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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Community Supports for Effective Transition Planning - Venturing Outside the Classroom: Workshop Monday, March 23rd


February 24, 2015

We are very pleased to announce a workshop for parents and professionals on an essential element of successful transition planning too seldom addressed, particularly by the public schools: the need for community-based assessment of, and coaching in the practical life skills needed to thrive in and beyond post-secondary education. This program will be appropriate for parents of students aged 12 and older.  

Topics to be covered in this workshop will include:
  • Transition planning and service guidelines identified by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (MA DESE);
  • Why learning to navigate one’s own community is essential to independence in adult life;
  • Effective strategies for transitioning from classroom education to community experiences;
  • What community experiences supporting transitions to college, employment, recreation, leisure, independence and a range of post-secondary outcomes look like;
  • How to implement the “I” in individualized educational program in the community.
When:   7:00 – 8:30pm Monday, March 23, 2015

Where: NESCA
                  Lower Lobby Meeting Space
                  55 Chapel Street, Newton, MA 02458

Cost:    $20/person payable by credit card over the phone,
                  or cash/check at the door.

Coffee and light refreshments will be served. Space is limited. RSVP required to Amanda Renzi at 617-658-9800, ext. 0, or by email to arenzi@nesca-newton.com.


Marilyn Webber is a distinguished, highly experienced transition specialist dedicated in working with adolescents and young adults. She provides Community-Based Skills Coaching services as well as short-term consultation to families and professionals.

Ms. Weber brings decades of experience working in schools and community agencies as a job developer, job coach, work study coordinator, school to careers coordinator, transition coordinator, parent and professional trainer and parent consultant. She is a veteran advocate who trained at The Federation of Children with Special Needs (FCSN), Wrightslaw and OSEP/COPAA’s SEAT program, with a practicum at FCSN.

Ms. Weber was the Partnership Director for DRYVE, a youth career center funded by the Workforce Initiative Act. She is a member of Massachusetts Advocates for Children Autism Advisory Committee and Transition Coordinator Subcommittee which recently passed “An Act Relative to Students with Disabilities in Post-Secondary Education, Employment and Independent Living.”

She is the proud mother of a young adult with autism.

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