TransitionTN Webcasts

TransitionTN hosts monthly webcasts covering different important transition topics. We invite a variety of speakers to share their expertise and experiences related to the transition of youth with disabilities. These 45-minute webcasts provide practical information and specific ideas to implement within your instruction and service delivery. If you are interested in learning about upcoming webcasts, sign up for our newsletter here.

Navigating Technology Resources during the Transition Process

Tuesday, March 5th, 3:00 PM CST

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Description:
Tennessee Tech Connect (TN Tech Connect), a collaborative program between Pathfinder and the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD), provides resource information on assistive and enabling technology. The website portal connects individuals with disabilities to tools available to increase their capabilities. Join us from 3-3:45 pm CT for this informative session to learn more about the program and how to access these resources.

Presenter Bios:
Margaret “Mimi” Sanders is a Nashville native and loves everything about the city. Mimi studied Elementary Education at Lipscomb University and graduated from Vanderbilt University with a master’s degree in special education, which gives her a great foundation to work on the Pathfinder team. As an Education and Resources Coordinator, Mimi works to add more resources to Pathfinder’s website. She also helps coordinate trainings and webinars on various topics and has been involved in special projects that include the identification and dissemination of COVID-19 resources for individuals with disabilities, the development of Tennessee Tech Connect, and the creation of a Pathfinder training and guide for educators. Mimi has over 15 years of special needs ministry experience, as well as teaching experience.

Megan Hart is the Program Director of Tennessee Disability Pathfinder (Pathfinder) within the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center. In her role, she is responsible for leading the direction and development of the program by overseeing the daily operations, building collaborations with other agencies, and providing trainings. These efforts aim to increase access to resource information for Tennesseans with disabilities. Prior to Pathfinder, she earned a B.A. in Psychology from Sewanee: The University of the South and a master’s degree in counseling from Vanderbilt University. Megan has approximately 20 years of professional experience working in the disability field, which include 14 years at Pathfinder.

STEM Career Exploration Opportunities with Learning Blade

Tuesday, March 19th, 3:00 PM CDT

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Description:
Join us on 3/19/24 at 3:00 pm CT! Discover the transformative power of Learning Blade resources and the critical importance of career exploration in secondary education. Explore how Learning Blade supports post-school outcomes for all students by reinforcing academic standards while introducing students to diverse career possibilities. We’ll highlight real education success stories and the pivotal role of early career exploration in shaping students’ futures. Learning Blade is available as a free resource in several states, including TN, AL, AR, FL, ID, LA, MO, OK, OH, SC.

Key points of discussion include equitable access to STEM, computer science, and career exploration. Educators, administrators, and pre-ETS providers alike will find valuable insights into innovative STEM/CS/CTE programs and effective career exploration strategies during this session. Join us in shaping a future where every student can thrive and succeed in the ever-evolving landscape of STEM careers. Sign up for your free account today at www.LearningBlade.com/STATES

Presenter Bios:
Joshua Sneideman is VP at Learning Blade focusing on district and school-wide implementation strategies. A former Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at the Department of Energy in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, he received recognition from the Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz, for his efforts to increase minority participation in STEM education. He is the author of multiple award-winning STEM education books and has provided PD to NASA, NOAA, Smithsonian, US DoE, and more.

Jennifer Gregory is the Tennessee state manager for Learning Blade, concentrating on the development of Learning Blade in Tennessee schools. She is a former AP Computer Science Teacher and a four-year secondary math and computer science educator. She values that her work supports educators in helping students see how they could fit in the STEM field and helps teachers get started with Computer Science education.

Transition Resources for Students with Disabilities

Tuesday, April 4th, 3:00 PM CDT

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Description:
Transition should not be a service added to the end of a student’s high school career. Transition training should begin at a young age and be an ongoing opportunity for students to learn and practice responsibility and self-knowledge. Too often students are taught dependence, passivity, and reliance on unseen forces to take care of them. No one has a greater stake in the outcome of transition planning than the student! This workshop will provide valuable, free resources for educators and families of students with disabilities to assist in the transition process.

Presenter Bios:
Cindy Camp is the Marketing and Communications Specialist with The Described and Captioned Media Program. She holds a master’s degree in English, is a nationally certified interpreter, is certified in mental health interpreting, as well as a C-Print captioninst and trainer. She has provided access services for students with disabilities for over 30 years.

Webcast Archive

Browse the archive of webcasts by topic for in-depth presentations on a variety of transition topics!

Supporting Autistic Individuals during Employment Opportunities

February 6, 2024

Description: The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services was awarded $10 million dollars over the course of five years to implement Project Rural Recovery. Funding was secured through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA), Promoting Integration of Primary and Behavioral Health Care grant. Funds were recently received through the American Rescue Plan Act to implement two additional mobile health units, expanding mobile health services to 20 rural counties. Project Rural Recovery provides mental health, substance use, and physical health services and linkages to support services in 20 rural counties using four mobile health clinics. By removing access-related challenges, this mobile, integrated model of care helps to improve health outcomes for up to ten patients per day per mobile health clinic. During this webcast, we will provide information about the services provided, where they are located, eligibility, and how to access services.

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Project Rural Recovery

January 23, 2024

Description: The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services was awarded $10 million dollars over the course of five years to implement Project Rural Recovery. Funding was secured through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA), Promoting Integration of Primary and Behavioral Health Care grant. Funds were recently received through the American Rescue Plan Act to implement two additional mobile health units, expanding mobile health services to 20 rural counties. Project Rural Recovery provides mental health, substance use, and physical health services and linkages to support services in 20 rural counties using four mobile health clinics. By removing access-related challenges, this mobile, integrated model of care helps to improve health outcomes for up to ten patients per day per mobile health clinic. During this webcast, we will provide information about the services provided, where they are located, eligibility, and how to access services.

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TransitionTN Special Q&A Event with Elizabeth Hamblet​

January 18, 2024

Description: Centers for Independent Living (CILs) offer services and support to help young people transition into life after high school. This presentation will highlight the aspects of “important to” vs. “important for” as well as the foundations of empowerment even when it’s not comfortable.

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Webcast: What Centers for Independent Living (CIL) Can Do for You

March 21, 2023

Description: Centers for Independent Living (CILs) offer services and support to help young people transition into life after high school. This presentation will highlight the aspects of “important to” vs. “important for” as well as the foundations of empowerment even when it’s not comfortable.

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Webcast: Preparing Students with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities for Inclusive Higher Ed

March 2, 2023

Description: This webcast is two-fold. The webcast’s first part is focused on finding college options for students with intellectual disabilities. It includes a review of resources to help students and families to find the right fit, prepare for college …

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Webcast: The ADA, Disability Disclosure, and Self-Advocacy, presented by the Southeast ADA Center

February 20, 2023

Description: Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act guarantees reasonable accommodation to ensure equality in the workplace. Title II of the ADA applies to state institutions of higher education. Employees, students, employers, and school repre …

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Webcast: Academic Advisement for Students with Disabilities: Preparing for Successful Student Transitions

January 13, 2023

Description: Whether the goal is a four-year college or university, community college, technical college, military or joining the workforce, academic advisement from a professional school counselor plays a key part in any student’s transition from high …

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Webcast: Assistive Technology for Transition featuring the STAR Center

December 9, 2022

Description: Assistive technology makes things possible for people with disabilities. STAR Center was founded for this purpose in 1988, and we continue the tradition to this day. Our state-wide assistive technology specialists equip individuals with ad …

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Webcast: Medicaid Alternative Pathways to Independence (MAPs): Tools, technology and support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who want to increase their independence.

November 18, 2022

Description: The Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) is launching an exciting new Medicaid Alternative Pathways to Independence (MAPs) program. MAPs will support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who w …

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Webcast: Novel Technologies and Workforce Pipelines for Meaningful Employment of Autistic Adults

October 11, 2022

This talk provides an overview of the work at Vanderbilt University’s Frist Center for Autism & Innovation to engineer new technologies and to build pipelines to meaningful employment for autistic adults and other neurodivergent individuals. We sho …

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Webcast: The Navigation System-Shedding Light on Youth & Young Adult Mental Health Programs Across TN

September 28, 2022

The Tennessee Healthy Transitions Initiative grant is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and is administered by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS). Our vision i …

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Webcast: Teaching Sexual Health to Students with Disabilities

August 25, 2022

This webcast will discuss the importance of teaching sexual health to students with disabilities; topics to teach within sexual health education; and strategies for tailoring instruction based on student needs. The webcast will also highlight resources …

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Webcast: Career Development for Students with Disabilities in Rural School Districts

June 10, 2022

The ways in which school districts allocate their staffing and assign individual roles related to career development are pertinent to students with and without disabilities accessing employment preparation that equips them for work following graduation …

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Webcast: Summer Programming in TN

May 13, 2022

This session will be three-fold with the first part of the session focusing on summer programming and the evidence behind the importance of summer involvement for youth with disabilities. The second part of the session will focus on statewide vocationa …

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Webcast: Steps to Building Financial Wellness

May 2, 2022

Join Transition Tennessee and National Disability Institute for a discussion on steps to building financial wellness for transition students. This is a critical stage in a young adult’s life and prime moment to provide financial wellness education and …

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Webcast: Employment Advocacy Services for Transition Age Youth

April 1, 2022

Have you ever had questions about how to address issues with Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)? Are you curious about how to help transition age youth obtain accommodations in the workplace? Join us to learn about two programs at Disability Rights Tenness …

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Webcast: Using TransitionTN’s Website for Students with a Person-Driven Approach

February 23, 2022

In this training, we will be discussing how Transition Tennessee’s Student Website can be used with a person-driven approach to enhance the delivery of transition services to students. We will provide examples of how this tool can be used to increase c …

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Webcast: Tennessee Disability Pathfinder: Connecting the Dots to Transition Services Supports

January 24, 2022

Transitions can be difficult for anyone, but they can be particularly daunting for students with disabilities and their families. Attend this session to learn how Tennessee Disability Pathfinder assists students, families, and educators in addressing t …

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Webcast: Creating Transition Portfolios for Students with High Support Needs

November 23, 2021

This presentation takes a look at transition portfolios and the post-school transition process and how portfolios can be used to help students move into adult life. It is a vehicle to inform future (post-school) service providers. The portfolios provid …

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Work-Based Learning Options for Students Completing the Alternate Academic Diploma

October 15, 2021

Work-Based Learning (WBL) is an important opportunity and capstone experience to engage students in their focus industry area. Research has shown that paid work experience in high school is the number one indicator of postsecondary employment for stude …

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Health Management and Life-Skills Training with Occupational and Physical Therapy

August 30, 2021

Are you confused about the differences between school-based and medical-based transition? Are you interested in collaborating with healthcare providers to improve transition outcomes? Would you like to learn more about how occupational and physical the …

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Project SEARCH: A National, Local, and Graduate Perspective

July 1, 2021

Project SEARCH is a unique, business-led, transition to work program with the primary objective to secure competitive, integrated, employment for people with disabilities. As the title indicates, this webcast will present a national and Tennessee overv …

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Embracing Dignity of Risk in the Transition Process

May 20, 2021

“Dignity of risk” emphasizes that people with disabilities should have control over their daily lives and the opportunity to own the consequences of their choices. In this webcast, we will address the importance of dignity of risk in the transition pro …

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Social Security Disability Benefits and Youth

April 27, 2021

This webcast will cover the most important benefit issues for transition aged youth. The audience will learn about the different types of Social Security disability benefits, and how those benefits are affected by work activity. Attendees will leave wi …

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Tennessee Center for Decision-Making Support

March 25, 2021

Description: The Tennessee Center for Decision-Making Support is a NEW virtual resource center that provides decision-making information, resources, and tools to assist individuals with disabilities, their families and support providers when planning f …

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Teaching Social Media Skills

February 18, 2021

Description: Staff and a student from Next Steps at Vanderbilt share tips and strategies for educators on teaching students about appropriate social media use. This webcast includes strategies for teaching safety and etiquette, personal vs. professiona …

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Paying for College 101

December 17, 2020

Whether a student is considering a 2-year, 4-year, or career and technical education, this presentation will provide an overview of the various scholarship and grant programs administered by THEC/TSAC to help students and parents fund higher education. …

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Accommodations in Higher Education

November 19, 2020

Students with disabilities are entitled to accommodations in school; however, there are some key differences in the nature and delivery of those services in K-12 and post-secondary education. Join our webcast to learn about disability disclosure and do …

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Transition Tennessee’s Website for Students

October 29, 2020

Learn about how you can use Transition Tennessee’s Website for Students in your transition instruction virtually and in-person. Visit https://transitiontn.org/student for more Download Slides

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Virtual Community Resource Maps: Tools, Tips and Tricks

October 2, 2020

There are so many important transition resources in our communities that we know young people, families and stakeholders need to get connected with in order for transition planning to be successful. But, how do we move from a collection of notes, flyer …

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Reimagining Pre-ETS using Virtual Service Models

September 4, 2020

In this TransitionTN Webcast, we review the current Pre-ETS service delivery model and then explore options for enhanced service delivery. Time is dedicated to understanding in-person and virtual synchronous models, as well as asynchronous models. We c …

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Making Inclusive Higher Education Achievable and Affordable

August 1, 2020

During this presentation, we discuss the growing number of inclusive higher education programs across the country and the six current programs in Tennessee. We focus on tuition assistance opportunities available in Tennessee. We also share ways student …

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Three for Free: Apps in Transition Service Provision

July 1, 2020

This webcast introduces three different no-cost applications (apps). One app to address each of the required and optional post-school outcomes for transition (i.e. employment, education, and independent living) will be shared. Additional resources for …

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Transitions with a Twist

June 1, 2020

This webcast will show you innovative and creative strategies to engage your middle school students in career exploration and transition into high school and adulthood. The presenter will demonstrate the benefits of social media, relationship building, …

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It’s All About Who You Know: Connecting to Community Resources

May 1, 2020

Learn the vital importance of connecting with local community resources and tips for how to do so effectively with assistant professor of Special Education Dr. Jenn Bumble. Download Summary

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Teaching Sexual Health to Students with Disabilities

April 1, 2020

This webcast focuses on the importance of teaching sexual health and education to students with disabilities. Practitioners and researchers will provide recommended topics to cover, strategies for addressing student needs and family concerns, and instr …

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Selecting and Evaluating Curriculum

January 1, 2020

With all the transition-related curricula and lesson plans out there, how do you figure out which ones are best for your students? Dr. Dawn Rowe, Associate Professor of Educational Foundations and Special Education at East Tennessee State University, a …

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Supported Decision Making in a Classroom Setting

November 1, 2019

Join policy and law experts, Carrie Guiden, Lauren Pearcy, and Nathan Walsh for a discussion on supported decision making and your role in guiding students and families as an educator. Download Summary

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Transition Assessment: Practical Approaches and Powerful Tools

October 15, 2019

Dr. Jenn Bumble and Dr. Lindsey Athamanah from the University of Missouri St. Louis join us to break down assessments. They cover everything how to find them to how to administer them effectively without burning out. Download Summary

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Setting Up For Success

September 15, 2019

Learn tips and tricks on setting up your classroom for success with Melissa (from the Tennessee Behavior Supports Project) and Jena (from TransitionTN). Visit https://tennesseebsp.org/ and https://transitiontn.org/ to learn more! Download Summary

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Increasing Family Engagement

July 15, 2019

Join Janet Shouse and Ann Curl, two parents of students with disabilities, to discuss increasing family engagement in your schools. Download Summary

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New Transition Course Codes!

June 15, 2019

Alison Gauld and Blake Shearer from the Department of Education join us to introduce and answer questions on three new state approved transition course codes! Download Summary

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Summer! Make the Most of it.

May 15, 2019

Learn what you can do to help your students have fulfilling summers with jobs and other skill building activities with an updated list of employment related summer camps. Download Summary Download Summer Camp List

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Transition Planning: From Dreams to Action

April 15, 2019

Tennessee Department of Education Director of Support Services Blake Shearer leads an easy to follow overview of the IEP process and how to make sure that teachers are being effective stewards of their student’s dreams and ambitions. Download Summary

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TransitionTN Current Supports & Upcoming VR Expansion

March 15, 2019

Hear from the Transition Tennessee team on how the site can support you and what is being developed over the next year. Download Summary

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School-based Enterprises 101: Running a Business and Teaching Transition Skills

December 15, 2018

Hear from a current high school transition teacher about how and why you need a school-based enterprise as a part of your transition program. Download Summary

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Transition School to Work Grant: From Application to Coordination

November 15, 2018

Learn about the Transition School to Work Grant from a practicing Transition School to Work Coordinator on what it takes to apply and all of the benefits that you will see from the program. Download Summary

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Transition Apps

October 15, 2018

Get an overview of the wide selection of apps that can help student’s lead more successful transitions. Download Summary

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A New Diploma: Alternate Academic Diploma

September 15, 2018

Alison Gauld from the Dept of Education educates us on the new alternate academic diploma offered to students. Download Summary

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Informal Assessments in the Classroom

August 15, 2018

Sarah Huffman (Director of Exceptional Student Education, Germantown Municipal Schools) offers assessment strategies to integrate into your school year Download Summary

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Supported Decision Making: An Alternative to Conservatorship

July 15, 2018

Carrie Hobbs Guiden (The Arc TN) and Lauren Pearcy (TN Council on DD) share about different ways to support people with disabilities making the decisions that are right for them. Download Summary

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Family Matters: How to Include Families in Transition

June 15, 2018

Joey from STEP lists helpful ways to partner with families for IEP meetings, as well as other relationship building strategies. Download Summary

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It’s About to be Summer. Now What?

May 14, 2018

Learn what you can do to help your students have fulfilling summers with jobs and other skill building activities. Download Summary

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Navigating Easy IEP

April 14, 2018

Learn the ins and outs of Easy IEP. Download summary

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How Not to Get Sued: IEP Compliance

March 14, 2018

Learn federal and state guidelines for writing a high-quality transition plan. Download summary

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Equipping Your School with TransitionTN

February 14, 2018

Learn about how you can integrate TransitionTN into your Special Ed programs.

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