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Transition to Adulthood

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.

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.

Objective 2.1

  • 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.

Objective 2.2

  • 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.

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