At our last zoom (January 14, 2020) on Self-Advocacy and Student-led IEPs, we shared two new forms that you may want to consider using to help students with their long term planning. Both of these tools are from the ME! Lessons for Teaching Self Awareness & Self Advocacy Curriculum. This is located at the Zarrow Center for Learning Enrichment at the University of Oklahoma.
The first form was the Self Awareness Project Planning Guide. This form can help organize information into a beginning three-step process that aligns with their living, learning, and working goals.
The second form was “Where do I go from here?” This form again is aligned with the student’s postsecondary expectations but helps break the process down into different actions to help them see what responsibilities they may need to take to make it happen.
These two new forms will also be posted on the TEACHER tab, under Student Led IEPs.
The links have been corrected on the two new Google versions of the General Education Classroom summaries that were posted on January 5th so you should now be able to open them and save a copy.
Thanks to KM for the heads-up that these were not workable links!! 🙂
And sorry that we forgot to make the sharing changes so you could access them!
Now, go make a copy and get some good information to share with your families! 🙂
On our Vitals for Transition Zoom “Updates on the Transition Alignment Process” (posted under the EVENTS tab) we shared several new forms and websites for your use. Here are a few you may want to add to your transition toolbox:
General Education Classroom Summary – Version 1 Google form: This is similar to the printable one-page version on this site, but with the ease of a Google form. If you choose to use it, be sure to first SAVE A COPY for your own personal use. Then, each time you want to use it, save it for each specific student you are using it for because Google will allow you to print a compiled list of your teacher’s responses that you can share at the student’s meeting. This is a great way to share this information with parents.
General Education Classroom Survey – Version 2 Google form: This form is similar to the one above, and was shared with us by Manson NW Webster teacher Alexandrea Hanson, so thanks!! Again, you would need to SAVE A COPY of this form for your own personal use, just like above.
Here is the paper copy of the General Education Classroom Summary (updated Fall 2019) This form now has a front & a backside, so hopefully will capture more transferrable (soft) skills that will be important for students to have as they transition to life after high school.
There are several new forms that have been added to our MSF website. A few will be highlighted here, but we may have forgetten to note them all. Use as you need, and if you have any questions, please let us know!
First, hopefully by now all of you have received an updated copy of our Page B – Best Practices Fall 2019 – update. It is printed on bright green paper, if that helps you know which form we are referring to. This form REPLACES the one that is found in our Guiding Transition Booklet, since we updated the graduation requirement section due to the changes that took effect last year.
Next, we have updated the General Education Classroom Summary (updated Fall 2019) form. This form can be found under the TEACHERS tab, then the TRANSITION PLANNING FORMS tab, and you will find it listed in the column. We added four more questions to the bottom of the Likert Scale section, and moved the valuable teacher input to the back of the page. And soon we hope to share a google form version of this with you to use, if you prefer to get your input that way! Stay tuned!
Also new this year is the Competitive Employment Skills Sheet This can be found under the TEACHERS tab, then the TRANISITON PLANNING FORMS tab, then under the WORKING RESOURCES tab. Thanks to the Ft. Dodge teachers for sharing this great form that they developed! Whoo hoo! It is great because it gets the perspective from all three parties: the parent, the student, and the educator! Thanks Ft. Dodge!! 🙂
Check out the video link below! This is NOT new information, but it is in a NEW FORMAT. This video follows the text of the family guidance document on this topic. It is easy to watch and to listen to, and should be helpful to families.!
Please be sure to share this with your families!
Join us for the 2019 Make Your Mark! Conference. Sessions this year are focused on developing your leadership skills.
We are excited to be able to offer FREE registration for individuals with disabilities, family members and direct care support professionals accompanying a participant!* Attendance will be limited to the first 150 people to register. So don’t wait!
Please share this with any families that have middle school/high school students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This sounds like a fantastic day of learning about helping young adults on the spectrum transition to adult health care and specialty services. And remember, this conference is FREE! See the information below:
You must register by May 10th. Click REGISTER HERE to register
We had a great zoom meeting today, and the recording will be added under the EVENTS tab, then under the 2018-2019 recordings. We discussed multiple considerations for possible services and supports that families may want to consider for their child(ren) as appropriate. Topics discussed were:
- Photo ID
- Guardianship or Power of Attorney
- Psychological Evaluations
- Waiver Services
- Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services
- Selective Service
There are so many resources available, and it is hard to know what possible some of the options are for families. Please share this PDF or connect them to the recording. And if you have any specific questions, please let us know!
The video of our zoom can be found under the EVENTS tab on our website; go to AEA Zooms 2018-2019 and scroll down to find the link to watch the recorded zoom. There may be helpful discussion included on that based on the attached PDF above.
Last month our transition zoom was on the importance of letting go and helping encourage (model) self-advocacy skills for our students. This is a critical life skill that needs to be embedded into our students’ each and every day, in order to help prepare them for life after high school. Be sure to help them develop these important skills!
Please share this info with your teams, teachers, and families! This is important information to get out to our families of students who receive services through a waiver. See message below:
A third Managed Care Organization by the name of Iowa Total Care will be entering the system on July 1st. Medicaid recipients will be redistributed to include this third provider. Letters will be sent in March to families with an announcement of who their new MCO provider will be (if changed). If families are notified that they are reassigned and they want to stay with their current provider, they will have until June 18th to deny the change. The request to change to a different MCO will only be allowed at this time unless in an annual open enrollment period.
Your students/families who receive HCBS services will likely (with some exceptions) be getting a letter with information about their reassignment. Families need to be aware that they DO NOT have to accept this reassignment. They have until June 18 to make their wishes known or their reassignment will be enacted. Please review this information with families as you see fit.