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Transition Symposium 2017

Below are the descriptions of the sessions included in the symposium.

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Transition Symposium 2017 – Session Descriptions

 

Morning Plenary Sessions

Lessons Learned: Preparing for the Day When the Bus Stops Coming
Upon exit from school, will your child experience a seamless transition to college, career, and community readiness? This session includes:
• Information about school-based transition programs.
• A discussion on transition planning for youth with autism.
• A parent panel sharing their real-life experiences around transition. Attendees with smart devices will have the opportunity to interact with panel members.
Presenters: Dawson Robertson and Melissa Thompson, Howard County Public School System
Lee Armstrong, Supervisor of Autism Services, Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
Pamela Beck, Melonee Clark, and Colette Jackson, Parents

Be Your Own Boss! (For Youth Registrants)
Are you a small business owner? You could be! There are many good reasons to own a business: you are your own boss, you make your own schedule, and with hard work you can make your own dreams come true. Join us in making your own products that you can sell yourself. You will leave the class with your very own sugar scrub, chocolate covered pretzels, and honor vending box as examples of products for your own business.
Presenters: Katie Collins-Ihrke, Amity Lachowicz, and Audrey Sellers, Accessible Resources for Independence Inc.

Workshop Sessions: General Audience

1a. Transition-Age Services and Supports in the Public Behavioral Health System
Explore specialized programs and services within Maryland’s Public Behavioral Health System. These programs and services are targeted to young adults who have significant mental health and emotional disabilities, and are designed to help prepare youth for the transition to adulthood. Learn how to navigate services and supports, including eligibility, the application process, and local initiatives.
Presenter: Kenyatta Cully, Howard County Mental Health Authority

1b. Special Needs Planning: Caring for All of Your Family Members
Receive a comprehensive overview of the financial and special needs planning process. Learn the process for developing your personal roadmap to meet parent retirement objectives and special needs trust funding, and for establishing a plan of care for when parents cannot be the central caregiver.
Presenters: Monty Knittle and James W. Curran, Harbor Investment Advisory LLC

1c. Assistive Technology for Transition: There’s an App for That!
Discover how the iPad is a necessary tool for transition. Learn about apps that enhance executive functioning skills including organization, memory, communication and pragmatics. Leave with a list of apps helpful in school, communication and the workplace.
Presenter: Denise Schuler, Maryland Technology Assistance Program

1d. Employment and Self-Disclosure
Does an employer have the right to know if you have a disability? Explore the basics of Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which prohibits discrimination against qualified job applicants and employees who have disabilities. Learn about reasonable accommodations and the process for requesting them. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of self-disclosure, along with the reasons for when and why to disclose a disability when applying for or maintaining a job.
Presenter: Claire Stanley, Mid-Atlantic ADA Center

2a. How to Get Benefits from Social Security, Go to Work…and Live to Tell About It – Part 1 of 3
You’ve heard about SSI and SSDI…and probably heard some misinformation. Learn what these benefits are, who is eligible, how to apply (and appeal denials), and which medical benefits you’ll receive. Just as importantly, discover how people can work for pay and continue to receive essential cash and medical benefits. This is a 3-part session. Part 1 covers most information about Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Part 2 covers more information about SSI and information about Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits. Part 3 is a questions and answer session.
Presenter: Michael Dalto, Certified Benefits Trainer & Consultant

2b. Guardianships: What Parents Need to Know
Learn the basics of guardianship, including the benefits and drawbacks, as well as the questions every family should ask before making the decision to pursue guardianship. Explore the nuances associated with incapacity planning, including the importance of powers of attorney and advance medical directives in the planning process.
Presenter: Stephen R. Elville, J.D., LL.M., Elville and Associates

2c. Post-Secondary Vocational Training Programs
Explore career training courses for adults with cognitive, developmental, and mental health disabilities offered through the Community College of Baltimore County’s Single Step program. Options include certificate training in the areas of child care, food service, hospitality, office skills, animal care, security, and warehouse/forklift safety. Learn about program requirements, the application process, and financial aid sources.
Presenters: Michael Tan, Community College of Baltimore County Center for Alternative and Supported Education (CASE)

2d. So You Want to Drive?
Explore the process of obtaining a driver’s license in Maryland, including novice and experienced drivers as well as those with various “reportable” medical conditions. Learn about the role of the MVA; the Medical Advisory Board; the Adaptive Driving Assessment including Clinical and Behind-the-Wheel; types of vehicle modifications; driving programs; the role of the Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) and tasks that will help prepare the novice driver for driving.
Presenter: Helene Dubay, Occupational Therapist and Clinical Driving Evaluator

3a. How to Get Benefits from Social Security, Go to Work…and Live to Tell About It – Part 2 of 3
Presenter: Michael Dalto, Certified Benefits Trainer & Consultant

3b. Supported Decision-Making: Respecting Ability, Promoting Self-Determination
Explore supported decision-making as an alternative to guardianship. What is supported decision-making and who uses it? How can it increase community integration and quality of life for people with disabilities? What steps can families, teachers, and service providers take to help individuals with disabilities develop decision-making skills, so that they are able to live lives of their choosing with the supports they need?
Presenter: Tina Campanella, Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities

3c. College Is An Option! Disability Support Services on the Post-Secondary Level
Examine the differences between high school and college for students with disabilities. Learn about federal legislation that governs secondary and post-secondary educational institutions, as well as what can be expected at institutions of higher learning. Student and parent expectations will be discussed. Explore programs available at Howard Community College including Disability Support Services, Project Access, the Pathways Program for students with autism, the CORE and REACH programs, the Executive Function Coaching program, and developmental education.
Presenter: Kathy McSweeney, Howard Community College

3d. Public Transportation in Howard County
Learning how to ride the bus can help a young person transitioning from high school become more independent. Explore public transportation options available in Howard County including the fixed-route bus system, travel training, and how paratransit services can supplement fixed-route for young people who qualify. Learn how to access information on bus routes, schedules, and trip planning resources. Discussion will cover the application and eligibility process for both travel training and paratransit services.
Presenter: Christine Fogle, Center for Mobility Equity (formerly Central Maryland Regional Transit) and Victor Jimenez, RTA Mobility Manager, Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland

4a. How to Get Benefits from Social Security, Go to Work…and Live to Tell About It – Part 3 of 3
Presenter: Michael Dalto, Certified Benefits Trainer & Consultant

4b. DDA Eligibility and Services: An Overview
Explore services offered through Maryland’s Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA). Learn about eligibility, the application process, appeals, and agency vs. self-directed service options. Discover how to access transitioning youth services from DDA.
Presenter: Marni Greenspoon, Attorney, Disability Rights Maryland (formerly the Maryland Disability Law Center)

4c. IEP’s: Planning for a Successful Transition from Special Education to the Adult Service System
Explore the transition plan requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), including a discussion of your child’s rights as he or she leaves school and enters the adult system. Learn how to advocate for your young adult, and strengthen transition planning in the IEP process!
Presenter: Leslie Seid Margolis, Attorney, Disability Rights Maryland (formerly the Maryland Disability Law Center)

4d. The Option of Self-Employment: The RISE Program
Explore self-employment options provided by the Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services’ RISE Program. The discussion will address such questions as: What is the RISE Program? When is self-employment a good idea? Which businesses have succeeded and which have failed? Who is eligible to participate? What is the application process?
Presenter: Morris Tranen, Partnership Development Group, Inc.

Workshop Sessions: Youth Audience

1c. Assistive Technology for Transition: There’s an App for That!
Discover how the iPad is a necessary tool for transition. Learn about apps that enhance executive functioning skills including organization, memory, communication and pragmatics. Leave with a list of apps helpful in school, communication and the workplace.
Presenter: Denise Schuler, Md Technology Assistance Program

1d. Employment and Self-Disclosure
Does an employer have the right to know if you have a disability? Explore the basics of Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which prohibits discrimination against qualified job applicants and employees who have disabilities. Learn about reasonable accommodations and the process for requesting them. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of self-disclosure, along with the reasons for when and why to disclose a disability when applying for or maintaining a job.
Presenter: Claire Stanley, Mid-Atlantic ADA Center

1e. Don’t Break the Bank!
Have you ever wanted something really badly but you just couldn’t afford it? By keeping track of how your money is spent, you can make the changes needed to pay for both what you need and what you want. In this class we will practice budgeting, differentiate needs and wants, and learn the basics of bank accounts.
Presenters: Amity Lachowicz and Audrey Sellers, Accessible Resources for Independence Inc.

2d. So You Want to Drive?
Explore the process of obtaining a driver’s license in Maryland, including novice and experienced drivers as well as those with various “reportable” medical conditions. Learn about the role of the MVA; the Medical Advisory Board; the Adaptive Driving Assessment including Clinical and Behind-the-Wheel; types of vehicle modifications; driving programs; the role of the Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) and tasks that will help prepare the novice driver for driving.
Presenter: Helene Dubay, Occupational Therapist and Clinical Driving Evaluator

2e. Social Media: To Share or Not to Share?
Do you connect with friends and family using social media like Facebook or Instagram? Social media is a great tool for building relationships, but it also has its risks. Join us to learn what is appropriate sharing on social media, how to network, how to protect your personal information, and what to do if you face cyber bullying.
Presenters: Amity Lachowicz and Audrey Sellers, Accessible Resources for Independence Inc.

3d. Public Transportation in Howard County
Learning how to ride the bus can help a young person transitioning from high school become more independent. Explore public transportation options available in Howard County including the fixed-route bus system, travel training, and how paratransit services can supplement fixed-route for young people who qualify. Learn how to access information on bus routes, schedules, and trip planning resources. Discussion will cover the application and eligibility process for both travel training and paratransit services.
Presenter: Christine Fogle, Center for Mobility Equity (formerly Central Maryland Regional Transit) and Victor Jimenez, RTA Mobility Manager, Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland

3e. Let’s Make a Date!
Dating…it’s complicated. Sometimes it can be awkward to meet new people and keep relationships going strong. We’re here to help you learn some tools to keep your relationships healthy. Join us as we discuss topics such as different types of relationships, personal space, and open communication.
Presenters: Amity Lachowicz and Audrey Sellers, Accessible Resources for Independence Inc.

4e. The Importance of Self-Advocacy
Join this fun and interactive class to learn the importance of self-advocacy and how to speak up for yourself. Explore the history of self-advocacy and learn about person-first language.
Presenter: Ken Capone, People on the Go of Maryland

4f. Meals in Minutes
Do you like food? So do we! Join us to learn some basic kitchen skills and make a quick, delicious meal!
Presenters: Amity Lachowicz and Audrey Sellers, Accessible Resources for Independence Inc.