On March 25, the American Youth Policy Forum and the National High School Center offered a webinar titled, “Helping Students with Disabilities Transition to College and Careers.” This event brought together several leaders in the field of special education and transitions, including Dr. Michael Wehmeyer, University of Kansas; Johnny Collett, Kentucky Department of Education; Allison Chase, High School High Tech; and Dr. Joseph Harris from the National High School Center.
In his opening remarks, Dr. Harris described the National High School’s Center’s transition to the newly opened College & Career Readiness & Success Center. Dr. Wehmeyer discussed the research base for transitions practices, highlighting the importance of self-determination and high expectations. Johnny Collett outlined the work happening in the Kentucky Department of Education, including a reorganization of the department in which special education has been more fully integrated into general education offices. He provided an overview of Kentucky’s college and career readiness efforts and provided specific examples of how students with disabilities are being supported, including through Individualized Learning Plans (IEPs). Allison Chase gave an overview of the High School High Tech program, which exists in Florida and several other states and offers students with disabilities work-based learning and college awareness experiences. The program in Florida has close ties with the business community and strives to meet the needs and resources of local communities throughout the state. To hear more, check out the full webinar.
Andrew Valent is a Program Associate at the American Youth Policy Forum