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Happy Summer Vacation

Tuesday’s Transition Tips is floating in a relaxing pool, with a tall lemonade, a page-turning novel, and lots of time to kill. Okay, maybe not. But you definitely should!

While you’re taking your well-deserved summer vacay, we’ll get to work on some new resources and updated materials. Vocational Rehabilitation is helping us with some new information fact sheets, we have several Transition IEP trainings we’re hoping to overhaul, and we want to redo our diploma decision guides.

Meanwhile, we’ve archived presentations from this year’s Cadre Leaders’ Capacity Building Institute, “Digging Deeper” on the training page of the INSTRC website. Find information on mental health, transition in rural and urban areas, Pre-ETS, and more. The INSTRC training page is at https://instrc.indiana.edu/training/index.html  

Tips will begin again in September, but until then and as always, find the help you need on the Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center (INSTRC) website, and look through previous tips by clicking the "View all tips" button, below.

Rest, relax, have fun, and we’ll expect a full “What I Did on my Summer Vacation” report in the fall!

Indiana Transition Resources

As we wind down the school year, we know you are already thinking about 2018-19. Don’t forget to access the many available resources offered across the state to support the professionals who, in turn, support our transition-aged students.

  • https://www.doe.in.gov/student-services/student-assistance/coc  This site is the IDOE’s Certificate of Completion Resource site.  Please remember that the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are updated on a regular basis.  Have a question?  Check there first to see if it has already been addressed. It is a wonderful living document.
  • http://www.projectsuccessindiana.com/index.php  Project Success continues to provide resources on their website that address Content Connectors and high expectations for students with disabilities. They have several summer trainings that would be well worth your time.
  • https://www.indianaieprc.org/index.php  The Indiana IEP Resource Center has resources to support teachers not only with the IIEP System, but with professional learning in the areas of goal writing, LRE, and more.
  • Last but not least…keep your eyes out for some great fall resources from those of us here at Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center:   https://instrc.indiana.edu/  Look for more information on upcoming supports from INSTRC in next week’s TT.

 Have an Authentic Assessment you would like to share? If so, please submit it with this form to Joni Schmalzried at jeschmal@indiana.edu. You will not only receive recognition for your work, but will be providing support for your colleagues around the state. 

Innovative Self-Advocacy Through Deafverse

The National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes has a new online, interactive game to help students develop self-advocacy skills. In “Deafverse,” students who are deaf or hard of hearing can test out their responses to a variety of situations, conflicts, and challenges in “parallel universe” environments. In “Duel of the Bots,” for example, they’ll problem solve and make decisions about situations involving missing interpreters, broken CapTel devices, and bullies. The game is available in both English and ASL.

Find out more information, watch the trailer, and play Deafverse here: https://www.nationaldeafcenter.org/game  

Capturing Big Picture Transition Services and Activities for Individual Students

A number of events and programs occurring in our schools can be good transition activities for your students. The key to capitalizing on these larger, group activities for a particular student is to understand 1) the individual needs of that student and 2) how the activity can help the student move toward his/her goal. If you’re finding it challenging, documenting and describing these large, group events as individual activities, this tip is for you.  

This short presentation we’ve recorded on YouTube walks you through the best practice process of moving from thinking about the “big picture” event to focusing on what each student needs and will gain from participating in a larger scale opportunity. Take a look and see how it might apply to your students or your school. https://youtu.be/0Q5GsTEdnIk

DON’T FORGET: When you are writing a transition service and activity, think about whether or not there will be an outcome that you can capture and use as part of next year’s age-appropriate transition assessment. That’s what brings the authentic experience full circle for students and helps them continue to make informed decisions about their future.

Planning for Health Care Transition

In addition to transition planning for employment and postsecondary education, students with disabilities and their families often need to plan for their future health care. The Center for Youth and Adults with Chronic Conditions (CYACC) is a state-funded clinic that helps Indiana youth, ages 11 to 22 with chronic health conditions, as they transition from pediatric to adult health care.

During an initial on-site evaluation, a CYACC team, which includes a social worker, a nurse and a doctor, works with families and students to look at strengths, current services, and future goals and needs. The team then follows up with recommendations to the family and an individualized transition plan to help families connect with appropriate resources and providers in their area. Individuals and families can self-refer, or a doctor can refer them to CYACC. Services are billed through insurance.

Topics discussed during a CYACC evaluation can include:

  • Independent living
  • Healthcare financing
  • Medical home/primary and subspecialty care
  • Health habits
  • Self-management
  • Mental health
  • Decision making
  • Education/employment
  • Family/caregiver support
  • Socialization
  • Transportation

Located on the fourth floor of the Sandra Eskenazi Outpatient Care Center in Indianapolis, CYACC is designed to guide young people with special health care needs toward a successful adult life.

For more information about CYACC and their services: https://www.rileychildrens.org/departments/center-for-youth-adults-with-conditions-of-childhood 

Postsecondary Ed Resources

Students with disabilities planning to attend college or a university must weigh a number of factors to find the right program and supports. Beyond finances, there’s housing, transportation, academic and peer tutoring, work experiences, career planning and internships, physical accessibility, and course design.

To help you help your students with their postsecondary exploration we’ve added a page in the Resource Collections section of the INSTRC website. “Postsecondary Education” offers links to articles about apps for college students, Is College for You? in English and Spanish, charts depicting the differences between college and high school, information for college students who are deaf-blind, and more. Take a look at INSTRC’s new collected “Postsecondary Education” resource page.

The page also includes a direct link to the Center on Community Living and Careers’ webpage listing the Indiana transition and postsecondary programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, also known as the TPSID programs. You can navigate to the page from the INSTRC Resource Collections page, or visit now at:  https://www.iidc.indiana.edu/pages/postsecondary-education   

And one last resource. Need authentic assessments for students with a postsecondary education goal? On the INSTRC Transition Matrix you’ll find both the “College Planning Worksheet” and an “On-Campus Visit Reflection” page, where students can document what they discovered after a campus tour.

Pre-ETS Information for Teachers, Continued

Two weeks ago, we sent you Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) information from Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services. The new fact sheet clarifies how VR’s order of selection impacts students who may be receiving Pre-ETS.

With today’s tip, we’re adding a flowchart to the VR fact sheet to help you understand student eligibility for Pre-ETS.

We’ve posted both the “Pre-Employment Transition Services & Order of Selection” fact sheet and the new Pre-ETS flowchart on the INSTRC website. Just search for “Pre-ETS” in the resource search bar.

 

Pre-ETS and Order of Selection Information for Teachers

Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services has a new information document for teachers. The new fact sheet, "Pre-Employment Transition Services and Order of Selection":

  • lists the activities for Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) mandated through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA 2014);
  • provides you with a link to determine if Pre-ETS is available within your region or school system;
  • defines VR’s order of selection; and
  • clarifies how order of selection impacts some students receiving Pre-ETS.

We’ll post the fact sheet on the INSTRC website. Just search for “Pre-ETS” in the resource search bar.

Coming soon: A flowchart, illustrating the Pre-ETS eligibility process.

Mental Health in Transition

For some students, mental health issues may become more frequent or pronounced during the transition to adulthood years. Lori Desautels, Ph.D. has written extensively on the effects that both the brain and mental health have on learning. Her blog post, "The Adolescent Brain, Leaving Childhood Behind," lists seven guidelines for secondary educators that support emotional and mental health as students transition to adulthood.


  • Model the behaviors we want to see.
  • Tap into the strengths, passions, and expertise of all students.
  • Give students choices and input into developing rules and guidelines.
  • Provide safe and fair boundaries.
  • Teach students about the brain and how it develops during adolescence.
  • Teach them how to calm their stress response system with focused attention and brain breaks involving movement.
  • Show your interest in their lives by learning the traits, norms, and interests of students—music, favorite tech, clothing, goals, etc.

In her post, Desautels expounds on these guidelines and includes links to activities, strategies, and more information. 

More Mental Health Resources

'Oh, the Places You'll Go!'

Accessible transportation provides people with disabilities the ability to experience increased vocational, social, and community opportunities. Understanding various forms of public transportation is crucial to helping students have a full range of choices in different areas of their life.

The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) is a great resource for transportation information, with links to trainings, webinars, publications, and even grants and other sources of funding.

Connect2Help 211 provides a list of transportation services for people with disabilities in each county in Indiana.

 And now we can add rideshares, like Uber and Lyft, to the list of transportation options for students and families. The following links provide information and support about rideshare programs for people with disabilities.