Every school district in Ulster County has a Transition Program.
The University of Buffalo’s Center for Rehabilitation Synergy, under the guidance of the Graduate School of Education, provided individualized training and technical assistance to Ulster BOCES, Kingston & Highland Schools in Ulster County to develop Model Transition programs a few years ago. These programs have evolved into integrated district-wide transition programs.
Contact Diane Vigrass, Associate Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on their transition initiative.
What is a Transition Program?
The goal is to assist students with the transition to successful community living. Transition services are available to all students with IEP’s and 504 plans. This program helps ease the transition from high school to post-high school settings by assisting students to find and keep jobs within their community, utilize available community resources, and/or plan for post secondary educational success.
What services might a Transition Program provide?
¨ College Visit and Completion of Application ¨ Summer Work Opportunities ¨ Letters of Recommendation ¨ Career Cruising ¨ Career Planning ¨ Job Shadowing ¨ Resume Writing ¨ Mock Interviewing ¨ Soft Skill Training ¨ Field Trip: One Stop ¨ Career Exploration ¨ Student Evaluation ¨ Resource Manual ¨ Career Portfolio ¨ School to Work ¨ ACESS-VR Referral
How is ACCES-VR incorpoated into Transition Programs?
ACCES-VR (Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation) is an adult service in the NYS Ed Dept that can assist high school students with disabilities to prepare for adult life. The Hudson Valley Office of ACCES-VR typically accepts referrals in the student's last years of high school. This allows the Transition Team to work with students and collaborate with ACCES-VR to arrange for additional training, education, or placement services still needed beyond school to achieve each student’s job goal.
Transition Planning . . .
Should begin in high school and continue until the student graduates or reaches age 21.
¨ Prepares students for life after high school.
¨ Helps students decide what skills they need to develop to live and work in their community after high school.
¨ Helps students and families make connections with education and training programs, colleges, agencies, and support services for after high school to continue working toward goals.
¨ Helps students and the entire IEP team learn about student interests, what works and doesn’t work in their lifestyle, their skills and talents, and who can help in achieving specific student goals.