Tuesday Transition Talks @ 12

Transition People

This year, we are offering a virtual webinar series for parents of children with disabilities to learn about some amazing topics that will assist them and their child with planning for life beyond high school.  We are calling this "Tuesday Transition Talks at 12!"  Starting in February through April, every Tuesday at noon, we will have a live Zoom webinar on various topics for parents. Click on the Zoom link at the scheduled date and time to attend live (links will become active the morning of the event).  The session will be recorded and posted at a later date.

Special Education 101
February 2, 2021 at Noon
Overview for parents on the basics of public school district special education child find, evaluation, service and due process obligations. Presented virtually by Dena Hagen, NLSEC Director of Special Education.
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Introduction to Transition Planning for life after high school

February 9, 2021 at Noon
One of life’s most significant transitions occurs when a student prepares to leave high school and enter the world as a young adult.  As a parent/guardian of a youth with disabilities, this session will help provide a basis of understanding the transition planning process.  Presented virtually by Jessica Knutsen, NLSEC Secondary Transition Coordinator.
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Social Security (SSI/SSDI) and/or DB101
February 16, 2021 at Noon
Disability Hub MN™ makes it easier for people with disabilities to understand their options, connect to solutions and engage in possibilities. In this webinar we will discuss the basics of Social Security disability benefits. You are almost always better off when you work and our experts will explain the work incentives that can help make that possible.  We will also show you tools on DB101 that can help you plan your future and manage your benefits. We’ll make sure to leave some time to answer your questions, too.  Presented virtually by Lauren Gower and Heather Stillwell.
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What is Guardianship & Supported Decision Making?
February 23, 2021 at Noon
Commonly, parents of children with developmental disabilities are encouraged to seek guardianship when their child is approaching age 18.  But that may be an overly restrictive intervention.  Learn how Supported Decision Making, a nationally recognized option, can maximize self-determination while acknowledging concerns related to vulnerability for people with disabilities.  This session will discuss approaches to respond to vulnerabilities as well as tips for discussions with families considering guardianship.  Presented virtually by Anita Raymond, Center for Excellence in Supported Decision Making.
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Preparing my Child for Post Secondary Education Programs
March 9, 2021 at Noon
Join disability service reps from the College of St. Scholastica, Lake Superior College, and the University of Minnesota Duluth to learn more about how to best prepare your student for post-secondary education.  This informal discussion will cover a range of topics including admission requirements & processes, differences between high school & college, and steps students & parents can take right now to prepare for success in college.  There will also be plenty of time for Q&A during this session. Presented virtually by Emily Norenberg (UMD), Stacy Langguth (LSC), Hannah Richards (CSS). 
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Duluth Vocational Options/Supports 
March 16, 2021 at Noon
Join Duluth ISD 709 and state VRS representatives who will share about vocational development opportunities available to students with disabilities within the Duluth district and outside the district.  We will also explain how numerous agencies can work together to help students grow and succeed in their employment goals, both during and after high school. Presented virtually by Andy Larson (VRS), Josie Grabowski(VRS), Keely Waechter (ISD 709). 
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Agency Websites
Agencies involved in Transition Planning are listed below.  Click on the agency logo to be directed to their website.
 Access North Carlton County
     Lake County DAC  Lake Superior College  
      NLIC logo   
   Pinewood Inc   St. Louis County   
 The Arc Northland  Tender Loving Care Trillium Services
 Trillium Works
The Bullyan Center for UDAC

NLIC website Hermantown website Lake County DAC Tender Loving Care Pinewood Inc Lake Superior College Trillium Works Trillium Services Access North The Bullyan Center for Udac The Arc Northland St. Louis County Public Health and Human Services St. Louis County Public Health and Human Services Carlton County