Transition 2020: Opening the Door to the Future Transition 2020: Opening the Door to the Future

Date: February 20-21, 2020
Location: Kalahari Resort and Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells, WI

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This schedule is subject to change. Registrants will receive a conference program at conference check in.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

8:00 am - 8:55 am


8:55 am - 9:05 am

Welcome and IntroductionsSuite 1, 2, 7, 8

9:15 am - 10:20 am

Keynote - Dr. Paula KohlerSuite 1, 2, 7, 8

10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Keynote workshopSuite 1, 2, 7, 8

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

LUNCH/EXHIBITSSuite 1, 2, 7, 8

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Post-Secondary PanelSuite 1, 2, 7, 8

1:10 pm - 2:10 pm

1. Get Your Mind RightAloeswood

Presenter: Lani Lawson (BCBA)

Providing resources to teachers, and supporting teachers to use those resources are two very different things. There are lots of reasons why an educator may not be motivated to use a strategy, but mindset is a huge component. During this presentation, Lani will speak to some of the biggest barriers to a positive teacher mindset, and address each one with strategies to take back to districts. Educators who feel confident and optimistic about classrooms will be happier and get great results.

Level: Beginner

2. Looking Ahead: Planning for the Financial Future of a Child with Sp NeedsEbony

Presenter: Gene LaRock (Wealth Management Advisor)

Gene is a Wealth Management advisor that specializes in working with families that have children with special needs. Taking the time to become as educated as possible empowers families to make informed decisions, take appropriate actions, and help provide the highest possible quality of life for those who depend on you. Gene covers the essential aspects of providing financial security for a loved one with special needs, today and into the future.

Level: Intermediate

3. Apps and Extensions to Support TransitionGuava

Presenter: Paula Walser (Technology Consultant)

This session will demonstrate apps and extension in Chrome and Google apps for education. Tools to facilitate executive function, reading, writing and activities of daily living will be shown. The majority of schools in Wisconsin use Google apps for education and Chromebooks and this session will show you how to use these tools to support transition.A mix of free and paid tools will be included.

Level: Beginner

4. Enhancing Career Readiness Competencies & SkillsMangrove

Presenters: Brian Kenney (Southern Regional Coordinator ); Brian Kenney (TIG )

In this session you will learn about the crucial importance of the 3 Ready's - Life Ready, Community Ready and Career Ready. We will be focusing on highlighting some of the great opportunities available for youth to prepare for life beyond solely academic success. Primary focus will be placed on connecting youth to both work based learning and career and technical education programs so they can gain essential work skills, necessary certificates and other credentials and become fully ready.

Level: Intermediate

5. Social Security Work Incentives - Opening Your Door To EmploymentMarula

Presenter: Connie DaValt (Area Work Incentives Coordinator)

One of our highest priorities at the Social Security Administration is to support the efforts of beneficiaries with disabilities who want to work and to help them reach their employment goals. The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs include a variety of employment supports and work incentives. Join us to learn how to use these valuable incentives to open the door to your employment future.

Level: Beginner

6. Sexuality Education for Students with DisabilitiesPortia

Presenter: Michelle Uetz (Special Ecuation Teacher)

Sexuality education is often not provided to students with disabilities. When this education is provided to students with disabilities it often fails to meet their educational, developmental, and emotional needs. This presentation will provide attendees with resources, ideas, and information to teach students with mild to severe disabilities how to have healthy relationships and care for their body. A power point presentation with resources will be shared and a curriculum will be available.

Level: Beginner

7. Postsecondary Transition Planning (PTP): Inclusive Transition PracticesTamboti

Presenters: Brenda Swoboda (Western Regional Coordinator); Kathy Tuttle (Northern Regional Coordinator)

This session will focus on how districts can work smarter and not harder via the development of the PTP by using the lens of collaboration and connection to increase student outcomes. Come and hear how Academic and Career Planning (ACP) practices, Career and Technical Education (CTE) opportunities and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) are enhancing transition planning practices for both middle and high school students in Wisconsin.

Level: Intermediate

2:20 pm - 3:20 pm

8. How to Motivate Students Who Refuse to WorkAloeswood

Presenter: Lani Lawson (BCBA)

It's been widely reported that work refusal is quickly rising as one of the most confusing and frustrating behaviors in schools. Educators are using all kinds of behavior plans, and having a hard time getting students engaged. This presentation will explain why refusal is occurring in schools, and will address how to get students moving. Once students are properly engaged, teachers can teach anything. Strategies to motivate educators are also a key piece of the puzzle, and are included.

Level: Beginner

9. It takes a Village - A family's story on IndependenceEbony

Presenters: Adam Voisin (Radio Show Host/Greeter); Jeff Voisin (Father, Engineer); Lisa Voisin (Mother)

It took 3 long years. Adam, 27, a son and brother, with cerebral palsy and learning disabilities is living on his own. He has two jobs and a few great hobbies that his "Village" spent years fostering. Moving out came with many challenges - purchasing a home, modified to be fully accessible, and implementing a full security system. Finding roommates and transportation also offered their own challenges. Come to this session hear from Adam and his parents how they conquered the unthinkable.

Level: Beginner

10. Assistive Technology 101Guava

Presenter: Paula Walser (Technology Consultant)

Assistive Technology has been mandated as part of special education since 1998 however many school districts and agencies are not equipped with tools or staff to complete assistive technology assessments as part of the special education process. This session will demonstrate free tools and resources that are available to assist classroom educators in assessing students' need for assistive technology.

Level: Beginner

11. Preparing Students with Disabilities for CollegeMangrove

Presenter: Lynn Gallagher (Director-Lynch Learning Center)

The differences between high school and college are vast and for students with disabilities the differences are even greater! Preparation is the key for college success! Join us as we discuss the differences in accommodations, modifications and the law. Knowing what to expect is half the battle, the other half is being prepared and willing to put in the effort to be a successful college student. Specific skills will be discussed as well as ways to prepare and practice them in advance.

Level: Intermediate

12. Raising the Cap: Looking at Graduation in WI & Tools to Increase Outcomes Marula

Presenters: Jen Hilgendof (Statewide Indicator 1 & 2 Coordinator); Jenny Jacobs (Indicator 14 and Eastern Regional Coordinator)

This session will provide participants with the understanding of outcomes in Wisconsin relating to Indicator 1 (Graduation Rate for SwD), Indicator 2 (Dropout Rate for SwD), and Indicator 14 (Post School Outcomes for SwD). Participants will also learn how to access and utilize their individual district data. Finally, participants will learn about Evidence Based Practices to improve Graduation Rates for students with disabilities.

Level: Beginner

13. Transition with Mental IllnessPortia

Presenter: Michelle Uetz (Special Ecuation Teacher)

Mental illness, and the effects of it, is a growing concern in our country and in our schools. For a student who has a mental illness, alone or as a comorbidity, each day is more difficult. Transition skills need to address mental health concerns and mental illness in the transition process. This session will provide resources and information to support students and parents of students with mental illness and include mental health conditions in transition activities and skills.

Level: Beginner

14. Increasing Self-Advocacy to Promote Positive Post-School Outcomes Tamboti

Presenters: Amanda Jones (Southeastern Regional Coordinator); Kathy Tuttle (Northern Regional Coordinator)

Self-Advocacy is an evidence based predictor that leads to positive post-school outcomes for youth with disabilities in employment and post-secondary education. This session is an opportunity to dig into the Wisconsin Suite of Self Advocacy resources, consisting of: curriculum, lesson plans, and transition planning student engagement tools. This hands-on session will enable you to walk away ready to meet the instructional self-advocacy needs of the youth that you work with.

Level: Beginner

3:35 pm - 4:15 pm

LeRoy Butler - From Wheelchair to Lambeau LeapSuite 1, 2, 7, 8

Friday, February 21, 2020

8:00 am - 8:55 am

Breakfast and ExhibitsSuite 1, 2, 7, 8

9:15 am - 9:45 am

DPI Updates - Julia HartwigSuite 1, 2, 7, 8

10:00 am - 11:00 am

15. Teaching TrustAloeswood

Presenter: Lani Lawson (BCBA)

We don't work for people we don't trust, but when trust is developed we're willing to try new things and work harder than ever. With our kids experiencing trauma, it's important to learn appropriate ways to build trust. We'll discuss the disconnect between teachers and students and the similar disconnect between teachers and administrators. The majority of this session will be a strategy session to actually teach a trusting relationship to anyone. Trust can actually be taught.

Level: Beginner

16. What makes a CCOT Successful? And what can I gain by attending regularly? Ebony

Presenters: Connie Dettmer (Transition Coordinator ); Gerilynn Rohrer (Transition Coordinator ); JoAnn Wendt (DVR Counselor ); Michelle Bartlet (Job Developer ); Sandy Northey (Job Developer ); Stacey Fenner (Iris Consultant )

Jefferson County Youth in Transition (CCOT) will provide a panel to discuss what makes this CCOT successful and how attending the monthly meetings have led to collaborations between Schools, Agencies and Support Services to best serve the youth of the county in their transition needs.

Level: Beginner

17. The High Unemployment Rates for Individuals with DisabilitiesGuava

Presenter: Jeremiah Swisher (Self Advocate )

About 1 in 5 individuals have a disability in the United States of America. Those employed with disabilities were staggering low incomparison to their peers. Some reasons found were the physical, mental, and emotional barriers within the workforce. Instead of disAbility we often focus on someone being disabled in where they are not able to work. Research discussed will measure some of the common barriers that some people with disabilities currently face.

Level: Intermediate

18. Good Kids Bad AppsMangrove

Presenter: Paula Walser (Technology Consultant)

Teachers - if your students have any of the apps demonstrated in this session on their phones/tablets - it is time to hit DELETE! Not everything online is evil, nor does danger lurk behind every new app that comes to market. However, sexual predators and human traffickers are also attempting to use apps to get Face to Face with our students. Attend this session to learn more about the "NOT SO GOOD" apps! NEW resources for educating your students about Sex Trafficking and use of Social Networks

Level: Beginner

19. Residential College Programs in the Midwest for Students with IDDMarula

Presenters: Andrew Burless (Assistant Director); Elizabeth Potter (Outreach Development Specialist); Eric Lindsay (Director of Student Recruitment ); Kira Collins (Admissions Director); Marissa Blackmore (Transition Coordinator )

Over the last 10 years, an increasing amount of students with IDD are attending post-secondary education. This session will focus on the impact of attending a residential college program and provide an overview of the various supports that make living on campus a reality. Attendees will hear from 5 college representatives from the Midwest that provide residential living options. Each program will share examples of student success and how living on campus has impacted them.

Level: Beginner

20. Triggers & Coping SkillsPortia

Presenter: Michelle Uetz (Special Ecuation Teacher)

It is important to be a trauma informed school, but society and life after high school is not always trauma informed. It is imperative that students learn coping skills and how to manage their triggers in order to function in life after high school. This session will provide practical ideas and resources for teaching students coping skills, teaching them to use them appropriately when needed, and how to manage triggers.

Level: Beginner

11:15 am - 12:15 pm

21. Building an 18-21 transition program -- planning, implementing, improving! Aloeswood

Presenters: Julie Ziegler (special education instruction coach); Kelly Auchue (Special Education Transition Teacher)

This presentation will take you through the steps that the Fond du Lac School District took to create and implement a community based 18-21 transition program for students with intellectual disabilities. We will discuss the planning phases, implementation, changes, and current reality. We will discuss some hurdles as well as changes we have made to the program in the 9 years that it has been up and running. We will discuss our current reality and how we continuously work to improve the program.

Level: Intermediate

Brian Kenney - Southwest Technology Student PanelEbony

22. Transitioning from High School to CollegeGuava

Presenter: Jeremiah Swisher (Self Advocate )

What happens after high school? This is a scary process for many individuals with disabilities. This presentation will discuss the college process to include but not limited to searching for a school, financial aid, scholarships, housing along with accommodations and disability services. Meanwhile, some universities host getting ready for college programs exclusively for individuals with disabilities to add some extra comfort before the school semester starts.

Level: Intermediate

23. iPad: Ultimate Tool for Special EducationMangrove

Presenter: Paula Walser (Technology Consultant)

This session will highlight features of the new operating system iOS 13! The ipad provides the tools to provide Universal Design for Learning for special education students. Learn how to use your iPad as a scanner to make paper materials usable on the iPad, how to turn your iPad into a magnifier, have all text read out loud, multi-task, complete screen recordings, use voice to text, add screen controls and much, much more

Level: Beginner

24. Streamlining Transition Services in a Tiered ApproachMarula

Presenters: Jana Van Dreel (Special Education Instructor); Jeannine Bolton (WINGS Director); Jennifer Varsik (Project SEARCH Instructor)

This informative session will provide numerous examples of best practices, which meet the varied needs of high school students and young adults. Students are given multiple learning opportunities to explore career options and are provided on the job training. Learn how the team of educators from Lakeland Union High School work together to provide a tiered approach in the transition process: high school programming, to an off-campus based program: WINGS; to the Project SEARCH Internship option.

Level: Intermediate

25. On Your Marq: College Success Program For Students on the Autism SpectrumPortia

Presenters: Elyse Adler (Graduate Assistant); Emily Raclaw (Director of On Your Marq)

On Your Marq is a college success program designed to assist students on the autism spectrum in navigating the college landscape at Marquette University. The program focuses on students’ transition to the rigors of academia as well as works with students to identify strengths and skills to transfer to life after college. The goal of our program is graduation and gainful employment. We will share information about OYM to prospective students, their families, and other programs in development.

Level: Beginner

12:20 pm - 12:50 pm

LUNCH/EXHIBITSSuite 1, 2, 7, 8

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

26. What are the Next Steps? Transition Program for Students with ID 18-21 y/o.Aloeswood

Presenters: Brian Hopkins (Special Education Teacher/Transition Coordinator); Jonathan Watson (Special Education Teacher)

Calling all High School special education teachers and Directors of Special Education: Want to provide a smooth transition from high school to the community? Wondering what a community based transition program is all about? Next Steps is a transition program for students 18-21 with Intellectual Disabilities. The essential objective in the Wilmot Next Step’s is, students will develop skills and functional abilities to be as independent as possible at home, in the community, and within employment.


27. Transitioning from High School to EmploymentGuava

Presenter: Jeremiah Swisher (Self Advocate )

It's time to graduate, but what happens next? It's especially harder for individuals with disabilities to find and maintain employment. This presentation will discuss available job and career services along with the processes of developing a resume, applying for a job, and working on interview skills. The goal is to provide resources to participants so that they have a better chance in being able to start their career.

Level: Intermediate

28. Proactively Preparing for a 4-Year College Degree Mangrove

Presenter: Heidi Potrykus (Transition Coordinator)

From significant changes in law, differences in supports offered, to the self-advocacy expectations in higher education, the transition from high school to college for students with disabilities can be overwhelming. In my proposed presentation, I will discuss skills to help prepare students for the transition to a 4-year college. I will also, review the unique differences between high school and college, and provide recommendations to ensure students are making the most from their college visits

Level: Beginner

29. Using Drive to Facilitate Transition Collaboration for Complex StudentsMarula

Presenters: Erin Hook Tidd (Transition Teacher); Erin Tidd (Transition Teacher); Erin Tidd (Transition Teacher)

This presentation will discuss the importance of collaboration among educational team members during the transition process with a focus on complex students (severe/profound intellectual disabilities, medically complex or technology dependent). Examples of ways that they work together to teach transition concepts and work to develop transition plans will be shared. Additionally, how to use Google Drive to help facilitate collaboration and organize student transition-related information such as

Level: Intermediate

30. Video Modeling& Video Instruction: A Power Tool for Learning & Showing!Portia

Presenters: (); (); Megan Acheson (Integrated Employmen Coordinator)

​Do you sometimes watch videos to figure out how to do things? Do you sometimes need a little help showing others what you can do, or what skills you have? In this fun, interactive session you will learn about video modeling and video instruction! Let's explore how videos can be a terrific tool and help you grow your employment skills.​ Participants in this session will brainstorm ideas and share ideas on use of video modeling and video instruction. And you will create a video to share.

Level: Beginner

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm