Lexington Awarded $28,500 in Grants from NYSARC Trust Services

Lexington, a not-for-profit organization supporting people with disabilities in Fulton County, has been awarded $28,500 in grants from the Trustee management Board of NYSARC Trust Services to support Lexington’s guardianship and recreation programs.

NYSARC Trust Services administers supplemental needs trusts (SNT) that can make dramatic improvements to the lives of people with disabilities while enabling individuals to maintain eligibility for public benefits programs, such as Medicaid and SSI. For 2017, NYSARC Trust Services is proud to fulfill its commitment to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities by awarding a total of $2,793,500 in grants to NYSARC Chapters statewide.

This year, Lexington received $28,500 to provide guardianship services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who would not otherwise have a legal guardian or advocate. Supported by Chapter staff and community volunteers, the Lexington Guardianship program currently provides guardianship supports and services to five people and is ready to assist three more as a Standby or Alternate Standby guardian.

NYSARC Trust Services has administered supplemental needs trusts since 1972, helping more than 16,000 people with disabilities protect their eligibility for government benefits and improve their quality of life. Our trust programs give people with disabilities the opportunity to remain in their communities with greater comfort and independence while providing peace of mind to their family and loved ones.

NYSARC Trust Services administers first- and third-party supplemental needs trusts, pooled trusts for income and resource (asset) protection, and individual trusts. When protecting settlement proceeds with a NYSARC Community Trust, we can also administer Medicare Set-Aside (MSA) accounts. For more information, please call (518) 439-8323 or visit us online www.nysarctrustservices.org.

Transitions Now Offering Let's Get Organized Classes

If you know a young adult who has trouble with organization, getting things done on time, handling papers or homework, and overall doing tasks that require “executive functioning,” we have a solution. Starting April 25th, we are presenting Let’s Get Organized!, a series of classes aimed at improving these skills for youth with learning differences.

What:
• Curriculum “Seeing My Time” by Marydee Sklar- visual tools for executive functioning success
• Classes cover self-assessment, organization, time management, handling papers and using a planner

Who:
• Teens or young adults ages 15-20

Where:
Transitions
2736 State Highway 30
Mayfield, NY 12117

When:
• April 25, May 2, May 9 from 5 pm to 6:30 pm. These three classes cover part of the curriculum, with more classes planned in the future

Taught by:
• Certified “Seeing My Time” instructors Erin Hollenbeck and Heidi West

Cost:
• Cost is $49 for the three classes

For more information and to register, please contact:
Terry Williams, Transitions Admissions Coordinator
(518) 775-5384 admissions@transitionsusa.org

Family fun events at the Nigra Arts Center this weekend!

The weekend of December 10 and 11 will be full of holiday fun for families with children of all ages at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts.

The arts center will host its Polar Express Celebration for the second consecutive year on Saturday, December 10, from noon to 3 p.m. Children and their families are welcome to join the celebration as the center transforms into the North Pole. Attendees will enjoy crafts, live entertainment and all kinds of family fun inspired by Chris Van Allsburg’s classic book “The Polar Express.” Concessions will be available for purchase and Santa Claus, the guest of honor, will be available for photos. Admission is $5 to benefit the Nigra Arts Center or a new, unwrapped toy to benefit Toys for Tots.

The arts center will also host a Sensory Santa event on Sunday, December 11, 2-4 p.m. Sensory Santa is ideal for children with special needs such as autism and sensory processing disorders who may be overwhelmed by large crowds, bright lights and loud music. Children will meet with Sensory Santa alone in a quiet, soothing atmosphere, where they will receive individualized attention. Sensory Santa’s suit will be extra soft for a comforting sensory experience and there will be no nearby distractions such as elves, colorful decorations or blinking lights. While they wait to meet with Sensory Santa, children will be provided with coloring books and crayons. Attendees may register in advance by calling (518) 661-9932 or visiting www.pncreativeartscenter.org.

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is located at 2736 State Highway 30, Gloversville. For more information about these events or the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts, visit www.pncreativeartscenter.org or call (518) 661-9932.

Register Now for Lexington's 22nd Annual Family Services Conference!

Lexington - Fulton County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc., will hold its 22nd Annual Family Services Conference on Thursday, November 10. This conference is an opportunity for parents and families of individuals with disabilities, professionals who support individuals with disabilities and individuals with disabilities themselves to meet and share stories, strategies and resources for supporting young people with disabilities.
                The conference will feature nine guest speakers presenting on a variety of topics about parenting, teaching and supporting individuals with differences. First, presenting both the keynote presentation, “The Movement of Imperfection,” and a breakout session, “Voices of Imperfection,” are Gina (Terrasi) Gallagher and Patricia Terrasi. The sisters are the co-authors of “Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid: A Survival Guide for Ordinary Parents of Special Children,” a book about the frustrations, sadness and stigmas they face as parents of children with disabilities. The book provides advice on all aspects of parenting children with special needs, such as finding support groups and fighting for in-school supports.
                The conference will also welcome Bethany Youngs, LCSW, and Joy Stockwell, Self-Direction specialist for OPWDD, as they present “Exploring Self-Direction.” Youngs has more than 10 years of experience in non-profit agencies and has been with the OPWDD Self-Direction unit since September 2016. Stockwell has been with OPWDD for 29 years, serving as a direct support professional and a Self-Direction liaison for the Capital District. Both women are dedicated to helping individuals live the lives they want through the Self-Direction program, which lets them to choose the supports they want and which staff and organizations provide them.
                Tina Beauparlant will present “Future Planning from a Parent and Advocate’s Perspective.” Beauparlant is a regional program manager, education specialist, program assistant and educational advocacy specialist with the Capital District of Parent to Parent of NYS. Her presentation will focus on preparing for your child’s future and making sure their needs are met.
                Another keynote address will be presented by Megan O’Connor, OPWDD’s Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Service Delivery – Regional Offices. O’Connor began her career as a direct support professional at an OPWDD provider agency and worked her way up to leadership. She has been with OPWDD since 2012, when she accepted the position of Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Quality Improvement, and in her current role she oversees and manages OPWDD Regional Office Operations.
                Steve Szalowski, LCSW-R, will present “Social Physics: The Paradox of Behavior.” Szalowski helps individuals develop strategies to develop functional independence in an ever-changing world of social, academic, professional and familial expectations. He has coordinated and co-facilitated more than 100 groups for school-aged individuals on the autism spectrum in grades 3 through 12. His presentation will cover how to adjust behavior to the social physics of the moment for more success with homework, social situations, participation in home activities and more.
                Jordan Jankus will present “Tech for Life: Apps for Empowerment, Learning and Fun!” Jankus is a technologist at the Arc of Westchester and the father of a daughter with developmental disabilities. In searching for ways to empower her, he became involved in assistive technology and now supports individuals with person-centered technology solutions. His presentation will explore apps available for smart phones and tablets that help people achieve increased independence and greater access to the community.
                Julia Kelly, assistant coordinator of Statewide Special Employment Programs for OPWDD will present “Pathway to Employment.” Kelly served as co-chairperson of the NYS APSE’s Legislative Committee for more than 15 years and was a member of ACCES-VR’s Statewide Policy and Procedure Committee. Her presentation will provide information on how Pathway to Employment, a new OPWDD service, comprehensively plans and prepares for an individual’s employment to achieve successful job matches in the community.
                The conference will begin with registration at 8 a.m. and will continue until 4 p.m. To register and arrange for transportation and respite/childcare, please call Lexington Family Services at (518) 773-2014. The cost is $75 for professionals and free for parents, families and individuals with disabilities. Attendees may pay at the door or mail registration and payment to Lexington Family Services at 43 Harrison Street, Gloversville, NY 12078.

Register now for upcoming PEERS® Social Success Courses!

Is there a young adult in your life who could use some help in social situations? Starting October 24, we are presenting PEERS®, an in-depth course aimed at helping young people succeed socially. Anyone within the targeted age group can register.

What is PEERS®?
• The Program for the Evaluation and Enrichment of Relational Skills
• A parent-assisted intervention which is focused on teens in middle and high school who are having trouble making and keeping friends. The intervention is currently being researched with young adults as well.
• Developed at UCLA in 2005 by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson and Dr. Fred Frankel

PEERS® may help the students with:
• Interacting with others through conversations
• Choosing friends
• Entering groups
• Building confidence in social situations
• Navigating teasing and bullying
• And much more!

Who may benefit from the PEERS® course?
• PEERS® has a strong evidence based use with teens with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and is currently being researched with young adults with ASD. It has been studied in those with ADHD and because it targets skill development, it may have widespread benefit.
• Studies have demonstrated applicability to children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and problems with obesity.
• We are accepting young adults 18 and up. Instructors will interview to ensure participants would benefit from the group.

Important facts:
• Each student must also have a “coach” attend a separate session offered at the same time as the participant’s session, led by a different instructor.
• The coach can be a parent or caregiver who lives with or can work with the participant regularly enough during the week between sessions to reinforce skills learned and help the student do assigned tasks.
• This is a 14 week class, offered Mondays from October 24 through January 30 from 6pm to 7:30pm. (No class December 26.)
• The cost is $350 or $25 per week and covers both the student and the coach. Scholarships may be available upon request.
• The instructors for this course are Certified PEERS® Instructors Victoria Morrison, SLP; Mary Kaye Ormiston, MS Ed. Psy, speech-language therapist and behaviorist; Kathy Simone, BA Ed., Director of Employment Resources; and Amy Wilson, MA Ed., Medicaid Service Coordinator

Where:
Transitions
2736 State Highway 30 | Mayfield, NY 12117
www.transitionsusa.org

For more information and to register, call Nancy DeSando at (518) 773-2050 or email desandn@lexcenter.org.

Marydee Sklar is Coming to Transitions on October 18 to discuss Building Executive Function Skills: Time Management, Planning and Organization!

Everyone struggles to stay on top of things sometimes, but does your student, son or daughter have frequent and serious trouble with:

  • Procrastination?
  • Staying focused?
  • Losing track of time?
  • Turning in assignments late, incomplete or not at all?
  • Losing belongings?
  • Starting and/or completing things?
  • Managing multi-step tasks?
  • Acting without thinking?

If you answered yes to several of these questions, you might benefit from attending Marydee Sklar’s seminar on:
Building Executive Function Skills: Time Management, Planning and Organization

This is an interactive, hands-on workshop that will give you tools to help students understand the connection between their brain development and their behaviors tied to time management, planning and organization. You will come away armed with tools, strategies and practical knowledge to help students strengthen executive function skills and become more productive. Feel free to apply what you’ve learned to improve your own time management as well!

For nearly twenty years Marydee Sklar has specialized in teaching the executive function skills of time management, planning, and organization to families and adults. Her latest book: 50 Tips to Help Students Succeed-Develop Your Student’s Time-Management and Executive Skills for Life is designed to bring relief to anxious and frustrated parents concerned about the school success of their child or teen. Her Seeing My Time books are used in private practice settings, middle schools, high schools, and colleges. The instructor’s manual for her Seeing My Time workbook won a gold medal in the education/academia category of the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. More information may be found at https://executivefunctioningsuccess.com.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Lexington SELF-Advocates Meet Senator Charles Schumer!

On Wednesday, March 30, several staff and Lexington Self-Advocates traveled to the Wildwood School in Schenectady for a press conference where United States Senator Charles Schumer, NY spoke about his new Bill, The Disability Integration Act of 2015.

Lexington Self-Advocates Zach Durkee and Jose Kemp in the front row

Lexington Self-Advocates Zach Durkee and Jose Kemp in the front row

Lexington Self-Advocate Dennis Hoyer shakes Senator Schumer's hand

Lexington Self-Advocate Dennis Hoyer shakes Senator Schumer's hand

Senator Charles Schumer  

Senator Charles Schumer

 

Lexington Self-Advocate Grace Rhodes meets Senator Schumer

Lexington Self-Advocate Grace Rhodes meets Senator Schumer

According to a press release issued by his office, this new legislation will help individuals with disabilities live more independently by providing necessary at-home and community-based services and supports. Specifically, the legislation ensures that any individual who is found eligible for institutional care must also be given the option to receive the same necessary services and supports at home, or in a setting of their choosing, that would have otherwise been provided in an institutional setting. This legislation gives individuals with disabilities the option to live more independently, and in the comfort of their own home, rather than in an institutional facility away from their friends and family. This legislation will also help ease the financial burden of those who do not want to live in a facility and may be paying high out-of-pocket insurance costs for in-home services and supports. The bill will help alleviate the emotional burden that family members are often faced with when taking care of their loved ones with disabilities who are not receiving the necessary services and supports.

“Individuals with disabilities have the right to live independent, fulfilling lives amongst their families and friends – but right now, they are often denied the kind of at-home services and supports that then keep them in institutional settings, far from their loved ones and communities. We need to be doing everything in our power to make sure they have the resources needed to live and thrive in the comfort of their own homes,” said Schumer. “This legislation will finally give individuals with disabilities the option to receive these types of services at home, so that they can continue living life to the fullest in their own communities.”

The Disability Integration Act ensures that any individual with a disability who is found eligible for institutional care must be given the option to receive the necessary services that allow them to be more independent. If passed, this legislation would prohibit public entities and insurance providers that pay for long-term services and supports (LTSS) from using waiting lists, screening people out, capping services, under-paying workers for services or taking any other actions that would restrict the home- and community-based services provided to people with disabilities. The Disability Integration Act specifically defines LTSS as the assistance provided to individuals with disabilities in accomplishing, acquiring the means or ability to accomplish, maintaining, or enhancing activities of daily living, instrumental activities of daily living, health-related tasks or other related functions, tasks or activities. For example, LTSS programs might include help with eating, bathing, dressing, preparing food, managing medication and housekeeping.

 

Lexington Center Adaptive Sports Programming By Chris Shook

Transitions alumnus Chris Shook, an aspiring journalist, interned in the Lexington Communications Department during his time at the program. One of his assignments at the internship was to write an article about a Lexington topic, and he chose the adaptive sports program. Read on to hear his take on how Lexington gives the people it supports new and exciting athletic experiences in the outdoors!


Lexington Center Adaptive Sports Programming
By Chris Shook

Having a physical or developmental difference shouldn’t prevent anyone from having fun or participating in sports. Lexington believes this wholeheartedly, and for that reason they provide two related athletic programs to the people they support: adaptive sports and the Special Olympics.

The adaptive sports are regular sports modified to fit individuals who are differently abled. The adaptations cater to individuals who are blind or have problems with mobility – namely, those who are in a wheelchair. The program at Lexington takes its participants sailing in the summertime and skiing in the winter.

The Special Olympics are typically for people with intellectual differences. Today Special Olympics programs provide year-round training and competition to people in 170 countries around the world, but the organization started out much smaller. In 1962, Eunice Kennedy Shriver noticed that people with intellectual differences had few opportunities and felt they were being treated unfairly. She began it that summer as a day camp in her back yard. Similar camps started growing across the country and by 1968, the program had spread to Canada as well. The first international games were held that year in Chicago. Now, more than 4 million athletes compete in Special Olympics games internationally each year, with events held every day at every level on every continent.

Lexington incorporates their adaptive sports program into their Special Olympics games. In addition to sailing and skiing, Lexington Special Olympic athletes compete in softball, basketball, volleyball, hula-hooping, 125-meter dashes, bobsled, Frisbee, and track and field. There are some adaptations in the other sports as well; for example, the baskets are lower than typical in basketball and softball uses larger bases. The games take place at Lexington’s location at the former Bishop Burke High School. Eighty-five percent of the athletes who participate earn a medal.

In past years, there have been about 30 athletes in the sailing program and about 15 in skiing. The skiing began 10 to 12 years ago, while sailing was added to the program 8 years ago. Skiing is available from January until April at Windham Mountain Ski Resort in the Catskill Mountains and sailing takes place from June to September at Lake George.

“The athletes receive help from people who are trained by people who specialize in helping people with disabilities,” said Bonnie Reuss, the administrator of the adaptive sports program at Lexington. She added that she is “proud of the accomplishments of the athletes.”

According to Reuss, sailing is a bit easier for the athletes than skiing. Staff use Hoyer Lifts to get the athletes onto the boats, which have to be very stable, and they go sailing in the afternoon. 

The skiers, who are a bit more adventurous, navigate the slopes in the mornings on bi-skis. These special pieces of equipment, which look like chairs with skis on the bottom, are specifically designed for individuals with mobility challenges. Other individuals can ski behind the bi-skiers and help guide them down the slopes.

Athletes who participate in adaptive sports must practice frequently and exercise patience. They do compete with each other, but it’s really more about fun. Lexington’s adaptive sports have all been successful – in more than ten years, there have been no injuries and everyone has been well prepared. Lexington is looking to add more sports to the program so athletes can have even more opportunities to experience the gratification and exhilaration of sports.

The athletes seem to enjoy participating in the adaptive sports program, too. Crystal White has done adaptive sailing as well as the Special Olympics, and she loved her experiences. White competed in beanbag throwing and finished second in the wheelchair races last spring’s games. She said the Special Olympics coaches and volunteers are absolutely essential to the success of the competition.

“The way they help us compete is by setting up practice rounds,” she said, “and they require us to do 12 practices to see what level we’re on.”    

One of those coaches is Lynette May. She was a volunteer for 15 years until 2011, when she decided to become an official coach. May coaches the Frisbee activities and the 125-meter dashes. Teams are separated not by gender, but by level of skill and capability. May said the age group of athletes ranges from 20 to 80 and older – whoever wants to participate is welcome.

Lexington has many adaptive sports athletes, all of whom had to overcome their challenges to play sports. Lexington has had a lot of success getting these unique individuals who wanted to participate in sports the chance to shine, an opportunity they don’t often get.

The benefit of this program isn’t just in fitness goals achieved or medals won. More than that, it’s the sense of pride and confidence the experience gives the athletes. If they see that they can participate in these sports despite their differences, it proves to them they can do anything they want.

LEXINGTON RECEIVES NYSARC TRUST RECREATION GRANT

The NYSARC Trust Services Board has provided Lexington, Fulton County Chapter, NYSARC Inc., with a remainder fund grant of $8,000 to provide recreational opportunities for people supported by Lexington. Last year, Lexington received a similar grant from NYSARC Trust Services for $10,000 that went toward purchasing recreational game equipment such as foosball tables, ping pong tables, air hockey tables and pool tables.

The funding is providing for Encounters, a social club that brings together young people from all over Lexington, the community and other agencies and helps combat the isolation that often follows graduation from school. Funds from the grant will be used to purchase long-lasting materials such as video game equipment, snow shoes, art supplies and games. The grant will also support other, less durable expenses that generate excitement and keep the group engaged, such as promotional items, catering and gift certificates to defray the costs of some activities.

In addition, remainder fund grants totaling $1,466,000 were awarded to support NYSARC guardianship programs statewide and a total of $1,874,000 in remainder grants were awarded in 2015 to support recreation and guardianship statewide. NYSARC Trust Services administers supplemental needs trusts that enable people with disabilities to remain in their home and community while retaining Medicaid services and other government benefits. Information about how NYSARC Trust Services may benefit you is available by visiting www.nysarctrustservices.org, calling 1-518-439-8323 or 1-800-735-8924 (toll-free), or e-mailing info@nysarctrustservices.org.

For more information about Encounters, Lexington’s members-only social club, please contact Katherine Ehle at ehlek@lexcenter.org or (518) 736-3909.

Transitions presents PEERS® Social Success Course

Is there a young adult in your life who could use some help in social situations?
Starting this January, Transitions is presenting PEERS®,
an in-depth course aimed at
helping young people succeed socially. Anyone within the targeted age group can register.

What is PEERS®?
• The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills
• A manualized social skills training intervention for adolescents and young adults
• Developed at UCLA in 2005 by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson and
• Dr. Fred Frankel

PEERS® will help the students with:
• Interacting with others
• Developing relationships
• Entering groups
• Building confidence in social situations
• Navigating bumps in relationships
• And more!

Who can take the PEERS® course?
• PEERS® has a strong evidence base for use with teens and young adults with autism spectrum disorder.
• It is also appropriate for teens and young adults with ADHD, anxiety, depression and other socioemotional problems.
• Students should be either high schoolers in grades 9 to 12 or young adults ages 18 to 26.
• Each student must also have a “coach” attend sessions at the same time as them with a different instructor.
     o Coaches can be parents, caregivers, siblings or anyone committed to helping the student
     succeed socially.
     o Coaches will learn to develop and encourage the skills learned.

Important facts:
• This 16-week course takes place every Tuesday from January 5 to April 19 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
• The cost is $350 and covers both the student and the coach. Scholarships may be available upon request.
• All classes take place at Transitions, 2736 State Highway 30, Gloversville, 12078.
• The instructors for this course are Certified PEERS® Instructors Mary Kaye Ormiston, speech-language therapist and behaviorist, and Victoria Morrison, speech-language pathologist.

For more information and to register, call Terry Williams at (518) 775-5384 or email williat@lexcenter.org.

Click here to download a flyer.

Victor Colon Elected to SANYS Board

Lexington's own Victor Colon was recently elected by the self-advocates at the 2015 SANYS Capital District Regional Conference to be their new board member. Victor will represent the Capital Region and attend 4 board meetings throughout the year with the Self-Advocacy Association of NYS’ Statewide Board. Victor will serve on the board for a 3 year term during which time he will assist with the overall operations of SANYS. He will also be afforded many exciting advocacy opportunities such as participating in Legislative Day, meeting with the Commissioner of OPWDD and providing input on concerns or issues that affect individuals with disabilities in the State of New York.

Victor is very much looking forward to joining the board and participating in their important advocacy efforts. "I can help the people Lexington supports speak up for themselves," said Victor. "If they have any problems or concerns, they can see me. I'm always here for them. I'm so grateful they voted for me and I believe that I'll do a good job representing the Capital Region. I'm so glad to be a part of SANYS. I can't wait to work with them for three years."

Cynthia Gilchrist, the Capital/Upper Hudson Valley Regional Coordinator of Sanys said, "We are very excited to have Victor represent the self-advocates in our Capital Region."

Congratulations on this awesome accomplishment, Victor!

October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month!

October is Down Syndrome Awareness month, a chance for us to celebrate people with Down syndrome and let people know about their abilities and accomplishments! Because it’s always about what someone can do, never about what they can’t. 

Ross Carangelo works on a painting at the Northville Art Center.

There are many extraordinary individuals with Down syndrome in the Lexington family. For example, Ross Carangelo is an accomplished artist in the Creative Expressions program. His paintings are both beautiful and in high demand – sometimes they sell before he even exhibits them at the many art shows he has taken part in. In 2013 he won the Curators Award at the “Through My Eyes” exhibit at Saratoga Bridges and in December 2014 one of his paintings was accepted into the Arkell Museum at Canajoharie’s Annual Juried Art Show, one of 37 chosen from artists of all kinds across New York State.

Shawn Lehr performs with Flame.

Shawn Lehr is a member of Flame. His dancing and comedy acts are valuable additions to the band’s charming stage appeal. As part of Flame, Shawn has toured all over the United States and performed overseas, spreading a message of inspiration and awareness to an international audience. 

Transitions to Present Free Webcast Series Hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Transition Innovation

Transitions, a supportive apprenticeship program for young adults with learning differences who want to attend college, get a job or live independently, is excited to announce a 3-part webcast series regarding the transition of youth and young adults with autism spectrum disorders from high school to postsecondary education and the community. In these free webcasts, hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Transition Innovation, Shaloni Winston and Nancy DeSando will discuss their practices and efforts with youth and young adults with autism spectrum disorders. College opportunities for people with autism and learning disabilities will be included in the discussion.

On Aug. 12 at 3 p.m., the public can view “Transition to Postsecondary Education for Students with ASD: What Families and Students Need to Know.” This webcast will highlight efforts in upstate New York to promote the transition process to postsecondary education for students with ASD. Suggestions for parents and students will be provided.

On Aug. 27 at 3 p.m., the public can view “What Works: Person Centered Planning for the Transition Process to Postsecondary Education.” This webcast will focus on how Lexington, the Fulton County chapter of NYSARC, Inc., uses a person-centered planning process for youth with ASD as they transition to postsecondary education and training.

Finally, on Sept. 9 at 3 p.m., the public can view “Transition to Independent Living Settings for Youth with ASD.” Staff from the Transitions will provide tips based on their work with young adults as they make the transition to independent living.

The sessions are prerecorded, but viewers who have questions can email them to the presenters. The webcasts will also be archived on the Center on Transition Innovation’s website. For more information and to register for the series, visit www.centerontransition.org/training/upcoming.cfm.

What:  Transitions to Postsecondary Education webcast series presented by Shaloni Winston and Nancy DeSando, hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Transition Innovation

When:  WEDNESDAY, AUG. 12, 2015 3 P.M.
             THURSDAY, AUG. 27, 2015 3 P.M.
             WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 9, 2015 3 P.M.

Where:  Hosted online at www.centerontransition.org

Cost : FREE

Contact and Pre-Registration info:  www.centerontransition.org/training/upcoming.cfm

About VCU Center on Transition Innovation
The VCU Center on Transition Innovation is a portal of information for the transition of youth with disabilities out of supportive environments into competitive employment and higher education. It provides resources, research, fact sheets, demonstration, emerging practices, online courses, videos, webcasts and more to educators, parents, professionals and others with an interest in supporting young adults with learning differences to lead independent lives. Visit www.centerontransition.org for more information.

About Transitions
Transitions is a supportive apprenticeship for young men and women with autism spectrum disorders including Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD, dyslexia, nonverbal learning disabilities, visual or hearing impairments, medical conditions and other learning differences who want to attend college and/or prepare for a career, but may require academic, social, medical and/or emotional support. The Transitions program’s curriculum focuses on building academic, employment, life and general independence skills.  Both full-year College and Career Apprenticeship programs are offered, as well as a three-week Summer Immersion Experience.  Visit www.transitionsusa.org for more information.