Announcements

Grief Talks: Caring Place Free Webinars

"GRIEF TALKS" is a series of educational webinars hosted by Caring Place staff members — professionals with many years of experience working with grieving children and families.

These free webinars focus on a wide range of topics around grief and support. They provide audiences with a deep understanding of the experiences of grieving children and adults, and offer insights on family-tested ways of moving forward in the midst of grief.

Please join us by following the link for information about, and to register for, the next webinar in the series:

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Any questions, please contact Patrick McKelvey at Patrick.mckelvey@highmark.com

Feel free to share this information with anyone you know who could benefit from learning more about grief and supports during this difficult time!

For Families by Families!

The Pa Family Network invites you to join other families and individuals with disabilities to discuss the current impact of the Coronavirus in our lives.

Get the Latest updates…answers to your questions…Discuss concerns… and Network with other families…

Francine Hogan is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: FAMILY FORUM with the PA Family Network
Time: Jun 3, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Jun 3, 2020 07:00 PM
Jun 10, 2020 07:00 PM
Jun 17, 2020 07:00 PM
Jun 24, 2020 07:00 PM
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Free Summer Tutoring

Learn more here http://www.gwensgirls.org/event/academic-support-initiative/, including information about options for students with IEPs.

OVR: Order of Selection Update

Dear Stakeholders,

As you know all too well, the COVID-19 mitigation efforts have resulted in disruption to our daily lives. However, OVR’s core mission remains the same, and OVR staff are dedicated to partnering with our vendor community and working through the challenges to serve as many individuals as possible. Despite all the uncertainty in the world, the staff at OVR are working tirelessly to provide services virtually to the people that depend on us the most and create employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

OVR is pleased to inform you of positive news regarding customers who are on OVR’s Order of Selection (OOS) wait list. On May 1, 2020, we will begin processing an estimated 4,500 customers off the wait list with priority given to eligible customers who have been on the wait list the longest. We will continuously reevaluate opportunities to move additional cases off the wait list into the future. For additional information, please refer to OVR’s Order of Selection web page.

Sincerely,

Shannon Austin
Executive Director, OVR

TRAINING The ABC’s of Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) Feb, March, April, May, June 2020

TRAINING The ABC’s of Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) Feb, March, April, May, June 2020

Everyone is welcome to attend this free training – including statewide, regional, and agency teams supporting individuals with complex communication needs
In-person and webinar sessions available. The material covered is the same at each event
Please review the attached flyer for locations, times and registration information
Accommodations must be requested at least 2 weeks before the event

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Please request accommodations at least two weeks before the event
QUESTIONS? email: TechOWL@temple.edu
tel: 800-204-7428 (voice) 866-268-0579

REGISTER HERE

WEBINARS dates • times

• February 19 1:00- 3:00 p.m.
• March 23 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 .p.m.
• April 29 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
• May 6 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
• May 19 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
• May 20 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
• May 27 10:00 a.m.- Noon
• June 15 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
• June 17 Noon- 2:00 p.m.
• June 19 9:30 - 11:30 a.m

IN-PERSON dates • times • locations

• March 4 HARRISBURG 10:00 a.m.- Noon Temple University Harrisburg 234 Strawberry Square Harrisburg, PA 17101

• March 16 WILLIAMSPORT 10:00 a.m.- Noon Center for Independent Living of North Central PA 24 East Third Street Williamsport, PA 17701

•April 23 ERIE 10:00 a.m.- Noon Community Resources for Independence 3410 West 12th Street Erie, PA 16506

•April 24 PITTSBURGH 10:00 a.m.- Noon Community Living and Support Services 1400 South Braddock Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15218

2019-2020 Community of Practice Secondary Transition/Inter agency Webinars

The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education is pleased to announce the following training opportunity:

2019-2020 Community of Practice Secondary Transition/ Interagency Webinar Series: Transition Assessment across Agencies

Transition assessments are crucial for empowering students to learn about themselves so they can take an active role in their career development and post-secondary goal planning process. For students currently receiving special education services or related services, as a part of their transition planning under IDEA, outside agency involvement should be considered every year after the students reach the age of 16, or earlier if determined appropriate by the IEP team. The school must invite a representative of any participating agency that is likely to be responsible for providing or paying for transition services IDEA Sec. 300.321 (b) (3)

This series will address how various agency partners use assessments so that Individualized Education Plan (IEP) team members can consider which agency is best positioned to conduct a specific assessment to avoid duplication of services, and determine how information will be shared between agencies and the process to obtain required parental consent.

October 2, 2019 (2:00 PM – 3:30 PM)
Overview of Assessment for Transition Planning
This webinar is designed to increase awareness of transition assessment requirements to help students with disabilities understand and identify their current needs, preferences, and interests, as they relate to the demands of current and future working, educational, living, personal, and school environments. 

December 11, 2019 (2:00 PM – 3:30 PM)
Transition Assessment - Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)
This webinar details the role of assessment in the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) transition services, including: eligibility, modes of delivery, and how these services fit with those offered by schools and other agencies. In addition, this session will focus on how assessment data can be gathered through the Pre-Employment Transition Services, particularly the five services required: job exploration, workplace readiness, self-advocacy instruction, counseling on post-secondary options, and work-based experiences. 

February 5, 2020
Transition Assessment – Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS)
This webinar will explore the assessment process used by the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS). Presenters will discuss how OMHSAS can integrate information from school-based transition assessments and experiences, as well as expand assessments to address the needs of students with mental health and substance abuse concerns. 

April 1, 2020 (2:00 PM – 3:30 PM)
Transition Assessment - Office of Developmental Programs (ODP)
This webinar will highlight the role of assessment in the Office of Developmental Programs transition services, including: eligibility, modes of delivery, and how these services fit with those offered by schools and other agencies. The many ways ODP can assist students and their families achieve their vision of living an everyday life will also be explored.

May 6, 2020 (2:00 PM – 3:30 PM)
Transition Assessment – Youth and Young Adult Engagement with Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network (PYLN)
This webinar will focus on engaging youth and young adults in the transition assessment process. This session puts the focus where it belongs, the youth perspective. Through a series of discussions and activities, PYLN members will help youth and their families establish a more youth-centered approach to planning for the future.

Presenters: PaTTAN Educational Consultants and Transition Partners

Audience: 
Special Education Administrators, Transition Coordinators, Special Education Teachers, General Education Teachers, Regular Education Administrators, School Counselors, School Psychologists, Agency Partners, and Families

Registration: 
All participants should register for these PaTTAN-sponsored events by visiting our website at:http://www.pattan.net and clicking on the training calendar.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 
No continuing education credit (Act 48) will be offered. Certificates of Attendance will be available 30 days after each event.

For questions regarding content, contact: 
Hillary Mangis, PaTTAN Pittsburgh, 800-446-5607 x6878, hmangis@pattan.net 

For questions regarding registration, contact: 
Pam Ranieri, PaTTAN Pittsburgh, 800-446-5607 x6847, pranieri@pattan.net

WEBINARS Secondary Transition/ Interagency Series Transition Assessment across Agencies

 

WEBINARS Secondary Transition/ Interagency Series Transition Assessment across Agencies


The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education is pleased to announce the following training opportunity:

2019-2020 Community of Practice Secondary Transition/ Interagency Webinar Series: Transition Assessment across Agencies 
Transition assessments are crucial for empowering students to learn about themselves so they can take an active role in their career development and post-secondary goal planning process. 
For students currently receiving special education services or related services, as a part of their transition planning under IDEA, outside agency involvement should be considered every year after the students reach the age of 16, or earlier if determined appropriate by the IEP team. 
The school must invite a representative of any participating agency that is likely to be responsible for providing or paying for transition services IDEA Sec. 300.321 (b) (3)

This series will address how various agency partners use assessments so that Individualized Education Plan (IEP) team members can consider which agency is best positioned to conduct a specific assessment to avoid duplication of services, and determine how the information will be shared between agencies and the process to obtain required parental consent.

October 2, 2019 (2:00 PM – 3:30 PM) 
Overview of Assessment for Transition Planning 
This webinar is designed to increase awareness of transition assessment requirements to help students with disabilities understand and identify their current needs, preferences, and interests, as they relate to the demands of current and future working, educational, living, personal, and school environments.

December 11, 2019 (2:00 PM – 3:30 PM) 
Transition Assessment - Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) 
This webinar details the role of assessment in the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) transition services, including eligibility, modes of delivery, and how these services fit with those offered by schools and other agencies. 
In addition, this session will focus on how assessment data can be gathered through the Pre-Employment Transition Services, particularly the five services required: job exploration, workplace readiness, self-advocacy instruction, counseling on post-secondary options, and work-based experiences.

February 5, 2020 
Transition Assessment – Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) 
This webinar will explore the assessment process used by the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS). 
Presenters will discuss how OMHSAS can integrate information from school-based transition assessments and experiences, as well as expand assessments to address the needs of students with mental health and substance abuse concerns.

April 1, 2020 (2:00 PM – 3:30 PM) 
Transition Assessment - Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) 
This webinar will highlight the role of assessment in the Office of Developmental Programs transition services, including eligibility, modes of delivery, and how these services fit with those offered by schools and other agencies. 
The many ways ODP can assist students and their families achieve their vision of living an everyday life will also be explored.

May 6, 2020 (2:00 PM – 3:30 PM) 
Transition Assessment – Youth and Young Adult Engagement with Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network (PYLN) 
This webinar will focus on engaging youth and young adults in the transition assessment process. This session puts the focus where it belongs, the youth perspective. 
Through a series of discussions and activities, PYLN members will help youth and their families establish a more youth-centered approach to planning for the future.

Presenters: PaTTAN Educational Consultants and Transition Partners

Audience: 
Special Education Administrators, Transition Coordinators, Special Education Teachers, General Education Teachers, Regular Education Administrators, School Counselors, School Psychologists, Agency Partners, and Families

Registration: 
All participants should register for these PaTTAN-sponsored events by visiting our website at http://www.pattan.net and clicking on the training calendar.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 
No continuing education credit (Act 48) will be offered. Certificates of Attendance will be available 30 days after each event.

For questions regarding content, contact: 
Hillary Mangis, PaTTAN Pittsburgh, 800-446-5607 x6878, hmangis@pattan.nethmangis@pattan.net

For questions regarding registration, contact: 
Pam Ranieri, PaTTAN Pittsburgh, 800-446-5607 x6847, pranieri@pattan.net

 

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