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#Transition Truths: An Overview of Transition Systems

The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability’s online tool,  “Transition Truths: An Overview of Transition Systems”  can serve as an introduction to transition for youth and families. The online information page offers a basic explanation of the various systems with which students with disabilities and their families often interact. The Transition Truths Overview describes 11 different systems (e.g., developmental disabilities, Social Security, postsecondary education, workforce development), outlining how the system works, what people and places are a part of the system, policies and programs related to the system, and eligibility for programs and services. Students, families, and educators will find the information informative and helpful in transition planning. Combining the NCWD tool with a transition timeline or checklist might also be a plus.  Here’s one example  from our colleagues at the Indiana Resource Center for Autism


This article is focused on helping you get organized, build your support team, make time for self-care, and seek professional therapy when necessary. For more than sixteen years, our family has been navigating life with a child who has profound disabilities and complex medical challenges. I’ve learned firsthand that parenting a child with special needs is physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually challenging. But, I’ve also discovered that hope and happiness are attainable at every step of the way.  Click   here  to read the whole article. BY MICHELE ROSNER | JANUARY 2019 

OSERS posts four new letters : Special Education

WASHINGTON, DC (Feb. 13, 2019) – The U.S. Department of Education released four letters responding to requests for guidance Jan. 29. The letters address students with disabilities in correctional facilities, discipline procedures, children with disabilities place in private schools by their parents, and response to intervention. Letter on students with disabilities in correctional facilities Letter on discipline procedures Letter on children with disabilities place in private schools by their parents Letter on response to intervention View all policy guidance

Congressional Update

from National FV: Pallone, Wyden Call on Administration to Stop Allowing Harmful Medicaid Waivers On February 19, House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Senate Finance Committee Ranking Democratic Member Ron Wyden (D-OR), sent a  letter  to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar about waivers that impose restrictions on Medicaid eligibility. The letter asserts that these waivers "undermine access to health care and violate the plain text and purpose of Title XIX of the Social Security Act and Congress's longstanding intent for the Medicaid program."  In addition, the letter says that " new evidence indicates that the Administration is failing to appropriately track or evaluate the impact of these misguided policies." In conclusion the authors urge the Secretary "to put a halt to any and all Section 1115 demonstration requests that jeopardize the health and financial security of millions of low


Starting and Sustaining a Youth Advisory Board, Part 1: Youth Voice  Wednesday, February 27, 12:00-1:00 pm ET Family Voices This webinar series is especially for organizations that seek to develop a youth advisory board.   Communication for a Nuclear or Radiological Disaster Wednesday, February 27,   1:00 pm ET CDC's Emergency Partners Information Connection (EPIC) Please click the link below to join the webinar: Or Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 646 876 9923 or +1 669 900 6833 Webinar ID: 980 304 069   2019 State Paths to Better Health Care Wednesday. February 27, 2:00-3:00 pm ET Families USA   Debunking the Three Biggest Myths about Disability Benefits and Work Wednesday, February 27, 3:00-4:30 pm ET Social Security Administration   Understand the Business Environment and Your Place within It Thursday, February 28, 12:30-1:30 pm ET HCBS Business Acumen Cent