Welcome to VA DCDT 2013 - 2014!

Please join VADCDT, CTE-SND, and VECAP this summer in Hampton at our one day professional development event.  Sponsorships are available.  Please review the attached flyer for more information.  This event is limited to the first 150 participants.  Remember to register early!
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Virginia Department of Education Announces New Transition Center for Students with Disabilities
Center Established through Collaboration with Virginia Commonwealth University
http://centerontransition.org/about/index.html

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) today announced the establishment of the Center on Transition Innovations (CTI). The new center is a collaborative venture of VDOE and the VCU School of Education’s Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC). It will serve as a statewide resource to support school divisions, service providers, students with disabilities and their families as they work together to facilitate successful transitions for students with disabilities after they leave school.

CTI, which was funded through a $2 million VDOE special education and student services start-up grant, will assist stakeholders in identifying career goals, encouraging skill building so individuals can live as independently as possible in their communities and increasing inclusive postsecondary competitive employment, education, and training opportunities.

“The Center on Transition Innovations will build upon the success of existing programs for transition-age students,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright. “Its success will be measured in the independence and sense of fulfillment students with disabilities achieve after graduating from high school.”

Named to lead CTI are Paul Wehman as principal investigator and Elizabeth Getzel as director. Both are employed by VCU and will work with VDOE and other state agencies.

“Youth with disabilities are an incredible source of potential labor for businesses in the commonwealth, many with greatly untapped potential,” said Wehman, who directs the RRTC.  “With the new Center on Transition Innovations, we will be working closely with school districts, vocational rehabilitation, higher education and businesses to develop innovative ways to include these young people in the labor force.”

Through its website, CTI will provide information on available resources including online courses, webcasts, videos, newsletters, fact sheets and topical papers. CTI will also be involved in transition-related research and transition program development.

IDEA Partnership - Youth Webinars
Click Youth Webinar for more information

The IDEA Partnership’s National Community of Practice (CoP) on Transition is sponsoring the second webinars on Youth Role in Transition Planning for professionals in the field. Through the personal stories and insights of youth from Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Hampshire, Michigan, Virginia, and Washington, DC webinar participants will learn about:

The youth experience and role in transition
The power of authentic youth engagement, self-determination and leadership in transition
Ideas for how to best support youth in the transition process
Please check out the sharedwork website for the recorded webinar from March 25, 2014.

Visit the sharedwork site for the recording from the first webinar and follow the wiki page for more information about this work.

For contact information about a Transition Council in your area, please click on link below.
Virginia Transition Councils

For information about the structure of Virginia Transition Councils, please click here.


Message from our President, Lisa Holland:

Welcome to the Virginia chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division on Career Development and Transition website (VA DCDT). Our organization is comprised of professionals, parents and students interested in improving the lives and adult outcomes for people with disabilities. Please browse our site and contact us with any questions you may have. If you are not already a member, consider joining our organization by emailing our Membership Chair: Kim Bledsoe: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Our goals for 2013 - 2014 include the following:

1. Increase subdivision membership by 10%
2. Promote/sponsor multiple professional development activities
3. Increase participation of representatives from multiple stakeholders
4. Explore ways to increase revenue to support VA DCDT projects


I would also like to take this opportunity to introduce the VA DCDT Executive Board for 2013 - 2014:

Past President
Marianne Moore
Middle/Secondary Transition Specialist
Virginia Department of Education


President
Lisa Holland
Transition Training Associate
Virginia Commonwealth University
Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC)
Center for Transition Innovations

 

Vice-President
Patricia Aldridge
Associate Professor
Virginia State University


Treasurer
Renee Bullano
Director of Research and Demonstration
Virginia Commonwealth University
Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC)
Center for Transition Innovations


Secretary
Wanda Bass
Program Specialist
Virginia Department of Education T/TAC, VCU


Publicity
Vacant


      Legislative Lead
      Mary Young, Transition Consulting Teacher
      Loudoun County Public Schools

      Newsletter Lead
      Diane Loomis, Transition Coordinator
      Virginia Department of Education T/TAC, George Mason University

      Web Lead
      Joan Lovegren-O’Brien, Program Specialist
      Virginia Department of Education T/TAC, VCU


Membership
Kim Bledsoe
Transition Resource Teacher
Culpeper County Public Schools


Program
Sue Britt
Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center


Scholarship
Judy Averill


Doniella Kissinger
Ad hoc Student Representative
Longwood University


Kari LaBell
Ad hoc VACTE - SND
Douglass Support Facility

Upcoming Events
Apr 23 - Apr 30
Transition Practitioners Council (TPC) Meetings

Apr 24 - Jul 8
2014 Summer Conference

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