Regional Secondary Transition Trainings Available for 2014-2015

The Arizona Department of Education/Exceptional Student Services Secondary Transition unit is excited to bring regional secondary transition trainings to Arizona beginning in the fall of the 2014–2015 school year.

Secondary transition requirements for students 16 years old and older (or younger if appropriate) include ten specific IEP components that facilitate successful transition from high school to postsecondary life in the areas of education/training, career, and independent living.

These regional trainings will be presented in two parts:

  • Part 1 will be a full-day training for those who are new to secondary transition and will cover the following topics: Introduction to Indicator 13: Secondary Transition Requirements and Transition Plans and ECAPS.
  • Part 2 will be a half-day training for those who are familiar with secondary transition requirements and who want to participate in the Writing a Secondary IEP for Transition Using Best Practices workshop.

Participants attending Part 1 and Part 2 will learn both compliance requirements and the best practices to meet those requirements.

NOTE: If you want to attend both parts, you must register for each one separately.

Registration is available on the ADE Events Calendar at http://www.ade.az.gov/onlineregistration/EventLocationSelection.asp?EventID=3718&EventDate=9/17/2014.

TRAINING DATES, LOCATIONS, and TIMES:

September 9 and September 10 – Cochise County
September 17 and September 18 – Mohave County
October 6 and October 7 – Yuma County
October 22 and 21 – Pima County
November 13 and November 14 – Maricopa County (East)
November 17 and 18 – Maricopa County (West)
December 3 and December 4 – Pinal County
December TBD – Navajo and Apache Counties
January 20 and 21 – Coconino County
February TBD – Yavapai County

Sign-in: 8:30 a.m.– 9:00 a.m.

Part 1: 9:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m. Introduction to Indicator 13: Secondary Transition Requirements, Transition Plans, and ECAPS

Part 2: 9:00 a.m.– 12:00 p.m. Writing a Secondary IEP for Transition Using Best Practices Workshop

Please check the ADE Secondary Transition Website for updates on the dates and locations to be determined (TBD).



Arizona Employment First Forums

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 Arizona Employment First Forums

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Why is it important?

Integrated employment is the first priority of Employment First. The preferred outcome of the initiative is for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities that are job-ready and seeking to join the workforce obtain employment with an employer at or above minimum wage or generate earnings through self-employment. Maximum self-sufficiency through full integration into the community workforce is the desired end result of these efforts.

What do we want?

The Community Forums is the first in a series of activities planned to gather information from stakeholders, advocates, individuals with disabilities and their family members, about your needs for employment services. We want to hear from you. Your input will assist in the development of a comprehensive Employment First Strategic Plan which will be designed to empower our state to deliver quality, innovative employment supports focused on self-determination and inclusion.

Who should attend?

We need educators, people with disabilities and their families, self-advocates, transition specialists, service providers, business and community leaders, and all interested parties to discuss employment for people with disabilities.

How can you help?

Make a difference in your community by helping us improve employment outcomes. Attend one of our forums to provide your input and help us make employment the first option for all people with disabilities.

 

We hope that you will join us!  Register Now if you haven’t already, otherwise please feel free to share with your peers!

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Information Regarding Replacement of “Mental Retardation” with “Intellectual Disability”

Please note the update taken from School Finance -  May 29, 2013. The original post for this topic can be found here.

On October 5, 2010, President Obama signed legislation requiring the federal government to replace the term “mental retardation” with “intellectual disability” in many areas of government. This measure, known as Rosa’s Law, strips the terms “mental retardation” and “mentally retarded” from federal health, education, and labor policy. “Intellectual disability” or “individual with an intellectual disability” are being inserted in place of these outdated terms. The rights of individuals with disabilities remain the same.

ADE is in the conversion process required by this legislation. References to “mental retardation” are being changed to “intellectual disability” and the acronym “MR” is being replaced with the acronym “ID.” The current acronyms for the disability categories of MIMR, MOMR, and SMR are being changed to MIID, MOID, and SID within SAIS. Additionally, references to a “mentally retarded individual” are being changed to an “individual with an intellectual disability” in resource documents, memos, and other supporting documentation throughout ADE.

ADE’s conversion from “MR” to “ID” in SAIS will be introduced in July 2013. However, not all ADE data collection application and resource material conversions will occur immediately after June 30, 2013. The conversion process for other online applications and resource materials is expected to be finalized no later than December 2013.

SAIS business rules were created identifying the areas within SAIS to be modified to accommodate this change. The rules can be found here within the “Business Rules” section of the webpage under fiscal year “2014.”



Graduation for Students with Disabilities: Guidance Documents for PEAs and Parents

On behalf of the Arizona Graduation Workgroup, ADE/ESS is pleased to present two guidance documents related to graduation for students with disabilities: Graduation and Students with Disabilities: A Guide for Public Education Agencies and Graduation and Students with Disabilities: A Guide for Parents. These documents are attached to this email, but are also available on a newly developed ADE/ESS graduation website: http://www.azed.gov/special-education/graduation.

 

In order to better understand the perspectives of students, families, schools, and agencies involved in graduation planning, the Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services (ADE/ESS), solicited volunteers from the field to compose a graduation workgroup. This workgroup includes representatives from all relevant stakeholder groups, and its purpose is a continuing one—to discuss and develop guidance to assist public education agencies (PEAs) and individualized education program (IEP) teams in making informed decisions about graduation for students with disabilities.

 

These documents are intended to clarify Arizona’s graduation requirements, their interplay with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and how graduation requirements impact students with disabilities. They represent the first communication from the graduation workgroup and are not intended to be “one size fits all” guides for all graduation issues nor will they address all questions related to graduation. ADE/ESS, through the advisement of the graduation workgroup, ADE/Legal Department, and other ADE program areas, will continue to generate helpful documents, resources, and web links and to disseminate them to the field on a regular basis. Additional related topics will be addressed in future communications and presentations related to this guidance will be provided at the Directors Institute (August 2013) and Arizona’s Thirteenth Annual Transition Conference (September/October 2013).