Thursday, June 24, 2021

Daily Kick-off

8-8:15 a.m. (On-Demand)

Dr. Cinda Johnson (she/her/hers), CCTS
Tammie Doyle, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Kick off the start of your day with Dr. Cinda Johnson from CCTS and Tammie Doyle from DVR! They’ll share some welcome (and wrap-up) messages, an overview of today’s sessions, and housekeeping reminders.


Postsecondary Education Program Showcase

9-9:50 a.m. (Live)

Erica He, Highline college
Pilar Lopez (she/her), Bellevue College
Dr. Don McMahon (he/him/his), Washington State University

This session will showcase three postsecondary education programs within the state of Washington. They include programs at Bellevue College, WSU, and Highline College. The Occupational and Life Skills Associate Degree program at Bellevue College is a supportive program for neurodiverse adults with learning disabilities. The goal is for students to gain competitive work skills and lead a fulfilled life after graduation. WSU ROAR (Responsibility Opportunities Advocacy and Respect) is a two-year inclusive postsecondary education program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Highline College’s Achieve Program is a comprehensive post-secondary transition program that includes credit and non-credit classes, intensive advising, involvement in campus life, community-based internships, and assistance with job placement.


Job Foundations

10-10:50 a.m. (Live)

Rod Duncan (he/him/his), Developmental Disabilities Administration
Ann Martin, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Kelly Oneal, Kitsap County Developmental Disabilities

Job Foundations is a pilot project, in collaboration with DDA, OSPI, DVR, and counties, that connects adult employment providers to transition students 2 years prior to exiting school. Together, using observations and school and family input, a Job Foundation report is completed positioning the student to successfully move forward into DVR services with the goal of exiting school with employment.


Creating Successful Pathways to Adulthood

11-11:50 a.m. (Live)

Desiree Cheung (she/her/hers)
Lisa McAllister (she/her/hers)

Juvenile Rehabilitation (JR) and Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) in Washington State have a unique collaboration which includes multiple community partners who provide Pre-ETS eligible students with specialized training, skill building, and work based learning experiences while they reside in JR facilities. This Juvenile Justice Collaboration demonstrates the value of systems integration and alignment and allows us to partner, promote, and sponsor the integration of educational services and vocational rehabilitation strategies with current and emerging practices in juvenile justice treatment and rehabilitation. The goal is for youth to obtain the tools they need to feel confident and equipped to seek meaningful employment in their community. 


Steps to Facilitating a Successful Interagency Network

12-12:50 p.m. (Live)

Sam Blazina (she/her/hers), Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Dana Floyd (she/her/hers), Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Tracie Hoppis (she/her/hers), Children’s Village
Mary Marsh, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

The Yakima ITN will be sharing the successes and challenges of creating county and regional Interagency Transition Networks, as well as how pulling together multiple stakeholders significantly benefits our youth with disabilities as they transition from high school to their post-secondary aspirations..


Business Opportunity School for Success (BOSS) through The Arc of Spokane

1-1:50 p.m. (On-Demand)

Bethany Johnson (she/her/hers), Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Kyla Parkins (she/her/hers), Arc of Spokane

The Business Opportunity School for Success (BOSS) through The Arc of Spokane Program, seeks to introduce students to entrepreneurships through both work readiness training and paid work-based learning. Students take part in every step of the process – choosing, developing, marketing and selling a product in their community.


Transition Takes a Team – Moving from High School to College

1-1:50 p.m. (On-Demand)

Mary Gerard (she/her/hers), Bellingham Technical College
Jon McGough (he/him/his), Western Washington University
Kim Thompson (they/them/theirs), Seattle University

Making the transition from high school to college is challenging. It can be particularly challenging for students with disabilities. For the first time in their lives, students with disabilities will be expected to manage not only their academics and potential new housing environments, but they will also be expected to request and manage their accommodations, a task previously, managed by their parents and/or special education teachers.

Please join three disability educators from two- and four-year public and four-year private institutions of higher education as they discuss the elements of transition from high school to college for students with disabilities. They will discuss the embedded help available for students embarking on their college career. This presentation will help those students – and those who support them – more fully understand the process.