Current Projects & Activities
- Support for Idaho Secondary Transition Institute
This capacity building Institute is supported by a collaboration of partners from the Idaho Interagency Council on Secondary Transition, including the Council. Educators, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors and school administrators receive information about best practice in secondary transition planning for students in special education. School districts teams from across Idaho spend time learning new strategies and developing district transition plans to improve post-secondary outcomes for students with disabilities. The Council helps in planning and implementation of this institute which is happening virtually in March and April 2021 – 2020/2021 Virtual Idaho Transition Institute. The next in-person institute will be held at Boise State University in November 2021.
- Animated Videos on Social Security Work Incentives
Six animated videos explaining Social Security work incentives have been created for Idaho. The information is presented in plain language and aims to help transition-age youth, their families and anyone with a disability understand strategies and resources available to help a person who receives public benefits go to work.
- Support for Development of IDVR Customized Employment Services
The Council helps with development and planning for implementation of the Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Customized Employment Services.
- Family Education in Transition Planning
The Council supports education and awareness for both students with disabilities and families about planning for transition and setting goals for the future. Our objective is to help families, students, and others have the skills needed to engage in a student-centered, strength-based transition planning process. Our focus on individual rights and self-determination in this area includes training and publications (below) about Supported Decision-Making as an alternative to guardianship. More information and resources can be found on the My Choice Matters website.
- Focus on Spanish-speaking Families
Council staff do outreach in the Latino community. Some of that work includes conferences and workshops provided in Spanish on transition-related topics to families, youth, and adults. Recent training has included two day-long conferences on planning for transition attended by families and their children and a workshop on Social Security Work Incentives and planning for employment. Presenters are Spanish-speakers and all materials are provided in Spanish.
- Core Gift Facilitation Core Gift Discovery is a promising practice to help an individual identify the most important contribution they can make to their community. Gifts can be used to help a young person decide on a vocational path that is meaningful to them, increase self-esteem, and be welcomed into a group. The Council has collaborated with the Idaho Dept. of Labor Disability Employment Initiative to provide training to special education teachers, Dept. of Labor career counselors, parent education coordinators, and others in how to facilitate the Core Gift Discovery process. These certified Core Gift Master Facilitators conduct interviews with students, educational staff, individuals and parents to help them identify their gifts, strengths, and contributions.
Publications Related to Goals & Objectives
- Expecting a Bright Future: Growing Towards Employment and Future Success
- Esperando un Futuro Brillante: Desarrollándose para el Empleo y Éxito Futuro
- What is Customized Employment?
Supported Decision Making
- My Voice Counts: Supported Decision-Making
- Mi Voz Cuenta: La Toma de Decisiones Apoyada
- Supporting Individuals to Live Full Lives: Supported Decision-Making and Guardianship Alternatives
- Apoyando Individuos a Vivir sus Vidas al Maximo: La Toma de Decisiones Apoyada y las Alternativas a la Tutela
- Education, Employment and Independent Living: Supported Decision-Making in Special Education Programs
- La Educacion, el Empleo y Vivir de Forma Independeniente: La Toma de Deciones Apoyada en los Programas de Educacion Especial
- Planning for the Rest of their Lives: Supported Decision Making in Transition Services
- Planeando para el Resto de sus Vidas: La Toma de Decisiones Apoyada en los Servicios de Transición
- Maximizing Employment and Independence: Supported Decision-Making in Vocational Rehabilitation Programs
- Maximizar el Empleo y la Independencia: La Toma de Decisiones Apoyada en los Programas de la Rehabilitación Vocacional
- Shelter from the Storm: Supported Decision Making and Emergency Planning
- El Refugio de la Tormenta: La Toma de Decisiones Apoyada y la Planificación de Emergencia
Related Materials & Resources
- Core Gift Institute
- Idaho Able to Work
- Social Security Income and Working: Animated Video Series – Idaho Department of Labor
- Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
- National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability – Youth
- Office on Disability Employment Policy – Customized Employment information and video examples
- Jobseeker Toolkit – Youth in Transition
- Jobseeker – ONLINE LEARNING MODULES
- My Choice Matters Idaho
- Road to Transition – A Guided Tour for Accessing Adult Services (Medicaid DD Services publication)
- Internet Assistance for Low-Income Families
Five-year Plan Goal
Goal 2: Youth and young adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities transition from school into an adult life that includes integrated employment, community engagement, and full citizenship.
- Each year of the plan, provide/support education and training for families, teachers, and other team members, to increase the number of youth/young adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities who experience a gift-focused and strength-based assessment and planning process.
- By September 2021, increase the percentage of youth/young adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities that achieve competitive integrated employment in the community by working with Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act partners and Medicaid to implement best practices in customized employment.