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Tuesday, November 6
 

10:15am

Vison to implementation on Building a Student Outcomes focused high school transition program

Schools are required to provide transition programs focusing on college, career, and civic life readiness for all students. This presentation will guide school staff in the identification of existing supports and structures, as well as next steps to consider when establishing an effective individualized transition program.

Presenters
avatar for Moises Buhain

Moises Buhain

Regional Program Specialist, EDCOE SELPA/CHARTER SELPA



Tuesday November 6, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
Newport (downstairs)

10:15am

Island Flowers

Islands Flowers empowers students at the adult transition level with the behavioral choices, interpersonal communication skills and variety of work-based experiences that lead to gainful employment and a regular paycheck. Program participation will enable students to acquire skills necessary to successfully apply for a job, demonstrate employable behaviors, and remain employed.

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Annie Wong

SPED Teacher, OUHSD



Tuesday November 6, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
Grand J & K

10:15am

Staying Safe at Work
Health and safety training is essential for developing skills that all workers need. This workshop will demonstrate training activities that teach these skills in manner that workers with intellectual disabilities can understand. It will also present ideas for how this training can enhance employability and preparation for competitive employment.

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Tuesday November 6, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
Marquis NE

10:15am

Addressing the Needs of High Functioning Autism is Transition and Pre-Employment
High-functioning autism often means uneven skills in the client: high intellect with lower functional skills, which brings challenges to educational and vocational models in place. Learn how to embed new pre-employment and transition solutions in existing programs to meet these emerging needs – or create new programming for these students.

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Tuesday November 6, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
La Jolla (downstairs)

10:15am

Family Guideposts: It takes a Family for Successful Youth Transition

Any one family, school, or program cannot meet the diverse needs of youth. The Family Guideposts helps families navigate the complication world of transition. This session highlights what families can do and need to know to provide students' transition into adulthood.

Presenters
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Jessica Queener

Senior Program Associate, Institute for Educational Leadership


Tuesday November 6, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
Grand C & D

10:15am

Finding Inclusive College - Stumbling into continuums of inclusion

After high school, students with intellectual disabilities often “fall off of a cliff” into isolation and marginalization. Here’s one family’s journey of avoiding the cliff, finding a path toward living an inclusive adult life and stumbling into Continuums of Inclusion via an inclusive post-secondary program.

Presenters
avatar for Beth Foraker

Beth Foraker

Founder and Director, The National Catholic Board on Full Inclusion
Beth Foraker is a mom to four children: Jack, 25, Mary Kate, 23, Patrick, 19 and Caroline, 12. Her third child, Patrick, has Down Syndrome.Beth works for UC Davis in the School of Education with beginning teachers in their Multiple Subject Credential/Masters Program.She is the Founder... Read More →



Tuesday November 6, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
Orange 1 & 2

10:15am

Rethinking Conservatorship During Transition

“During transition, conservatorship is a common consideration for many families with loved ones who have developmental disabilities. This presentation will look at the legal intent of conservatorship, the potential consequences of conserving people who have decision-making capacity and less restrictive options that should be considered prior to considering conservatorship.”

Presenters
avatar for Steve Ruder

Steve Ruder

Community Health Supervisor, MIND Institute
For the majority of his career, Steve Ruder worked as a direct support staff, serving people with disabilities and their families. Steve came to the UC Davis MIND Institute as a job coach in 2011 and then began working with the Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CEDD... Read More →



Tuesday November 6, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
Grand G

10:15am

Innovative Self Advocacy at School & Work

Learn a new take home comprehensive training exercise that helps students in transition identify strength from living with their disability. This interactive exercise engages students in transition of various intellectual levels to learn self-advocacy skills with both a supportive and independent approach for successful participation in school and work.

Presenters
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Milt Wright

President, Milt Wright & Associates


Tuesday November 6, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
Marquis NW

10:15am

Learn What’s New with Career Zone

For over a decade, educators statewide have turned to the California CareerZone at www.cacareerzone.org to help support career and college readiness and drive students' career literacy skills. Discover how the CareerZone can be used to help your students assess their career related interests, identify occupational options, and develop transition plans.

Presenters
avatar for John Merris-Coots

John Merris-Coots

Coordinator of the California Career Resource Network (CalCRN), California Department of Education (CDE)
John Merris-Coots is the coordinator of the California Career Resource Network (CalCRN) program at the California Department of Education (CDE). He has been an Education Programs Consultant at the CDE and supported the development of CDE’s career development resources since 1998... Read More →



Tuesday November 6, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
Orange 3

10:15am

Supporting Inclusive Higher Education for Individuals with IDD
Students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (including autism) are attending colleges to pursue academic and workforce development goals. Recent policies will require increased coordination between K-12 schools, colleges, and service agencies for these students to be successful. Attendees will learn how two programs collaborate with partners to advance goal attainment.

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Tuesday November 6, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
Grand H

10:15am

iFoster Jobs Program

Foster youth have the worst employment outcomes of any California population. The iFoster Jobs Program successfully addresses this issue through an innovative public / private partnership between iFoster, child welfare, non-profits, and employer partners that trains, supports and employs youth aging out of the foster care system.

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Tuesday November 6, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
Orange 4

10:15am

Youth Leaders: See It, Be It, Bring it to Others

Presenters
avatar for Chris Coulston

Chris Coulston

Chris Coulston (@irishchris2014) is a Project SEARCH ™ graduate and now an employee at Christiana Care Health Systems and a part-time student at Delaware Technical Community College. He has keynoted at the 2016 and 2015 California Transition Alliance conference 2017 South Carolina... Read More →


Tuesday November 6, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
Grand A & B

2:45pm

New Mini Lessons for Executive Functioning

You can see that your students/clients need support in executive function development, but where do you start? Join us in exploring how to develop effective, efficient mini lessons to give students the tools they need for school, employment, and satisfying relationships

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Tuesday November 6, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Newport (downstairs)

2:45pm

When Support Improves, Outcomes will Increase

Have you ever considered what would happen if an adult rehabilitation center combined special education transition-to-work best practices with 25 years of successful adult supports? Join us to learn how this innovative blending of practices will provide a positive pathway to employment for individuals in Los Angeles.

Presenters
avatar for Reena Fish

Reena Fish

Project LIFE Replication Coordinator, Butler Tech
Reena Fish, M. Ed., is the Project LIFE National Replication Coordinator for Butler Technology and Career Development Schools in SW Ohio. www.butlertech.org/transitionReena is an experienced special education administrator and transition specialist skilled in providing custom training to promote the development of quality, research based transition to adulthood programs that include staff training and ongoing consultation to Project LIFE repli... Read More →
avatar for Lara Okunubi

Lara Okunubi

Executive Director, Ideal Program Services
Lara Okunubi became the Executive Director of Ideal Program Services in 2007 after the transition to glory of her late husband, Bayo Okunubi. Lara stepped in unprepared but with unquenchable passion and renewed determination to continue a legacy, she assumed the leadership role to... Read More →



Tuesday November 6, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
La Jolla (downstairs)

2:45pm

Beyond the 4 F’s - A practical Film Workshop prepares people with disabilities in the Film and Media Industry

The United States lags behind in employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, with unemployment well over 75%. Historically, employment opportunities have been limited to the 4 F’s (food, filth, folding & flowers). This presentation explores a fifth “F”; Film, and the opportunities created from this training program

Presenters
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Will Sanford

Executive Director, Futures Explored
avatar for Hester Wagner

Hester Wagner

Program Director, Futures Explored
Hester Wagner is a Bay Area filmmaker and director/producer for Futures Films Production Company; located in Livermore. Since 2013, she has been running the Livermore Practical Film and Media Workshop, a vocational film making program for adults with developmental disabilities. The... Read More →


Tuesday November 6, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Grand G

2:45pm

It’s Not Soap - A Work-based Learning Project

Sometimes, all it takes is a crazy idea and three students to create greatness. The Location Bar Project has become a student run project that develops employment skills to prepare students for future competitive integrated employment. Come learn from our experience in providing opportunities for students to practice their skills as well as build lasting relationships in the community.

Presenters
avatar for Danielle Harvey

Danielle Harvey

Special Day Class/Transition Teacher, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District
Danielle Harvey is a Special Day Class/Transition Teacher with the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. After graduating with her degree in Liberal Studies from San Francisco State University, Danielle joined the Peace Corps. While serving in Kenya as a teacher for the Deaf, Vocational... Read More →



Tuesday November 6, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Orange 4

2:45pm

The Competitive Integrated Employment Blueprint - Practically Speaking
This presentation unpacks the Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) Blueprint, clarifies what implementation means in practice, and addresses the potential impact that collaboration between the Local Educational Agency/WorkAbility I projects, Regional Center, and Department of Rehabilitation District Office can have.

Presenters
avatar for Barbara Boyd

Barbara Boyd

Education Programs Consultant, California Department of Education
Barbara Boyd is an Education Programs Consultant in the Special Education Division at the California Department of Education. Barbara’s primary focus is secondary transition. This focus involves being a council member of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities and a member... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Popjevalo

Jessica Popjevalo

Manager of the CaPROMISE (California Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income), California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR)
 is the Manager of the CaPROMISE (California Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income) unit for the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR). DOR works in partnership with consumers and other stakeholders to provide services and advocacy resulting in... Read More →
avatar for Nick Wavrin

Nick Wavrin

Education Programs Consultant, California Department of Education
Nick Wavrin is an Education Programs Consultant for the Special Education Division of the California Department of Education. He has served in his career as both a teacher and administrator and has 13 years of experience in public, private, and international schools.



Tuesday November 6, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Grand C & D

2:45pm

Workforce Panel

This session will include a panel comprised of Employers,Workforce Development Board  Partners, Community Colleges, and Career Pathways.  We will be discussing the resources for all youth, including students with disabilities and how they can access them as they transition out of school into employment and higher education. 

Presenters
avatar for Anna Bell Holeman

Anna Bell Holeman

Vocational Specialist, Solano COE


Tuesday November 6, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Marquis NE

2:45pm

Forging Collaborative Partnerships to Improve Employment Outcomes for Students with Disabilities 18-22

To increase employment outcomes, regardless of disability, The San Diego Regional Center, San Dieguito Union High School District, and Ramona High School District have created individualized partnership agreements to provide paid internship funding to students aged 18-22 while still in school.

Presenters
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John Filley

Employment Services Coordinator, San Diego Regional Center


Tuesday November 6, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Grand J & K

2:45pm

Working Better Together

This panel presentation will highlight how LEA’s can collaborate and build relationships with community partners and how this allows the LEA’s to maximize our resources to provide programming that works for students. Local Education Agencies describe how they have built relationships with community partners, Department of Rehabilitation, Regional Centers, America’s Job Centers, Adult Schools, Community Colleges, Family resource centers, Independent Living Centers, Project SEARCH, other support agencies, school staff, families and local businesses.

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Bianchi

Jennifer Bianchi

Education Administrator, California Department of Education
avatar for Chris Leroy

Chris Leroy

Transition Services Manager, San Bernardino City USD
Chris LeRoy is in his 46th year in education. He has been classroom special educator, a program specialist and adjunct facility for California State University, and currently at the University of Redlands. For San Bernardino City USD, Chris supervises the Transition Services Program... Read More →
avatar for Joyce Montgomery

Joyce Montgomery

Transition Program Supervisor, Vallejo City Unified School District
Joyce Montgomery, MA Ed, is currently the Region 1 Manager for CaPROMISE and Ca Career Innovations which includes over 15 Local Education Agencies. She is also WorkAbility Co-Region 3 Manager for 75 Local Education Agencies. She is employed with Vallejo City Unified School District... Read More →
avatar for Kathi Mowers-Moore

Kathi Mowers-Moore

Deputy Director of Vocational Rehabilitation Policy & Resource Development (VRPRD), Department of Rehabilitation
Kathi Mowers-Moore, Deputy Director of Vocational Rehabilitation Policy & Resource Development (VRPRD), has served the public vocational rehabilitation program for more than thirty years throughout the state and in positions of increased leadership. Kathi holds a Bachelor of Arts... Read More →



Tuesday November 6, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Marquis NW

2:45pm

Connecting Students to Supports for Success Beyond the Academics

As more traditionally under-represented students enter into the college setting, data shows that supports to address educational needs is not enough and that additional consideration is needed to address the specific practical, social-emotional and financial needs of this group. This presentation will include a review of programs available across the state and strategies school staff can employ to link transitioning students to the supports they require.

Presenters
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Wendi Aghili

Executive Director, Special Education/SELPA, Mt. Diablo Unified School District


Tuesday November 6, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Grand H

2:45pm

DOR Learn to Earn

College is a wonderful option for many students graduating from high school, but it isn’t the only option. Many well-paying jobs are available that do not require two or four-year degrees, through apprenticeships and other on-the-job training options. The panel will work to dispel the myth that youth with disabilities that are not interested or not ready for college have to be relegated to low-skilled, minimum-wage jobs. Apprenticeships offer valuable paid on the job training and an opportunity to earn good wages plus benefits, and in addition to the traditional building trades are expanding into IT, health care, manufacturing, civil service and other fields.

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Andrew Lee, MPA

Senior Apprenticeship Consultant, California Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS)
Andrew is the Senior Consultant with the Business Engagement Team (BET). Andrew’s expertise is marketing apprenticeship and On-the-Job (OJT)/Trainee programs to employers throughout the state. The BET Unit was formed to market the earn and learn training models such as Apprenticeship... Read More →



Tuesday November 6, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Orange 3

2:45pm

Youth Leaders: See It, Be It, Bring it to Others

Presenters
avatar for Chris Coulston

Chris Coulston

Chris Coulston (@irishchris2014) is a Project SEARCH ™ graduate and now an employee at Christiana Care Health Systems and a part-time student at Delaware Technical Community College. He has keynoted at the 2016 and 2015 California Transition Alliance conference 2017 South Carolina... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Fortunato

Kevin Fortunato

Kevin Fortunato (@KJF797) is a graduate of TCHS Brandywine, Early Childhood Education program and currently works as a pre-school teacher’s assistant at Chesterbrook Academy. A keynote presenter at the 2016 California Transition Alliance, 2017 South Carolina and Delaware State Transition... Read More →


Tuesday November 6, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Grand A & B

2:45pm

The Time is NOW: Increasing Inclusive Education at the CSUs

This session will share current inclusive programs for individuals with IDD at California
State University campuses and the need for additional programs. Participants are encouraged
to join the discussion to investigate establishing a unified CSU approach to increase the multiple
paths to post-secondary education for individuals with IDD.

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Tuesday November 6, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Orange 1 & 2

4:15pm

WorkAbility I Data Collection and Reporting
This session will focus on the fundamentals of the WAI online data collection system. Baseline, Follow along and Follow-up data collecting will be covered. While this will not be a hands on training, it will introduce attendees to how the system looks and functions.

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Tuesday November 6, 2018 4:15pm - 5:30pm
La Jolla (downstairs)

4:15pm

Health Care Panel: Advocate for Yourself!
Self-advocacy skills are the most valuable skills a young person can cultivate in an internship setting. Self-advocacy encourages interns to think critically about the career they want

Presenters
avatar for Joseph Peters

Joseph Peters

Coordinator and Instuctor, Health PATH Program at Alameda Health System
Joseph Peters is a Coordinator and Instructor for the HealthPATH Program at Alameda Health System. He facilitates curriculum, training and work-based learning experiences to introduce youth to career opportunities in the health sector. He also does outreach to local schools and nonprofits... Read More →


RIASEC pdf

Tuesday November 6, 2018 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Orange 3

4:15pm

DOR and CDE Joint Presentation on WIOA/IDEA Performance Indicators Crosswalk

Participants in the DOR and CDE joint presentation session will increase their understanding of the performance indicators for the VR program required under WIOA and identify strategies for teams to meet the needs of VR performance while taking into consideration the intersection with transition planning and service delivery

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Bianchi

Jennifer Bianchi

Education Administrator, California Department of Education
avatar for Kathi Mowers-Moore

Kathi Mowers-Moore

Deputy Director of Vocational Rehabilitation Policy & Resource Development (VRPRD), Department of Rehabilitation
Kathi Mowers-Moore, Deputy Director of Vocational Rehabilitation Policy & Resource Development (VRPRD), has served the public vocational rehabilitation program for more than thirty years throughout the state and in positions of increased leadership. Kathi holds a Bachelor of Arts... Read More →



Tuesday November 6, 2018 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Marquis NE

4:15pm

Economic Empowerment for Youth with Disabilities and Their Families

The World Institute on Disability (WID) Employment and Economic Empowerment (or WID E3) is a disability empowerment model and set of resources to more effectively support job-seekers with disabilities through effective policies and programs. The model is delivered through three empowerment offerings – Employment Empowerment, Benefits Empowerment, and Economic Empowerment. This session will focus on WID’s tools and approach to Economic Empowerment and financial education for youth with disabilities and their families.

Presenters
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Eric Glunt

Project Coordinator, SDSU Interwork Institute


Tuesday November 6, 2018 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Grand J & K

4:15pm

High School Diploma: The Personal Impact and Legal Challenges

Only 65% of students with disabilities are currently earning a high school diploma. The diploma is a ticket to employment and post-secondary education. This session will review current California Education Code, Federal guidelines for a diploma and strategies to help our students earn diplomas.

Presenters
avatar for Sue Sawyer

Sue Sawyer

President, CA Transition Alliance
Sue Sawyer, President, CA Transition AllianceSue has combined her experiences as a teacher, counselor, and administrator to become an expert in the field of secondary transition for youth, including youth with disabilities. She is a passionate about the need to provide all youth the... Read More →



Tuesday November 6, 2018 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Marquis NW

4:15pm

The Ability-Centered Transition System (ACTS)

The Ability-Centered Transition System (ACTS)
ACTS provides 1) a research-based conceptual framework through which students are better
prepared to pursue post-secondary life outcomes that are aligned to their abilities, strengths, and
interests, and 2) the organizational framework to assist schools in the development and implementation of a school-wide transition program.

Presenters
avatar for Rachel De Bruin

Rachel De Bruin

Transition Coordinator, Connecting Waters Charter School
Rachel De Bruin, M.A., Transition Coordinator, Connecting Waters Charter Schools / Founder, Ability-Centered Educational ServicesRachel De Bruin has worked in special education (as a teacher and administrator) for over 15 years. From early in her career, Rachel often felt frustrated... Read More →



Tuesday November 6, 2018 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Orange 1 & 2

4:15pm

Improving Transition Outcomes for Youth with Emotional Disturbance

Historically, post high school outcomes for youth with emotional disturbance (ED) are bleak. Low graduation rates, high unemployment and arrest rates, and poor social adjustment are typical outcomes for these students receiving traditional service delivery. This presentation discusses research-based best practices for transition programs for these challenged and challenging youth.

Presenters
avatar for Michael Laharty

Michael Laharty

Vocational Specialist, Sacramento County Office of Education
For almost 40 years, Michael Laharty has served students with special needs, their families, and the staff who support them. He has been a teacher, mentor, master teacher, principal, university lecturer, provider of staff development, and a vocational specialist. He is recognized... Read More →



Tuesday November 6, 2018 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Grand C & D

4:15pm

Student Led ITPs as Easy as 123

PowerPoint provides an easy to use but impressive to look at template for students with disabilities to lead their IEP meetings. Shelly Tran created a template in PowerPoint that she used last year with 18-22 year olds with intellectual disabilities. Come to learn how you can do this!

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Tuesday November 6, 2018 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Newport (downstairs)

4:15pm

Thinking beyond Entry Level Retail Jobs: Transition for the 21st Century
How to address the employment, housing, and social challenges of adults with disabilities in these days of entry level job downsizing, a dying retail industry, rents going through the roof in many cities, and a switch toward community life instead of group homes in this era of a shift towards community life and self-determination. Learn about the policy changes transition programs, job programs, schools, and support agencies need accommodate this new era.

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Tuesday November 6, 2018 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Grand G

4:15pm

Creating Futures through Self-Determination Skills and Person-Driven Planning
Creating Futures through Self-Determination Skills and Person-Driven Planning Research supports that self-determination skills empower youth to take the lead in planning their futures. Video examples of self-determined youth who have used person centered/driven planning will be shared, and how they translated these plans into “official” forms (IEP, ITP, IPP) to develop and track measurable and meaningful life goals.

Presenters
avatar for Sheryl Bobroff

Sheryl Bobroff

Vocational/Transition Coordinator, The Institute For Effective Education
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Caren Sax

Professor/ Department Chair, SDSU Interwork Institute



Tuesday November 6, 2018 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Grand H

4:15pm

The Hidden Potential of Disability: Can You Market & Sell It?

This presentation focuses on hidden potential that persons with disabilities offer to employers. Emphasis will be on marketing and selling skills and talents overlooked and ignored by employers and persons with disabilities. This presentation will focus on disability assets that can be marketed as skills and talents that employers want and need.

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Tuesday November 6, 2018 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Orange 4

4:15pm

Youth Leaders: Networking To Achieve Your Goals

Presenters
avatar for Chris Coulston

Chris Coulston

Chris Coulston (@irishchris2014) is a Project SEARCH ™ graduate and now an employee at Christiana Care Health Systems and a part-time student at Delaware Technical Community College. He has keynoted at the 2016 and 2015 California Transition Alliance conference 2017 South Carolina... Read More →


Tuesday November 6, 2018 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Grand A & B
 
Wednesday, November 7
 

10:30am

After 22 What Do I Do? Safety in the Workplace

GET SAFE team will share the strategies and supports that are provided to youth with various disabilities navigating life, work, legal challenges within the systems. The priority over the years has been to prepare youth to be able to identify bullying, harassment, and be able to advocate for themselves as needed. The workshop will highlight the training curriculum for workplace success including safety education, crisis response, workplace violence, sexual harassment, reducing bullying behavior and increasing positive outcomes for all levels of employment involvement.

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Wednesday November 7, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am
Newport (downstairs)

10:30am

Employment Strategies for an Employable Population

Employment Specialists with Inland Regional Center share their experiences and strategies in helping increase employment opportunities for individuals with ID/DD. This includes using Internships, Customized employment, and building local partnerships in the communities we serve to create a positive change of culture and outcomes within the industry and the community.

Presenters
avatar for Andrew Burdick

Andrew Burdick

Employment Specialist, Inland Regional Center
Andrew Burdick is the Employment Specialist for Inland Regional Center where he has worked for nearly 8 years. He began as a Consumer Service Coordinator assisting adults in the West End San Bernardino County area, then serves as a Quality Assurance Liaison working with IRC vendors... Read More →
avatar for Beth Crane

Beth Crane

Employment Specialist, Inland Regional Center
Beth currently works as an Employment Specialist at Inland Regional Center. Previous to this position she was a Consumer Services Coordinator (CSC) for Transition-age consumers. As an Employment Specialist she has worked with Local School Districts, Department of Rehabilitation and... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Braddick, M.A.

Jennifer Braddick, M.A.

Coordinator of Vocational Services - West End SELPA, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools
Jennifer Braddick serves as the Coordinator of the Vocational Services Department for the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, West End Special Education Plan Area. In this capacity she oversees several grant-funded and cooperative programs that provide opportunities for... Read More →

Sponsers


Wednesday November 7, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am
Grand H

10:30am

Self-Disclosure: How to Leverage Your Disability to Sharpen Your Competitive Edge

This workshop focuses on how to use your disability as a competitive advantage. We will examine: "if "you should disclose your disability 
  • "when you are looking for employment  "when"  making the decision to disclose makes sense, and
    "how" you can use your experience with disability as a competitive advantage.


Wednesday November 7, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am
Orange 3

10:30am

DOR Student Services

Participants in the DOR and CDE joint presentation session will increase their understanding of the performance indicators for the VR program required under WIOA and identify strategies for teams to meet the needs of VR performance while taking into consideration the intersection with transition planning and service delivery.

Presenters


Wednesday November 7, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am
Marquis NW

10:30am

Leading by Convening: The Human Side of Practice Change
Sometimes the most well researched and carefully implemented strategies just don't 'stick'.  What accounts for disconnect we often see between research and practice?  What might make a difference? Over 15 years, 50 national organizations came together to address common challenges through the IDEA Partnership at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE).  The lived experience of their members led to a focus on the human side of practice change. In this session we will explore Leading by Convening (LbC), a blueprint for authentic engagement written entirely by stakeholders, including families and youth, and includes tools that are ready-to-use in your work.

Presenters
avatar for Joanne Cashman

Joanne Cashman

Dr. Cashman is currently a state technical assistance advisor for the National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI) and served for 15 years as the Director of The IDEA Partnership at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE).  Joanne has a unique... Read More →



Wednesday November 7, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am
Marquis NE

10:30am

The Orange County LPA Community Program Efforts

Members of the OCLPA will share effective practices for Year 1. This will include partnership efforts focused on new & improved methods to promote Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE). Cross-agency training and programming elements will be discussed. Documents, materials and procedures will be shared to demonstrate effective community collaboration.

Presenters
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Linda O'Neal

CA Promise Regional Manager, SDSU Interwork Institute
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Orange County Local Partnership

Orange County Local Partnership Agreement (OCLPA) BIOThe purpose of the Orange County Local Partnership Agreement (OCLPA) is to enhance partnerships that promote preparation for and achievement of competitive integrated employment (CIE) for youth/adults, 14 years old through 30 years... Read More →



Wednesday November 7, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am
Grand A & B

10:30am

A Technology Curriculum for Tomorrow’s Workers

This session will cover the history of a successful decade-long technology intervention aimed at those with barriers to employment. As well as looking backward, we will also provide an overview of the future of work. We will show how technology training can address some of the workplace’s most common situations. Along with providing practical steps in helping students avoid major technology blunders that could diminish their future job and education prospects.


Wednesday November 7, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am
Orange 1 & 2

10:30am

Expanding High School Diploma Opportunities: As being implemented in Glenn County
This session will chronicle Glenn County’s efforts to expand High School diploma options to more students on IEPs in a variety of settings, situations and circumstances; the planning process, implementation and improved graduation outcomes. The different paths and the criteria used for determining each student’s plan will be covered.

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Wednesday November 7, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am
La Jolla (downstairs)

10:30am

Promoting Postsecondary Education Equity: Students with IDD C2C
As a result of inclusive higher education, experiences of students with ID in PSE programs focused on developing life skills beyond the classroom, impacting the culture of the college and community, increased acceptance amongst nondisabled peers, and created parallel adult development that led to fulfilling adult lives and deepened relationships.

Presenters
avatar for Kathleen Mercier

Kathleen Mercier

Program Specialist, AVUHSD
I found my passion for working with students with special needs in 1997 where I served as a para-professional at a Non-Public School in San Diego, CA. I completed my B.A. degree with an emphasis in special education and returned home to the Antelope Valley, where I was a graduate... Read More →



Wednesday November 7, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am
Grand G

10:30am

Supporting Students on Postsecondary Pathways to Careers

As college enrollment increases for youth with disabilities, the need for new strategies to ensure success is essential. Participants will learn strategies for preparing students with disabilities for college and career. Participants will understand the lessons learned from two community college demonstration projects along with acquiring free transition resources.

Presenters
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Jessica Queener

Senior Program Associate, Institute for Educational Leadership


Wednesday November 7, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am
Orange 4

10:30am

Transition Planning with CalCRN Resources

This session will provide an overview of the California Department of Education California Career Resource Network (CalCRN) program. Session attendees will learn how CalCRN’s resources can be used to help students assess their career related interests, identify occupational options, and develop transition plans. Visit CalCRN at www.californiacareers.info

Presenters
avatar for John Merris-Coots

John Merris-Coots

Coordinator of the California Career Resource Network (CalCRN), California Department of Education (CDE)
John Merris-Coots is the coordinator of the California Career Resource Network (CalCRN) program at the California Department of Education (CDE). He has been an Education Programs Consultant at the CDE and supported the development of CDE’s career development resources since 1998... Read More →



Wednesday November 7, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am
Grand J & K

10:30am

Not Too Young To Lead

Do you know a young person who is trying to figure out how to lead? Whether you are a youth, family member, and/or a professional, if you are seeking to understand more about youth leadership, join our session to get tips from youth describing their challenges and successes.

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Wednesday November 7, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am
Grand C & D

1:00pm

Disability Rights - A Self Advocate’s Guide to the ADA

Batman is applying for a job with the Justice League. Can Superwoman ask him about his disability in an interview? What if he needs accommodations to help him defend Gatham City? Learn about your rights under the Americans with Disability Act. Then join us for Joker Jeopardy.


Wednesday November 7, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Marquis NE

1:00pm

The Power of Collaboration: Bridging the Gap

This presentation will describe the lessons learned from CaPROMISE, one of six research and demonstration programs funded nationally, targeting youth receiving SSI and their families. Presenters will explore the implications for strengthening student transition services for youth and their families and in partnership with the state Department of Rehabilitation. The presentation will focus on person-driven interventions and strategies with a targeted emphasis on high school completion, the transition to postsecondary education and training, and inclusion of paid and unpaid work experiences. Key elements that will be discussed are financial planning, planning for work, and the continuous and constant inclusion of the family support services. The partnerships and collaboration between the Local Education Agencies (LEAs), Department of Rehabilitation, Family Resource Centers, Regional Centers, California State Universities, and community

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Mari Guillermo

Co-Prinicipal Investigator, SDSU Interwork Institute
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Joyce Montgomery

Transition Program Supervisor, Vallejo City Unified School District
Joyce Montgomery, MA Ed, is currently the Region 1 Manager for CaPROMISE and Ca Career Innovations which includes over 15 Local Education Agencies. She is also WorkAbility Co-Region 3 Manager for 75 Local Education Agencies. She is employed with Vallejo City Unified School District... Read More →
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Linda O'Neal

CA Promise Regional Manager, SDSU Interwork Institute
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Richard Rosenberg

Ph.D. in Behavioral Disabilities and Educational Administration received from University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1980. Over 35 years of teaching and administrative experience. Presently faculty member at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) and San Diego State University... Read More →



Wednesday November 7, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Orange 1 & 2

1:00pm

High Expectations: Know Better, Do Better...

Parents have a role in the child’s transition planning yet how are we preparing them to know what to do, how to partner and support their child’s dreams! Listen how two moms rolled up their sleeves and learned transition is not what we want for our children, but what they want!

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Ellen Coulston

Ellen Coulston (@ellenritac) is a graduate of the George Washington University’s Graduate Transition certificate program. A 2012 Mary Custie awardee presented by the State Council for People with Disabilities, Coulston is the 2011 Parenting Magazine MOM Congress delegate for the... Read More →
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Cheryl Fortunato

Cheryl Fortunato (@cherylfortunato) is a mom who has been immersed in her son’s journey, desiring the best opportunities for him, which is no different than what she wanted for her other child. Cheryl felt awakened in going through the discovery process and identified a new set... Read More →


Wednesday November 7, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Grand C & D

1:00pm

I Want to Work! I Know I Can! A Resource Guide...

The booklet I Want to Work! I Know I Can is a roadmap to competitive integrated employment for all students, including students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. It is a resource guide to help parents and teachers to explore the map to employment, beginning with making decisions, identify options and culminating in employment and life after high school. It culminates with a community resource guide.

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Sue Sawyer

President, CA Transition Alliance
Sue Sawyer, President, CA Transition AllianceSue has combined her experiences as a teacher, counselor, and administrator to become an expert in the field of secondary transition for youth, including youth with disabilities. She is a passionate about the need to provide all youth the... Read More →



Wednesday November 7, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Marquis NW

1:00pm

Building A More Inclusive College Environment

Students with disabilities should feel a sense of welcoming, belonging, along with opportunities to be actively engaged in all facets of the school life experience from the moment they enter the school gates and beyond. When students are able to bring their whole selves to school, you’re able to minimize what neuroscientists call the ‘social pain of exclusion,’ helping ensure that people are able to be their most productive During this workshop, Becky Curran will share her personal and professional journey, as a person with a physical disability, along with making recommendations for a more inclusive school environment.

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Becky Curran

Becky received her Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Providence College, where she gained a passion for influencing change behind the scenes in the entertainment industry. Upon graduation and after 100 job interviews, Becky started working in the Creative Arts Agency, the world’s... Read More →



Wednesday November 7, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Grand A & B

1:00pm

Transition Fundamentals
Quality indicators support transition practices that lead to positive postsecondary outcomes for all students. This session will focus on fundamental requirements necessary to design an achieve a blend realistic plan for students to become career and college ready. Evidenced based practices, strategies, and resources will be discussed and shared.

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kathleen whelan Gioia

Diagnostic Education Specialst, Diagnostic Center, So CA
Kathleen Whelan Gioia is a diagnostic educational specialist serving on the transdisciplinary assessment team at the Diagnostic Center of Southern California. She holds a M.S. in Elementary Education and a M.Ed. in Special Education. Kathy has been a Special Day Class teacher, Resource... Read More →



Wednesday November 7, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Orange 4