Transitioning

As the parent of a child who is transitioning from high school to the real world, this article hit close to home. For me, I feel like I’ve had the resources and the time to do the research necessary to make this as smooth as possible. It also doesn’t hurt that I’m a librarian.

This article entitled is entitled “Feds Urged To Improve Transition Servicesby Shaun Heasley over at Disability Scoop is a great read for those who are beginning the process or even those who are still a few years away. As someone who is in the middle of it, it never hurts to be prepared.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

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Today was the day

So today was the day we had our Transition IEP and I must admit, I was pretty prepared. In fact, when I left, I felt like I had done a good job doing my homework. Now the next step is to prepare for his future while at the same time, still looking at some options. In some ways, it’s just the first step on a long journey but, so far, so good.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

Transition meeting

So tonight I set up a transition meeting with the Special School District of St. Louis County to learn exactly what my son is going to be doing while he’s between the ages of 18 and 21 or in other words, until he ages out.

Now I need to get my questions together to make sure I know what to ask and to help me see what the bigger picture here is. After all, it’s his future, as well as mine.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

Transition Families Support Group

So tomorrow afternoon I’m going to my first Transition Families Support Group meeting with a local group called St. Louis Arc. It lasts only an hour and we’re suppose to bring our  lunch but as of now, I won’t know anyone, so we will see how that goes.

There is another meeting that night entitled LAUNCH Support Group which is for A support group for families of young adults who have the potential to live and work in the community, but face barriers to success.  I’m not sure if I belong there (yet) but we’ll see. One step at a time.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

Day trip

So today my oldest son and I took a trip to Jefferson City, Missouri for the MPACT Transition Summit. While we had a few difficulties like the directions we had were wrong and we got there late (fortunately, they were delayed in getting started, so we didn’t miss anything), I felt like my son and I got the chance to have a good conversation  both ways on what he wants to do after school and what maybe I can do to help.

While I haven’t looked at it yet, we were given a flash drive with information from all the breakout sessions they had. That’s good because they had several at each time, so it should give us some more food for thought as to his future. That said, I need to get some sleep. We were gone nearly twelve hours, so I need my rest to tackle that flash drive tomorrow.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

IEP’s

So today we have my son’s second to last IEP at his school. I must say that by going to several workshops recently including the one entitled Beyond Guardianship: Supported Decision-Making by Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities by Jonathan Martinis (and put on by the Missouri chapter of the AAIDD) was really helpful.

I felt prepared in what to expect for his senior year and transition from school next year. At the same time, I still have a lot to do. Maybe that’s why I’ve been feeling a little down tonight.

Carry on!

  

Autism Librarian

So now what?

So now that I’ve been to the “Beyond Guardianship: Supported Decision-Making by Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities” workshop by Jonathan Martini, what do I do with what I’ve learned?

Well, the first thing I did was e-mail my son’s Special School District or SSD person at school and while I did get some of the answers I was looking for, I also feel like I have more questions to ask. I feel like I have a better idea of what I want his future to look like.

While I’m happy with what he’s accomplished, I feel like there is so much more he can do. It feels good to have knowledge which in turn gives you power. Now I just need to keep doing what I’m doing.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian