Transition Assessment and Goal Generator

After six years of development, the new on-line Transition Assessment and Goal Generator (TAGG) is ready for use and can be obtained at

Using non-academic behaviors research identified as being associated with post-school employment and further education of former high school students with mild to moderate disabilities, the TAGG identifies students’ strengths and needs, provides a written summary, and generates individualized annual transition goals matched to Common Core standards, which can all be copied and placed in the transition section of students’ IEPs.

Intended Users
The TAGG is an appropriate transition assessment for secondary-aged students with mild to moderate disabilities who plan to become employed and/or enrolled in further education after high school graduation.

To learn more, click here!

Download TAGG flyer


White House Champions of Change: New York’s John Robinson

From the White House: “U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity (EEOC) Chair Jenny Yang spoke on Tuesday at a White House event celebrating ‘Champions of Change‘ who are doing extraordinary work to hire, retain, and promote people with disabilities in their local com­mu­nities and throughout the nation. The event was held in conjunction with National Disability Employment Awareness Month, which is held each October to renew the nation’s commitment to an American workforce that extends opportunities to all, including people with disabilities. The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals who are nominated by their communities for making a difference on a particular issue.

‘There are many qualified people with disabilities who want to contribute their talents, but they can’t get a job or advance in their career,’ said EEOC Chair Yang. ‘To change this, we need to engage more people to become as passionate about employing people with disabilities as are the champions we recognize today. This afternoon, each of us has seen the tremendous impact that one individual, one company or one government agency can have to eliminate barriers to employment for people with disabilities.’

Among those who were honored was New York’s John Robinson. According to the White House website, “John Robinson is Managing Partner and CEO of Our Ability, a company owned and operated by people with disabilities to support people with disabilities. John has made it his life’s work to ensure that individuals with disabilities receive equal employment benefits and opportunities. Over the past five years, Our Ability has worked with individuals, non-profits, and large corporations to facilitate better employment outcomes for those with disabilities. Now, John is helping build a unique web portal that will help individuals with disabilities find employment.”


The NYSACTE/DCDT Collaborative Award Nominations

The NYSACTE/DCDT Collaborative Award recognizes an outstanding Registered or Non-Registered CTE course and/or Work-Based Learning program that has demonstrated significant success in meeting the career and/or educational aspirations of students with special needs. Along with a Certificate of Recognition the winning CTE course and/or Work-Based Learning program will be awarded a $500.00 stipend that can in turn be awarded to a student or students within the program to help cover the cost of career related and/or educational aspirations of a student with special needs. This award will be presented on March 27th at the luncheon. Award winners do not have to be present to win. If you would like to nominate a program or Career and Technical course please complete this short application.


PBS Teachers | 2012 Teacher Innovation Awards

From the PBS Teachers Website:

“PBS LearningMedia ( and The Henry Ford ( are proud to bring you the third annual Teacher Innovator Awards to recognize innovative PreK-12 classroom educators, media specialists, technology coordinators and homeschool educators who use digital media to enhance student learning.

From math and science to music and the arts, your inventive thinking continuously fuels, inspires and engages young minds. Whether you teach your students physics with rocket launchers, social studies by creating interactive timelines, or literature by inviting kids to create digital stories, you are innovating and making a difference – and we want to recognize and thank YOU!”

via PBS Teachers | 2012 Teacher Innovation Awards.