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Taking a TEAM Approach to Effective Transition Policy for Youth with Significant Disabilities
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When: Friday, March 4th
From 12:00 noon until 1:30 PM
Where: Longworth House Office Building, Room 1310
Washington, District of Columbia 
United States
Contact: Hannah Cary
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Please join the Institute for Educational Leadership and colleagues from the Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination on Friday, March 4, 2011 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. for a Congressional briefing entitled, Taking a TEAM Approach to Effective Transition Policy for Youth with Significant Disabilities: Using Data, Promising Practices, and Sound Policies to Promote Transitioning towards Excellence, Achievement & Mobility (TEAM).

Curtis Richards, Director of IEL's Center for Workforce Development, is one of several national experts on transition policy who will present at the briefing about key recommendations recently introduced as a package of legislation known as the Transition towards Excellence in Achievement and Mobility (TEAM) Act. This trio of bills, including the TEAM-Education Act of 2011 (H.R. 602), the TEAM-Empowerment Act of 2011 (H.R. 603) and the TEAM-Employment Act of 2011 (H.R. 603), tackle the real challenges ever-present in our current myriad of federal policies and programs and breaks down barriers faced by youth with significant disabilities transitioning from school to adulthood. Click here to learn more about the TEAM Act package.

This briefing will be held in Room 1310 Longworth House Office Building. Lunch will be served. Please RSVP by contacting Hannah Cary at

Panelist Presentations include:

  • What the Data Tells Us: Data on the Benefits of Post-Secondary Education & Integrated Employment among Youth with Significant Disabilities – Bill Kiernan, Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Boston; The Cost-Benefits of Supporting Integrated Employment Outcomes for Young Adults with Significant Disabilities & Opportunities for Improving Outcomes Further – Rob Cimera, Kent State University
  • Transition & Education: The Role of the Education System as a Critical Preparatory Chapter into Adulthood: Why Transition Must Start Early and Aggressively – Curtis Richards, Institute for Educational Leadership and the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth); Starting with Schools -- Building Bridges with Schools and Communities to Align Transition Strategies Richard Luecking, President, TransCen, Inc. (Maryland) 
  • Transition & Empowerment: Promoting Systemic Change to Help Support Self-Advocates & Families: How State I/DD Authorities Could Play a Valuable Role in Effective Transition – Mary Lee Fay, Oregon State Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Agency
  • Transition & Employment: Integrated Employment is Achievable for Youth with Significant Disabilities: A Look at Innovative Practices and Policy Barriers preventing these Practices from Coming to Scale – Ellen Condon, Rural Institute on Disabilities, University of Montana
  • Impact of the TEAM Legislation in the 112th Congress on Self-Advocates: The Perspective of Self-Advocates – Scott Robertson, Chair of the Board of Directors, Autistic Self-Advocacy Network; The Perspective of Families - Lisa Kelly, National Fragile X Foundation

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