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Welcome to the future home of the New York State Transition Services Professional Development Support Center (PDSC)

School districts are required, under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to provide each student with a disability with appropriate transition services to assist each student to meet his/her post-secondary goals for living, learning and working. With the addition of the Transition PDSC, NYS now has a comprehensive system of State and regionally-based professional development support to school districts needing to improve transition planning and transition-related instructional services and supports for students with disabilities.

The Transition Services PDSC will provide a web-based resource for transition services and planning (currently known as TransQUAL) for all school districts. This web-based tool is based on five quality indicators of effective transition planning: student development, student-focused planning, program structure, family involvement and interagency collaboration. The new Transition Services PDSC will improve the functionality and quality of the current TransQUAL tool, and will create a new website to house not only TransQUAL, but other technical assistance information to assist school districts to improve transition programs and services. In addition, the Transition Services PDSC will host an on-line forum for school districts to share transition improvement activities with other school districts in the State.

The PDSC will also provide ongoing professional development support to the State’s Transition Specialists within the Regional Special Education Technical Assistance Support Centers (RSE-TASC). Through the RSE-TASC transition specialists, school districts can access technical assistance and professional development on a variety of topics related to effective transition planning and services, including but are not limited to:

  • individualized education program (IEP) development relating to transition planning;
  • student exit summaries;
  • transition assessments;
  • work-based learning;
  • self-advocacy/self determination; and
  • partnering with community agencies.

To contact the Transition Specialist(s) in your area, please see www.emsc.nysed.gov/specialed/techassist/rsetasc/tslist.htm.

Over the next year, this webpage will change dramatically, offering a complete toolkit for educational programs to learn about transition and career development, engage in collaborative planning, share successful strategies and documentation and involve other visitors to this site in meaningful discussions. In the mean time, go to www.transqual.org for our current array of transition resources."

Webinar Resources

What Works? Collaboration Between High Schools and Vocational Rehabilitation Program

Presented March 22, 2010, 1:00-2:30PM

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Presented By:

  • Sukyeong Pi
    Extension Faculty
    Employment and Disability Institute
Moderator:
  • Kati Ferguson
    Professional Development
    New York State Department of Education
Panelists:
  • Ed Lessard
    Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
    VESID
  • Susan Barlow
    Executive Director
    WNY Parent Network
  • Joe Giacalone
    Assistant Principal
    Manhattan Transition Center/Manhattan School for Career Development
  • James Scarpulla
    Model Transition Program Facilitator
    Ithaca City School District
Materials


What Works? Transition Planning and Services

Presented March 12, 2010, 1:00-2:30PM

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Presented By:

  • Arun Karpur
    Extension Faculty
    Employment and Disability Institute
Moderator:
  • Dave Brewer
    Senior Extension Faculty
    Employment and Disability Institute
Panelists:
  • J. Michelle Baretela
    Transition Coordinator
    Monroe Orleans BOCES MTP
  • Susan Locke Scott
    Assistant Director, School Support Services
    RSETASC Regional Coordinator
    Erie BOCES
  • Barbara Westin
    Parent
    Ithaca City School District
Materials


What Works? Regional Leadership for Transition

Presented March 8, 2010, 1:00-2:30PM

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Presented By:

  • Dave Brewer
    Senior Extension Faculty
    Employment and Disability Institute
Moderator:
  • Kati Ferguson
    Professional Development
    New York State Department of Education
Panelists:
  • Helene Fallon
    Training Coordinator
    Long Island Parent Center
  • Hildreth Rose
    Transition Specialist
    Mid-South Special Education Technical Assistance Support Center
  • Deborah Valley
    Special Education Administrator
    St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES
  • Michael Christopher
    Job Developer
    Challenge Employment Services
Materials


Websites


Transition Times Newsletter

  • Agency Involvement in Transition: Agencies Reach out to Assist Those in Need of Services (Summer 2007)
    PDF |  HTML
  • Achieving Postsecondary Access and Success (Spring 2006)
    PDF |  HTML
  • Tools and Resources for Transition (Summer 2006)
    PDF |  HTML

State Memos and Resources


VESID Grant RFP Proposal #06-033
Model Transition Program
Web site Resources


Other Resources





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