Now that we have identified many of the transition stakeholders in your community, you may be wondering how these transition stakeholders are brought together. Let's look more closely at implementation...
How is interagency collaboration implemented?
The two collaborative teams we will focus on are community transition councils and individual student teams. Let's start by looking at community transition councils.
Community Transition Council
Many school corporations participate in and/or facilitate community transition councils. Membership represents all area stakeholders including students/graduates with disabilities, family members, advocates, educators, VRS counselors, adult agency representatives, disability services coordinators from local colleges or universities, and case managers.
While each council will have its own mission, common focus topics include:
- referral procedures to adult agencies,
- organizing transition fairs,
- identifying available transition services and
- creating student/parent resource information (including fact sheets, resource guides, websites, etc.)
The video below is from the Bartholomew County Transition Council which hosts a transition event each fall. Structured as a mini-conference, students attend concurrent sessions on topics related to transition, visit vendor booths, and attend a motivational keynote. A parent session is also offered on topics of interest (e.g. post-secondary disability services, guardianship or Vocational Rehabilitation Services).
Another example of a community transition council is the Monroe County Transition Council that develops and distributes a newsletter each quarter focused on one area of transition - employment, housing, education or recreation. These newsletters are distributed to parents, students and educators.
Want to learn more?
Ask your special education department chair, supervisor, or transition coordinator if there is a community transition council in your area. Attending a meeting would be a great way to meet many adult providers and learn more about the local council's activities.
View this informative Powerpoint presentation entitled: Keeping Transition on Track Using Local Transition Councils.
Read this attachment, Team Facilitation Tips, for some basic guidelines for establishing a team and conducting a team meeting.
Read this document to learn about the stages of team development and complete the activity to identify the present stage of your collaborative team.