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The Medical field…….many opportunities …….many options

Again I have had the opportunity to have some first person experience that encourages me to blog to all of you.  I recently had same day out patient surgery at one of our local hospitals and again I was amazed at the number of people I interacted with before the day was done.  Being me, and with a slow weekend at home recuperating, I had plenty of time to think of the work opportunities I saw on Friday.  My mother (my driver) and I arrived at the hospital at 5:45 am and here is the list of people we encountered that day… valet, janitorial staff, greeter, same day surgery receptionist, hospital billing clerk, same day surgery registered nurse, anesthesiologist, certified nursing assistant (CNA) for same day surgery wing,  doctor, surgical nurses (2), surgical tech, recovery nurse, recovery CNA, hospital housekeeper, and my mom also had coffee at coffee shop where there were two people working, and visited the gift shop where there was one person working.    So lets count the workers up that we personally encountered-19 people!  In a short same day hospital stay I encountered 19 people working in some way or the other for the hospital!  And of course that’s not talking about all the behind the scenes people I didn’t encounter but who were busy that morning making a difference to my stay….the lab technicians, lab assistants, the computer network people, the hospital maintenance staff, the kitchen/cafeteria staff ect.  What I am actually trying to bring to your attention is that there is a variety of opportunities for many people to work in a hospital setting-or the medical field.  Many times we have students who want to enter the medical field….but the only jobs that they are thinking about are those that require extensive academic training that may or may not match their personal strengths and abilities….but what I want you as parents, teachers, and students to think about are the many support positions needed to keep a hospital setting working……the job field opens up greatly!   We need to encourage students to look at all options.   Thinking about these jobs and options for our students puts 21st century skills at the forefront….students need to understand how to follow directions,interact appropriately with others,  dress for success, be prompt, on time, and reliable, and be ready and willing to work!  I encourage you as parents and teachers, and as students thinking about the future to look at jobs and work sites like I did this last week… there an area there you would like to find out more about?  A job or a career interest to explore?  These are important conversations to have!  And don’t forget your school counselors and transition coordinators are also  people who can assist you in looking at future options!


Change in Age of Majority documentation on the new IEP

As with any new program, there is always a new learning curve.

For almost a decade, your transition coordinators have trained (and trained!) that Middle School Special Education teachers should almost NEVER have to fill in the dates for Age of Majority on Page A of the IEP.

If you don’t remember what Age of Majority is all about (because you didn’t need to know it!), filling in these dates meant that you distributed the Age of Majority – Parents Guide as well as the Age of Majority – Student Guide at the IEP meeting.  The date that this was done is documented in the notification blanks listed as student and parent.  (see sample below).  In order to meet compliance, this had to be documented prior to the student turning 17 years old.

  • Age of Majority phrase


The major change is that the new IEP form will not submit UNTIL these blanks are filled in for any student reaching transition age (13+) and up.  That means it will be the middle school special education teachers most often filling in these blanks and distributing the parent and student forms.

It does not seem realistic that many parents of 13½ year olds will be focusing on their child’s 18th birthday.  Since this information can be critically important for future planning,  it will probably mean that high school special education teachers will need to redistribute the Parent and Student Guides again, prior to the student’s 17th birthday.


If you have any questions, please be sure to contact your transition coordinator.


New IEP: Where is the Development of Work Box?

We hope you are all getting the hang of the new IEP form by now.   One important transition change we want to highlight involves the old Development of Work box on Page F (the services page) of the previous IEP.  Even though it now has a new title and a new look, it is still recommended to include this box on all secondary transition IEPs.

The old Development of Work box is now the “Transition Activities & Supports” box on the new IEP.

To add it, when you go to page F, click on the Activities tab:

You will need to add a box for the activity, so choose “Transition Activities & Supports” from the Select category drop down menu and click ADD.  (See the example below.)

IEP snipit

After you have added  the new box, type the same information here as  you would have in the old Development of Work box on the previous IEP form.  If you need help with possible suggestions for this section, please contact one of the transition coordinators and we will gladly help you with possible suggestions.