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Collection | Empowering Successful Transitions to Adulthood with Evidence-Based Practices

Enroll in CEC’s On-Demand Empowering Successful Transitions to Adulthood with Evidence-Based Practices Collection. Whether you're a seasoned professional or new to the special education/transition field, this mini-series empowers you to make a difference. Join the conversation and unlock the potential for successful transitions for all! The collection is packed with culturally responsive evidence-based tools and strategies for effective transition planning. You can earn three (3) continuing education units (CEUs)!

Featuring six curated on-demand short courses, this collection is designed for those looking to enhance their work with students with disabilities preparing to move into adulthood. 

When you sign up, you will enjoy these benefits, as part of the CEC Learning Library experience:

  • Start learning immediately after registering
  • Take the on-demand courses when and where you want
  • One year to complete the collection of courses
  • Earn a certificate for 4 CEUs for completing the collection
  • View the rest of the CEC Learning Library catalog. CEC members get FREE access to over 150 webinars covering over 100 categories
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Non-Members $99

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Included Courses (6)

Presenters: Dr. Valerie Mazzotti

Time: 30 minutes


In this 30-minute presentation, we will explore the crucial aspect of transition planning and delve into the "why" behind it. Transition planning plays a vital role in supporting young people with disabilities as they navigate the journey to adulthood. By giving voice to youth and recognizing the significance of their cultural assets, we can create a more inclusive and empowering transition process.


During this session, we will discuss the importance of engaging youth voice in transition planning. We will explore strategies to actively involve young people in decision-making processes, allowing them to express their needs, aspirations, and goals. By understanding their unique perspectives, we can better align transition plans with their individual strengths and aspirations.


Furthermore, we will emphasize the significance of cultural assets in transition planning. Cultural assets encompass the cultural, linguistic, and community-based strengths that individuals bring to the table. By recognizing and incorporating these assets, we can create transition plans that are culturally responsive, affirming identity, and fostering a sense of belonging for young people.


Through real-life examples and practical tips, this presentation aims to equip professionals, educators, and all transition stakeholders with the knowledge and tools needed to amplify youth voice and embrace cultural assets in transition planning. Join us to discover how by placing young people at the center of their own journeys and celebrating their diverse backgrounds, we can foster successful transitions into adulthood.  

Presenters: Rebekka Jez

Time: 42 minutes


In this short session, we will explore the essential components of culturally responsive transition planning and how they contribute to successful adulthood for individuals with diverse backgrounds. Transition planning is a critical process that helps young people navigate the journey to adulthood. By incorporating culturally responsive practices, we can ensure that transition plans are inclusive, equitable, and meaningful.


During this session, we will discuss the Age of Majority and its significance in transition planning. Understanding the legal and developmental aspects of reaching adulthood is crucial for designing appropriate supports and services. We will explore the implications of the Age of Majority and how it impacts decision-making, rights, and responsibilities for individuals with disabilities with diverse cultural backgrounds.


Another essential element of transition planning is the establishment of measurable post-secondary goals. We will delve into the importance of setting specific, achievable goals that reflect the individual's aspirations, strengths, and cultural context. By aligning transition plans with these goals, we can empower individuals to pursue their desired adult learning, living, and working roles.


Furthermore, we will explore predictors and evidence-based practices that can inform culturally responsive transition planning. By examining research and best practices, we can identify strategies that have been proven effective in supporting successful transitions for individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds. We will highlight key practices that promote inclusion, self-determination, and community engagement.


Join us for an engaging session that combines theoretical frameworks, practical examples, and interactive discussions. Together, we will explore the importance of culturally responsive transition planning and discover how it can promote meaningful and successful transitions to adulthood for individuals with disabilities from diverse cultural backgrounds.  

Presenters: Dr. Stacie Dojonovic & Dr. Janice Seabrooks-Blackmore

Time: 30 minutes


In this 30-minute presentation, we will delve into the critical role of ongoing age-appropriate transition assessment in guiding effective transition planning for students. Transition planning is a dynamic process that requires up-to-date information about students' strengths, interests, and support needs. By utilizing ongoing assessment, we can gather valuable data to inform decision-making, shape course of study, and guide the development of meaningful activities.


A crucial aspect of utilizing ongoing assessment data is its direct connection to developing a student's course of study. We will discuss how assessment results can inform the selection of appropriate academic and vocational courses, helping students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for their desired post-secondary goals. By aligning a student's course of study with their aspirations and abilities, we can enhance their post-school outcomes.


Additionally, we will explore how ongoing assessment can be used to develop students' engagement in activities beyond the classroom. We will discuss how assessment results can inform the identification of meaningful extracurricular activities, internships, or community involvement opportunities. By tailoring these activities to students' interests and strengths, we can promote their personal growth, skill development, and social connections.


Throughout the session, we will share practical examples and evidence-based strategies for conducting ongoing age-appropriate transition assessments. We will discuss various assessment tools and approaches that professionals can use to gather comprehensive data about students' abilities, interests, and support needs. Moreover, we will emphasize the importance of involving students in the assessment process, ensuring their active participation and ownership of their transition plans.


Join us for an engaging and informative session that explores the transformative potential of ongoing age-appropriate transition assessment. By harnessing the power of assessment data, we can drive effective transition planning, shape students' with disabilities course of study, and provide them with the opportunities they need to thrive in their journey toward adulthood.  

Presenters: Malarie Deardorff

Time: 30 minutes


Join us for this 30-minute session designed to equip educators with evidence-based practices for delivering effective transition services that promote post-secondary education success. In this session, participants will be introduced to promising strategies identified by respected organizations such as DCDT Partners; NTACT:C, the Zarrow Institute, and ThinkCollege. Participants will gain practical insights on incorporating these factors into their transition education to better support students with disabilities in achieving their post-secondary education goals.


Throughout the session, participants will have the opportunity to explore and understand the key factors that contribute to post-secondary education success. By delving into evidence-based practices, educators will discover effective approaches for developing and delivering transition services that are tailored to support students' unique needs and aspirations.


Learning Objectives for this webinar include:

  • Understanding the promising factors that contribute to post-secondary education success for students with disabilities.
  • Learning how to utilize evidence-based practices to develop and deliver transition services that effectively support students in achieving their post-secondary education goals.  

Presenters: Al Daviso & Joana Idakwo-Agha

Time: 30 minutes


Join us for this 30-minute session focused on promising practices in transition services that can significantly enhance employment outcomes for students. This session will provide participants with a comprehensive overview of evidence-based strategies and approaches that have proven effective in supporting youth with disabilities as they transition into the workforce.


Throughout the session, participants will explore various key components of successful employment transitions. We will emphasize the importance of early career exploration and the development of clear career goals. By empowering students to explore their interests, strengths, and aspirations, we can guide them towards meaningful career paths.


The session will also highlight the significance of person-centered planning and self-determination in fostering the agency and independence of youth with disabilities. Participants will gain insights into how these approaches can be incorporated into transition planning to support students in achieving their employment goals.


Learning objectives for this webinar include:

  • Understanding the importance of evidence-based practices in transition to improve employment outcomes for all youth.
  • Identifying promising practices for career exploration, job skill development, and job retention specifically tailored for youth with disabilities.
  • Exploring strategies for building strong partnerships with employers to create inclusive and supportive work environments for students with disabilities.

Through engaging discussions, practical examples, and actionable tips, participants will leave this session equipped with valuable knowledge and strategies to enhance their transition service provision. Join us to discover how you can positively impact the employment outcomes of your students and help them succeed in their transition to the workforce.  

Presenters: Tara Rowe

Time: 30 minutes


Join us for this 30-minute session focused on equipping educators and professionals with the tools and strategies to prepare students for adult roles and responsibilities. The session will kick off with a brief introduction emphasizing the significance of community participation in the transition process and its profound impact on achieving independent living and all adult life goals.


Throughout the session, participants will delve into evidence-based practices that are closely tied to community participation. We will explore various aspects of community engagement, including identifying and accessing community resources, building social networks, developing self-advocacy skills, and promoting inclusive attitudes within the community.


By the end of this session, participants will have gained practical knowledge and actionable strategies to better prepare students for adult roles and responsibilities through community participation. Join us as we explore evidence-based practices, share insights, and empower our students to navigate their future with confidence and independence.  

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