Ask the Expert

NTACT-LOGO-web-color-XSMAsk the Expert events provide opportunities to see an expert present PLUS respond to comments and questions about the topic after the live event.


How to  participate?

There are 2 parts:

  • Watch the live presentation OR the recording (available after the live event)
  • Discuss the topic online with the presenter and others for 2 weeks after each event





Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok & Beyond: Social Media for Peer2Peer Engagement

How are teenagers and young adults connecting and supporting one another during the COVID 19 crisis in our country? This session presented by youth engagement and leadership professionals will explore effective practices and resources that can promote and enhance communication and engagement of students with disabilities. Sponsored by NTACT.  Live captioning provided. 

LIVE EVENT:  April 21, 2020  12-1 ET  Recording available!

Strategies & Resources for Students with Complex Support Needs in Distance Learning Environments

Providing educational and employment in virtual and distance learning environments for students with complex support needs is extremely challenging. NTACT and partner organizations provide guidance, examples and assistance for transition-focused instruction and other activities for students with complex support needs.

Put your slippers on and join us!  Live captioning provided.


Employment Preparation & WBL Experiences in a Virtual World

Michael Stoehr (NTACT) and Brenda Simmons (WINTAC)  will provide guidance, ideas, and resources for engaging students in meaningful employment preparation activities during school and community closures. This webinar is for service providers, educators, family members, and students.

Grab a snack and watch this webinar, participate in the discussion and get resources! Co-sponsored by NTACT, WINTAC, Y-TAC, and the Transition Coalition. Live captioning provided.


Transition Activities Online At Home

NTACT staff and others will share tips and resources to support the continued learning and skill development of students, while school and community access are severely restricted.  Grab your coffee and watch this webinar, participate in the discussion and get resources! Also stay tuned to .



How do you know Students are College and Career Ready?

Sponsored by NTACT, join us as Drs. Lombardi, Mazzotti, and Morningstar describe the development of a new measure, College and Career Readiness for Transition (CCR4T). They will present the CCR4T framework and offer several opportunities for local, district and state-level professionals to provide input and feedback. Practitioners can also learn about participating in a national field-test of the CCR4T for students with and without disabilities in high schools.


LIVE EVENT:  February 20, 2020  Recording available
ONLINE CHAT:  February 20-March 5, 2020

Family Engagement: Connection with Hard-to-Connect Families

Sponsored by NTACT, join Debra Jennings, Josie Badger, and Myriam Alizo as they address engaging with culturally and linguistically diverse families. Learn strategies for effectively tackling the challenges and the great opportunities effective communication can lead to.


LIVE EVENT:  November 7, 2019    Recording available
ONLINE CHAT:  November 7-November 21, 2019

Innovations in Visual Supports Interventions

Sponsored by NTACT, Kathleen Zimmerman, KU, will explain and provide examples of innovations in visual support interventions to promote engagement in school, employment, and community settings for youth with disabilities. Find out how to select and create visual support interventions tailored to the needs of the individuals and settings in which you work. Come prepared with questions about how to implement and flexibly use visual supports in meaningful ways to promote engagement and independence for a variety of youth with disabilities!


LIVE EVENT:  October 10, 2019 Recording available
ONLINE CHAT:  October 10-October 24, 2019

Transition Considerations for Youth with Complex Support Needs

Sponsored by  NTACT, Michael Stoehr, Linda O’Neal, and Charlie Walters will discuss information regarding effective practice strategies and supports for youth with Complex Support Needs as they transition to successful post-secondary outcomes of education/training, employment, and community engagement.


LIVE EVENT:  September 12, 2019 Recording available
ONLINE CHAT:  September 12-September 26, 2019  

Local Innovation and Collaboration across CTE-Special Education and VR

Sponsored by NTACT, join a team working in Nevada towards local CTE collaboration. You will hear C.J Fields and Jennifer Kane (state Education Programs Professionals) along with their teammates David Palmer (Assistant Principal/Athletic Director-Dayton HS) and Janice John (NV state Rehabilitation Services) as they discuss what they have implemented locally for improving student achievement and educator effectiveness.

LIVE EVENT:  March 28, 2019 Recording available
ONLINE CHAT:  March 28-April 11, 2019


CIRCLES: Interagency Collaboration

Sponsored by NTACT, Nellie Aspel, NC, Jennifer Williams, Fran Ennis, and Crissie Parks, AR will provide information about implementation of CIRCLES (Communicating Interagency Relationships and Collaborative Linkages for Exceptional Students) in their own region/school district. You will learn about the program, how to get started, as well as sustainability.

LIVE EVENT:  February 21, 2019 Recording available
ONLINE CHAT:  February 21-March 7, 2019


Social Capital for Young Job Seekers

Sponsored by NTACT and RSA, Kiernan O’Donnell, The Fogarty Center (RI), and Kim Einloth, Senior Director, Perspectives Employment Services (RI), share strategies for engaging youth and families to prepare for employment. Will share best practices to help students and families begin career exploration and planning!

LIVE EVENT:  December 6, 2018 Recording available
ONLINE CHAT:  December 6-December 20, 2018

Employment Strategies & Supports for Youth with ASD

Sponsored by NTACT, Jennifer McDonough, Project Director & Associate Director of Training, and Alissa Brooke, Project Coordinator, both of VCU Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, will talk about critical strategies and supports for youth with autism seeking and maintaining employment. Case studies will be provided to show real life examples of the strategies and supports at work. Learn and discuss!!

LIVE EVENT:  November 29, 2018 Recording available
ONLINE CHAT:  November 29, 2018-December 13, 2018 


Academic Strategies for Youth with ASD

Sponsored by NTACT, Dr. Kara Hume, UNC, Chapel Hill, will be detailing academic strategies to use with students on the Autism spectrum that can be used across different academic content areas. Join us for the live event or recording AND the 2 week discussion as we release more resources to use with your students!

LIVE EVENT:  October 4, 2018 Recording available
ONLINE CHAT:  October 4-18, 2018

Making Pre-Employment Transition Services Work at the Local Level

Sponsored by NTACT, join Keith Ozols (Workforce and Youth Manager, VR from Oregon), Heather Lindsey (Acting Director Education Programs and Transitions from Oregon), and Ronica Marable (TA provider with NTACT) as they discuss how Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation and the Oregon Department of Education are coordinating Pre-ETS at a state leadership level. Through braided funding these agencies are developing stronger connections between local VR offices and local school districts. These local partnerships are building capacity and opening the door for the delivery of Pre-ETS at the local level.

LIVE EVENT:  August 16, 2018 Recording available
ONLINE DISCUSSION: August 16-August 30, 2018!




Video Modeling for Employment

Sponsored by NTACT, this Ask the Expert will be guided by Ryan Kellems (BYU) and Vidya Munandar (KU).  Ryan and Vidya will provide examples and help attendees start to think about how they can develop video-based interventions to use with individuals they work with. Learn about video modeling, how to do it, and how you can use it to help your students enhance their employment skills.

LIVE EVENT: April 5, 2018 Recording Available


Employment for Youth with Autism: Keys to Success!

Sponsored by NTACT, join Paul Wehman (Director, VCU-RRTC) and Carol Schall (Director of Technical Assistant, Autism Center for Excellence) as they provide the key elements in supporting students with ASD and challenging behaviors to experience successful paid integrated employment outcomes.  Find out how all stakeholders can collaborate on employment internships for students, staff can be trained to provide quality employment supports, and ASD-specific supports can be provided to youth.  Be prepared to ask questions about employment for youth with ASD!!

LIVE EVENT:  February 22, 2018 Recording Available

ONLINE DISCUSSION: Lots of discussion with Paul and Carol!


I’m Determined

Sponsored by NTACT, Amanda Randall and John McNaught, state coordinators of the Virginia Department of Education’s I’m Determined Project will share resources, strategies and stories on implementing I’m Determined in your school. Learn how to incorporate youth, educator and parent perspectives in the self-determination process in order replicate outreach activities and classroom strategies. All resources are free and available for download at

LIVE EVENT:  October 5, 2017    Recording Available
ONLINE DISCUSSION:  Q&A with John and Amanda

Student Engagement Strategies

Sponsored by NTACT, Dr. Reece Peterson, Professor Emeritus at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will share resources and strategies to get student’s engaged. His website, Student Engagement Project, focuses on two main areas: strategies to reduce exclusionary discipline and strategies to reduce school dropout. Get ideas, new resources, advice and strategies for individual student planning and school improvement planning!

LIVE EVENT:  September 21, 2017   Recording Available
ONLINE CHAT:  September 21-October 5, 2017

Gaining Momentum in Middle Schools – Wisconsin Strategies

Sponsored by NTACT Nancy Molfenter (WI Dept. of Public Instruction) and Jennifer Hilgendorf (WI Transition Improvement Grant) share professional development strategies for implementing transition practices at the middle school level.  Learn how middle school teachers can use existing initiatives to provide their students with some important transition competencies.


LIVE EVENT:  May 11, 2017  Recording Available   
ONLINE CHAT:  May 11 – May 26, 2017


Attendance Matters!

Sponsored by NTACT Pat Halle, Senior Fellow with Attendance Works shares strategies to improve school attendance. Learn how effective school teams can identify and remove attendance barriers. Pat also shares information on student-directed meetings, self-advocacy and increasing access to after school programs improve attendance.


LIVE EVENT:  March 30, 2017  Recording Available
ONLINE CHAT WITH PAT:  March 30 – April 13, 2017


Prepping for College: WHAT & HOW

Sponsored by NTACT Cate Weir (Think College), Sloan Huckabee (Transitions RTC) and Allison Lombardi (UConn) share information, strategies and resources to  help young adults with disabilities prepare for college. Learn about special preparation for students with learning disabilities, mental health disabilities and those with intellectual disabilities.


LIVE EVENT:  February 23, 2017  2pm Central Time
Discuss with Cate, Sloan & Allison!

Transition Tips to Start Your Year Off RIGHT!

Sponsored by NTACT Dr. Mary Morningstar and Sarah Roberts share strategies about what you can do to start your year off right. Learn about the most important domains for transition, and how to prioritize your time and energies! Get ideas, new resources, advice and strategies. For ALL transition stakeholders.


LIVE EVENT:  October 6, 2016  Recording Available
Discuss with Mary & Sarah!

Peer Assisted Strategies & Students with High Support Needs

Sponsored by NTACT, this online presentation by Dr. Erik Carter focuses on the critical factors of peer assistance for young adults with extensive support needs.  He provides strategies and program components that can help you create and enhance peer strategies in your schools!


LIVE PRESENTATION: March 10, 2016     Recording Available.

ONLINE DISCUSSION: Questions and answers with Dr. Erik Carter!

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