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Have you seen our ads on TV or heard them on the radio? We received a grant to help us get the word out to help more people of Brown County know about their ADRC and what it can do for them. Take a look at this ADRC ad and tell your friends about us!
Transition from school to the adult world takes on special importance for youth with disabilities. When high school ends, so does their entitlement to special education and related services. Needed services and supports must be coordinated. The options can seem confusing and overwhelming at times. The items on this page are designed to help give you the resources and information you need to navigate through this very important life transition.
In addition ADRC Information & Assistance and Benefit Specialist are here to assist you, to be part of your team to help make your transition from high school to your future as an adult a success.
Brown County Transition Fair- What's Next? Life After High School.
If you are a student receiving any special education services, or are a parent or teacher of a such a student, you are encouraged to attend this informational fair to find out what resources are available after high school!
Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC), Student Center Main Entrance
Cost: Free, no registration is required.
Download the Brown County Transition Resource Fair flyer for more information and a schedule of events.
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month!
2015 marks the 70th anniversary of celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This year's NDEAM theme is "My Disability Is One Part of Who I Am", showing that people with disabilities, like all people, are the sum of many parts, including their work experience. This is fitting, as the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) celebrated its 25th anniversary in July of this year.
To find out more information on the celebrations this month, please visit the Department of Labor's website. There you can listen to workers' stories to see how the ADA has helped them achieve success in the workforce.
If your company or business would like to show its support for NDEAM with posters and other useful resources, find them free online at the Office of Disability Employment Policy's website. Make this the year to celebrate people with disabilities in the workplace!
What Can YOU Do? The Campaign for Disability Employment
Work is an important part of people’s lives. It means more than just getting paid. It means being able to make your own choices about how you want to live your life.
At work, it’s what people can do that matters. If you are a young person with a disability, only you can decide your limits. You can work in a wide variety of jobs and play an important role in America’s economy.
Today more than ever, businesses need people who can think differently about how to solve problems and get the job done. People with disabilities do this in America’s workplaces every day – and so can you. So set your sights high!
Talk to your counselor and/or advisor at school to find out about and take advantage of the resources are available to help you seek employment, succeed on the job, and understand your right to be judged on your ability, not disability.
Check out the whatcanyoudocampaign.org website for more information.
In the Community: Project SEARCH
Do you know a student with an intellectual disability who is entering his/her last year of school eligibility? Project SEARCH is a trademarked and copyrighted model of employment training for students (ages 18-21) with significant disabilities. Students are immersed in a combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on training through worksite rotations (internships) with a local business for an academic year. Past internships have included sites at Bellin and St. Vincent hospitals. To learn more about this program, please visit the Project SEARCH page on ASPIRO's website.
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- Transition: Information for Young Adults with Disabilities and their Parents
Booklet: Designed to make the transition to adulthood a smooth, informed and organized process.
- Living My Dream Transition Manual
Tool for students, parents, and professionals to help students plan for their future after high school. Help them realize their dreams! An easy to follow guide with checklists and activities so that each student can be an active participant in planning their journey into adulthood.
- Living My Dream Brochure
Brochure with information about where to start with transition to adult services planning. Information students with disabilities who are 17 years & 6 months will not want to miss.
- Employment Guide: Employment Resources for Older Adults & Adults with Disabilities
A booklet on employment options, which includes information on job assistance for seniors, veterans, and adults with disabilities. Find descriptions on the different Social Security Administration Work Incentive programs, how to find employment funding, assistive technology equipment in the workplace, and legal issues & advocacy surrounding employment.
- Opening Doors to Self-Determination Skills
Booklet Series: One in a series of booklets published by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Setting and achieving goals helps students grow. Knowing their strengths and addressing their weaknesses is important as students prepare for life after high school. As Students move through school and toward adulthood, they go through a process of considering who they are and who they wish to become. Students can work with counselors, parents, and teachers as they work with this resource.
- Opening Doors to Adult Services
Booklet Series: One in a series of booklets published by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Created to provide a guide for students, parents, teachers, and school counselors as they prepare for the students life after high school.
- Opening Doors to Employment
Booklet Series: One in a series of booklets published by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Created to provide input and direction to students as they set and work toward their employment goals. It offers career exploration strategies, job preparation advice, and job search strategies.
- Opening Doors to Postsecondary Education and Training
Booklet Series: One in a series of booklets published by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Leads the reader through a process of planning for life after high school that includes making decisions, planning, and taking action. Helps the student to consider his or her strengths and weakness, plan a high school experience that will achieve specific goals, explore possibilities for work and a career, and identify the next steps for life after high school.
- Options for Independent Living
Website: Independent Living Center serves 17 counties in Northeast Wisconsin. Model home is a showcase of assistive technology, loan closet, resource assistance, advocacy for individuals with all disabilities and ages.
- Northest Regional Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
Website: Information and links to get your questions answered about your childs special health care needs.
- Cooperative Educational Service Agency (CESA-7)
Website for the Transition services office location in Green Bay Wisconsin
- National Center on Secondary Education and Transition
Website: Coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities
- WI Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Website: WI DVR serves persons with disabilities with employment services and counseling and training and technical assistance to employers regarding disability employment issues.
- WI Family Assistance Center for Education, Training and Support
Website: Also known as Wisconsin FACETS. Resource for children and adults with disabilities and their families.
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Transition Information
Website with lots of information and resources.
- Wisconsin Statewide Transition Initiative
Website: Information and resources for professionals helping students have a successful transition from school to the adult world. Best practice guides, successful grant programs, calendar of events, etc.
- Wisconsin Youth First
Website: Unique website developed by youth, for youth. Wisconsin friends can keep in touch, about school, work and leadership activities.
- Wisconsin's Collaborative Systems of Care
Website: Resource for anyone involved with assisting adolescents with emotional or behavioral difficulties with their transition to adulthood.
- Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities
Website: The board was established to advocate on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities, foster welcoming and inclusive communities, and improve the disability service system.
- American with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Website: Information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act. Government site
- Family Care Program Service Area
Map illustrating the where you will find Family Care in Wisconsin