jobs and Careers

Presenters: Paula Johnson
Boardroom
Project SEARCH is a training program for young adults with disabilities. Established at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, it has grown to 500+ programs in 46 states and nine countries. It is recognized for its innovative approach to providing training through collaborative efforts between business, education, supported employment agencies, and state agencies. 
1:15pm

Fidelity Wraparound for transition aged youth

Presenters: Natalie Jacobs, Jean Lasater
Wilder
Wraparound is an individualized care planning process, a fidelity model that benefits youth with complex needs involved in multiple systems. Youth can enter Wraparound prior to their 18th birthday and remain enrolled until they graduate.

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