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Expanding CIL Capacity through Youth Transition Services: Collaborating with School Districts and Vocational Rehabilitation
How the 3 Centers are Involved with Vocational Rehabilitation and School DistrictsAugust 12, 20141:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.Presenters:Peter Darling & Maureen O’DonnellSeth Hoderewski& Joe Michener
New Community Opportunities Center at ILRU – Independent Living Research Utilization
Peter Darling & MaureenO’DonnellGranite StateIndependent Living
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School Funding
Engagement in Learning and Return back to schoolAcademic Credits – 100+ credits a yearTransition ServicesIncrease in Graduation RateDecrease in drop-out rateFunding from other districts
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Vocational Rehabilitation Funding
Early Transition PlanningCareer AssessmentsWork ExperienceJob Readiness Skills TrainingInformational Interviews, Job Shadows, Labor Market Surveys and Situational Assessments
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GSIL’s Approach (Schools)
20+ Year History with SchoolsPositive RelationshipsNeed for program skills, training and educationQualified Staff:Expertise in Employment, Career Development, job supports, special education and wrap around servicesKnowledge in Special Education, Transition Services, IEP’s, 504 plans
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GSIL’s Approach (Schools),cont’d.
Experience with Extended Learning Opportunities, (ELO’s)Well connected with the communityPositive OutcomesPerson Center Planning
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GSIL’s Approach (Vocational Rehabilitation)
30+ historyCertified Staff (ACRE) Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators – 2 Independent Living Service CoordinatorsAwards: NH Community of Practice, NHSRC , VR – Job Developer1000+ placementsGSIL – consciously joining the IL and Employment programs under one administrative unit.
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Collaboration – Collaboration – CollaborationAll activitiesPWIEarn & Learn OpportunitiesWIPASILC/SRC/SBVISoft Skillsare key Employment (VR) concepts andEmpowermentandChoiceare key CIL concepts – and we have found that they incorporate many of the same ingredients.
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Educational and Independent Living Services
School is involved in the entire processParticipation: Application and Referral process, Transportation, Exit Plan Meetings, AdvisoryGroupDocumentation of Disability Review/TranscriptsDevelopment of Extended Learning Opportunities, ELOsCompetenciesHighly Qualified Teacher-Mid term evaluations and granting of creditsCurriculum:Career Exploration, Life Skills, Health, Fitness, English, Personal Finance, Computer TechnologyAn Independent Living Service Coordinator is part of the instructional team.
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Employment Services
NHVR has taken a very conscious roll in helping to develop a strong youth transition approach for all E&L students.They are currently choosing to financially support 5/6 students in each session.NHVR will certainly work with any student who is referred for service and many former graduates will be served after their participation in Earn & Learn.NHVR and GSIL are involved in other statewide initiatives to support stronger transitioning of students with a disability.
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Contact
Peter Darling, VP Community Economic Development Services163 Manchester Street, Suite 3, Concord, NH 03301Office: (603) 228-9680   (800) 826-3700 V/TTY: (888) 396-3459pdarling@gsil.orgMaureen O'Donnell , Director of Educational Services60 Rogers Street, Manchester, NH 03103Office: (603) 518-4600 V/TTY (888)396-3459modonnell@gsil.org
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Joe Michener & SethHoderewsiLehigh Valley Center for Independent Living
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VR / LVCIL partnership: Career Path Services—Skills Training
An 8-week intensive training focused on preparing for competitive employmentModels a competitive work environmentIncludes group and individual activitiesParticipants attend group activities, seminars, trainings, & community work experiences 3 days/week, 6.5-7 hours/dayTopics include teamwork, meeting employer expectations, time management, personal hygiene, conflict resolution, etc.Participants receive individual services on alternate daysServices include person-centered planning, resume development, etc.
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Career Path Services: Community-Based Work Assessments
Plannedone-on-one work experiences in which a young adult goes to a work site and explores a job for a few hours.Objective is to provide an opportunity to explore an area of interest and assess supports needed to be successfulYoung adults complete 2-4 assessments, which are determined by their interests/skills during their Person-Centered Plans.The goal is to complete the assessments within4 months
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Career Path Services: Job Development
Developa plan based on interests/skills as determined duringassessments and person-centered planningParticipants partner with staff topursue competitive employment opportunitiesthat match their interests/skillsThere is no standard for the length of time it takes to find a job
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Career PathServices: Job Coaching & Extended Services
Supporton the job on anas-wanted / as-neededbasis for the first 90 days of employmentSupport provided to learn and master tasks, increase work rate and quality, organize tasks, problem solve, develop natural supports, etc.FadingFollow Along (a.k.a.Extended Services)
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Career PathServices: Project SEARCH
Chosenprovider of assessment services and job coaching for High School students who are participants in Project SEARCH, a nationally recognized program for students in their final year of high schoolProgram provides internships for students to explore their vocational interests and improve their workskills
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Schools/ LVCIL partnership:LIFE Services
Services based off ofIEP and person-centeredplanning – A la carte menu of services including: Skills Training, job development, job coaching, transition house skills, life coaching, travel training, etc.Can incorporate aspects of S2L and/or Career PathParticipants can attend group activities and/or receive individual services. Students can attend every day or at different times during the week (depending on interests, school schedule, and needs)
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RWLV6-week summer programMainly S2LersEmployment-basedEmployment skillsVolunteeringSeminarsVarious work groupsPSU conferenceMicro-business
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S2L GroupPeer-vote leadershipRegular meetingsGroup Goal drivenSeminarsVolunteeringAdvocacy/legislationTeam building activitiesSocial activitiesFundraisingParents meeting
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Schools/ LVCIL partnership:S2L Services,cont’d.
“Have you thought about…Life?”Conference“Have you thought about …Life?” PresentationSpeaking– local, statewide, and beyondNumerous local and statewide partners:PYLN, Departmentof Ed., IU’s”Transition AdvocacyTransition LegislationConsultation
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LVCIL Partnerships: VR/Schools/Community
RelationshipsLocal VR and LVCIL already had a long-standing and positive relationshipOutreach efforts and word-of-mouth, including referrals from other community agenciesOften sought out by families, schools, other community agencies, and even lawyersSuccess of S2L program provided framework and referrals for all other programs (Career Path and LIFE)
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LVCIL Partnerships: VR/Schools/Community,cont’d.
Why LVCIL?IL PhilosophyPerson-centered planningHolistic approach (Core services and more)LVCIL culture and environmentBest practicesFlexible – expectationsare different for every participant, partner and/orfunderQualified, dedicated, andteam-oriented staffLVCIL reputation
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SethHoderewskiSethHoderewski@lvcil.orgJoe MichenerJoeMichener@lvcil.orgLehigh Valley Center for Independent LivingOffice: (610) 770-9781TTY: (610) 770-9789
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Slide 17New Community OpportunitiesAttribution

New Community Opportunities Center at ILRU – Independent Living Research Utilization
This training is presented by the New Community Opportunities Center, a national training and technical assistance project of ILRU, Independent Living Research Utilization. Support for development of this presentation was provided by the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration under grant number H400B100003. No official endorsement of the Department of Education should be inferred. Permission is granted for duplication of any portion of this slide presentation, providing that the following credit is given to the project: Developed as part of the New Community Opportunities Center at ILRU.
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