What’s After High School Parent Education Video Series
In April 2013, the Let’s Get to Work project sites hosted a 3 part series for parents and educators. The presentations from this series were recorded and edited to create this series of learning modules. With each video session you will find downloadable workbook materials, additional resources, and a question and answer document from the questions submitted to presenters during the original training. The training was evaluated and found to elevate family, teacher, and provider expectations about the ability of youth with significant disabilities to work in integrated jobs.
Session 1: What’s After High School?
Session 1 provided a broad overview of the transition process from school to adult life. This session focused on important issues to consider and key resources to use during transition. This session was presented by Liz Hecht, Co-Director of Family Voices of Wisconsin. Liz has a son with Cerebral Palsy and has been at the forefront of several efforts to develop programs that meet the needs of Wisconsin families. She is also the Chair of the Wisconsin Council for Children with Long Term Support Needs. Liz can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Part 1 – Getting Started with Transition (7:21)
Part 2 – Legal and Procedural (13:36)
Part 3 – Public Benefits (12:41)
Part 4 – Health (10:05)
Part 5 – School (14:07)
Part 6 – Community Living (25:30)
Session 2: Using Person Centered Planning to Organize Transition
This session walked parents and educators through three useful “conversations” (e.g. person centered planning tools). These tools are the building blocks for understanding the person, establishing a vision for the future and using the assets of community to help the person achieve their goals. This session was presented by Cindy Kernan. Cindy is a recognized trainer in a range of inclusive planning and everyday practices designed to help people gain or maintain positive control over lives they have chosen for themselves. She is an active member of The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices (TLCPCP), a global learning community that shares knowledge about our work to support people to get the lives they desire. Cindy lives in Wisconsin and is a member of the Wisconsin Microboard Association. She can be reached via e-mail at Ckernan@charter.net.
Part 1 – Introduction to Person Centered Planning (4:11)
Part 2 – Asset Mapping (8:26)
Part 3 – Building Positive Futures (22:38)
Part 4 – Pulling it All Together (12:30)
Session 3: Integrated Employment and Transition
This session focused on important considerations related to career exploration and employment planning for students, parents, and educators. Strategies and resources to address common barriers to employment are discussed. The Department of Public Instruction (DPI), the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and the Department of Health Services (DHS) provided information about their respective roles with students and parents in transition. This session was presented by Shannon Huff, Let’s Get to Work project coach, Wendi Dawson, Transition Consultant for DPI, Meredith Dressel, Assistant Director of Consumer Services for DVR, Jessica Thompson Children’s Long Term Support DHS, and Sarah Lincoln, Employment Initiatives Section DHS, and Nancy Molfenter, Let’s Get to Work project coach. All of the presenters can be contacted for questions. Presenter Contact Information
Part 2 – Truths About Employment (14:25)
Part 3 – Barriers to Employment Part 1 (Inexperience and Uncertain Goals) (16:06)
Part 4 – Barriers to Employment Part 2 (No Available Jobs, Fear of Losing Benefits, Transportation, Supports for Employment, Post-Secondary Education) (16:47)
Part 5 – Department of Public Instruction (20:49)
Part 6 – Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (16:32)
Part 7 – Department of Health Services (11:38)
Part 8 – The 5 C’s of Evidence Based Transition (3:57)
- A Parent’s Guide to the Postsecondary Transition Plan (PTP)
- After today, I will
- Five C’s of Transition
Participants completed the pre-evaluation form on the first night before the training began. Participants then completed the post-evaluation on the last night after they had participated in all of the trainings. Analysis of this data showed that this training doubled the number of parents who believed their child can work in the community.