A partnership involving students with disabilities, families, school and post-school service personnel, local community representatives, and employers. All students leave school to transition into their adult lives. "Transition" describes that critical transformation and includes the education, legal information, planning, and community connections of our special education students need to achieve adult goals.
Who Should Attend?
Parents/Guardians/Family members who have a young adult with a disability, teachers, school staff, and others who are interested in helping students transition to life after school.
Please be sure to indicate which workshop(s) you plan to attend. You will receive a confirmation email, including a Zoom link to access the workshop. There must be a minimum of 5 attendees registered by the deadline date or the event will be canceled.
The Differences Between High School and College: Preparing Your Student for Success (GRCC)
Tuesday, April 27th from 6:00-7:00pm
DEADLINE TO REGISTER April 21st
Presenter: Sulari White, Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) Academic Advisor / Associate Professor
With your support (parents/guardians and family members), students with disabilities can continue their education in postsecondary schools, including vocational and career schools, two- and four- year colleges, and universities. This session will inform you of what to expect and accommodations available to your student. Being well informed will help ensure your student’s success!
Accessing Resources through Disability Network Lakeshore (DNL) and Brief Overview of Benefits for Young Adults with a Disability
Tuesday, May 25th from 6:00-7:00pm
DEADLINE TO REGISTER May 19th
Presenters: Kristin Myers and Angela Mitchell – Disability Network Lakeshore
Disability Network Lakeshore is a local non-profit agency serving individuals and businesses in Ottawa and Allegan counties. This session will consist of an introduction to the five core services that Disability Network Lakeshore focuses on, and how that correlates to the mission which is to connect people with disabilities to resources and opportunities while building communities where everyone can participate, contribute, and belong. During the second portion of the program, participants will be provided information on federal and state benefits for young adults with disabilities and how benefits are impacted by employment. In addition, ABLE Accounts, Special Needs Trusts, and Social Security and Age 18 Redeterminations will be discussed.