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DCDT Virtual Transition in Practice Symposium

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DCDT is offering a multi-session in depth workshops to assist with implementing evidence-based practices. Registration includes 5 workshops on transition assessment, improving emloyment outcomes, improving postsecondary education outcomes, improving independent living/community participation outcomes and interagency collaboration. All sessions are live and interactive but will also be available for you to view on-demand 24 hours after the session. All recordings and workshop handouts are available to all registrants. You can attend the sessions live or view the sessions all for the low DCDT member registration fee of $55.

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May 18, 2023
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM ET

This workshop will provide participants with a comprehensive overview of promising practices for transition service provision in the area of employment. Participants will explore evidence-based employment practices that are effective in helping youth with disabilities successfully transition into the workforce.

Participants will learn about the importance of early career exploration and the development of career goals, as well as the use of person-centered planning, and self-determination to empower youth with disabilities to achieve their employment goals.

Throughout the 2- hour workshop, participants will engage in interactive activities, case studies, and group discussions to deepen their understanding of promising practices for transition service provision in employment. They will also have the opportunity to network and collaborate with other professionals in the field to share best practices and strategies.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the importance of evidence-based practices in transition to improve employment outcomes of all youth.
  • Identify promising practices for career exploration, job skill development, and job retention for youth with disabilities.
  • Explore strategies for building partnerships with employers.
  • Engage in interactive activities and group discussions to deepen understanding and enhance learning.
  • Collaborate with other professionals in the field to share best practices and strategies.
Al Daviso


May 23, 2023
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM ET

Achieving Post-Secondary Education Goals: Evidence-Based Practices for Transition Educators

Welcome to our two-hour interactive workshop on improving interagency collaboration in transition planning.

During this workshop, we will focus on several promising factors that can help improve interagency collaboration.

One of the key practices we will explore is community mapping as a tool for identifying and connecting with local resources that can support transition planning. Community mapping is a process of identifying the resources, services, and supports that are available in a particular community, and developing strategies for accessing and utilizing those resources effectively.

Janet Barakat
Suzanne Kucharczyk


May 24, 2023
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM ET

Achieving Post-Secondary Independent Living Goals: Evidence-Based Practices for Transition Program S

This two-hour interactive workshop is designed to provide educators in schools with evidence-based practices for delivering transition services that promote post-secondary education success. Participants will be introduced to promising strategies that can help students achieve their post-secondary education goals, as listed on DCDT Partenrs; NTACT:C, the Zarrow Institute, and ThinkCollege. Through discussions, case studies, and group activities, participants will learn how to incorporate these factors into their transition education to better support students with disabilities in their pursuit of post-secondary education.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the promising factors for post-secondary education success.
  • Learn how to use evidence-based practices to develop and deliver transition services that support post-secondary education goals.
  • Identify potential barriers to post-secondary education and explore strategies to overcome them
  • Collaborate with other transition educators to develop action plans for implementing evidence-based practices in their own schools
Malarie Deardorff
Tracy Sinclair


May 25, 2023
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM ET

Transition Assessment: It’s a Process

This interactive workshop is designed for transition specialists and educators who work directly with students with disabilities. The workshop will focus on evidence-based practices in community participation and how they can be used to deliver effective transition program services to help students achieve their post-secondary independent living goals.

The workshop will begin with a brief introduction to the importance of community participation in the transition process and its impact on achieving independent living goals. The participants will then engage in a series of hands-on activities to explore evidence-based practices related to community participation, including identifying and accessing community resources, building social networks, developing self-advocacy skills, and promoting inclusive attitudes in the community.

Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their current practices and share their experiences with each other. They will also be provided with resources, tools, and strategies to implement evidence-based practices in their transition programs.

By the end of the workshop, participants will have a better understanding of evidence-based practices related to community participation and how they can be used to deliver effective transition program services. They will leave with practical ideas and tools to enhance their current practices and better support their students in achieving their post-secondary independent living goals.

Tara Rowe


May 30, 2023
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM ET

This presentation will provide an overview of the process of evaluating and planning for a student's transition from school to post-school life. The presentation will begin with an explanation of what transition assessment is and why it is important, particularly for students with disabilities. The various components of transition assessment will be described, including evaluating a student's strengths, interests, and preferences; identifying potential barriers to post-school success; and determining what types of supports and services the student may need to succeed in their chosen post-school path. The presentation will cover (a) different types of assessments that may be used as part of the transition assessment process, such as vocational assessments, interest inventories, and functional assessments (b) how these assessments are conducted and what information they can provide; and (c) how to use the information from transition assessments to drive the IEP process.

Dawn Rowe


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