Virtual Transition Fairs

In May 2020, Transition TN hosted a three-part virtual transition fair series for Tennessee students with disabilities and their families. These fairs focused on Tennessee inclusive higher education programs, postsecondary supports, and employment resources for students with disabilities. In each fair, representatives from around the state presented about their programs, services, resources, and ways for individuals to connect with their services.

Inclusive Higher Education Programs

In this forum, representatives from each university provide brief overviews of their programs.  These programs are: Next Steps at Vanderbilt University, the EDGE Program at Union University, the FUTURE Program at University of Tennessee-Knoxville, the IDEAL Program at Lipscomb University, TigerLIFE at University of Memphis, and Access ETSU at East Tennessee State University.

Postsecondary Education Resources

In this forum, representatives from different types of higher education institutions across Tennessee present on the services, programs, and resources available on campus for students with disabilities. In the main presentation, the TN Board of Regents presents a brief overview of the differences between disability services in high school and postsecondary education, Vocational Rehabilitation presents about the ways they can assist with postsecondary training, and Disability Pathfinder presents about how they can connect people with resources in their local area. We have also included recordings of three breakout rooms where representatives discuss services, disclosure, and other supports available at their type of postsecondary program. These breakout rooms are grouped by institution type: University Disability Services Offices, Community College/College of Applied Technology Disability Services Offices, and Specialized Support Programs/Inclusive Higher Education Programs.

Employment Programs and Resources

In this forum, representatives from Project Search, the American Job Center, TRC Smyrna, Evergreen Life Services, the Access Program, Benefits to Work, and the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities present about the employment-related services and resources they offer for students with disabilities. Following these presentations, representatives from the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, TennCare, and Vocational Rehabilitation discuss how to get connected to employment-related services across the state. To end the forum, a representative from Disability Pathfinder discusses how they can help individuals across the state find employment and other disability support programs in their local area.