News and Noteworthy Archived News Items

Transition Coalition Highlighted in Special Ed Connection

(posted October 29, 2014)

Special Ed Connection is an online database which keeps professionals in the field of Special Education abreast of the latest innovative practices from across the country. Recently, two articles have been published referencing the work being done by the Transition Coalition. Click on the links below to read these articles.

Use 6 constructs as 'blueprint' for your transition planning

Apply tiered intervention model to postsecondary transition

Integrated Employment in Vermont

(posted October 27, 2014)

In 2002 Vermont closed their last sheltered workshop; the state has chosen instead to focus on creating integrated employment opportunities for people with disabilities. A recent Observer Reporter article discusses the far reaching benefits of integrated employment in Vermont. READ ARTICLE

Upcoming Webinar: Are Your Students Going Directly to Work After Graduation?

(posted October 27, 2014)

Ellen Condon, Transition Projects Director at the University of Montana's Rural Institute on Disabilities will host this upcoming Ask the Experts webinar. Ellen will discuss work experiences which expose youth to work, assist them to identify interests and to build skills. Learn to plan for ongoing supports and identify self-management strategies which will assist with independence and competence on work sites. November 18, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. CST REGISTER HERE

Ask the Experts: What does it take to be College and Career Ready?

(posted September 24, 2014)

Dr. Mary Morningstar, Director of the Transition Coalition & Associate Professor at the University of Kansas, Department of Special Education and Dr. Allison Lombardi, Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut host this Ask the Experts webinar. Preparing students with disabilities for college and careers requires educators to consider a broad array of skills and experiences. The presentation describes six academic and non-academic constructs needed to prepare students for the transition to adulthood. Download Handouts and View Webinar - Transition Planning Guide

(posted September 22, 2014)

Visit for guidance on how to ease the transition from high school to adulthood for youth with disabilities. Topics addressed include choosing a career and finding the right college. Click on the quick links for a wealth of resources, including tips on making the transition to independent living and guidance on maintaining or acquiring disability benefits.

Rethinking College: The Film

(posted September 15, 2014)

This short film aims to increase awareness of the importance to include students with intellectual disabilities in higher education. Interviews with parents, students, educators, and policy makers address the benefits of attending college for all people, including those with disabilities. In addition, Rethinking College illustrates how colleges and universities can provide an inclusive higher education setting.  WATCH MOVIE