Research Article on Exploring Transition Partnerships

A research article has been published on collaborative service delivery, free for download. From the Abstract:

“Our research stresses the need for clear guidelines to be established regarding the distribution of roles and responsibilities between the professionals and services involved in transition. Improving communication processes between professionals and between them and young people and their families is underlined as a way to help young people with ID in their transition to adulthood. Reinforcing the role of the local area is also recommended.”

Transition to adulthood for young people with intellectual disability: Exploring transition partnerships from the point of view of professionals in school and postschool services
Maria Pallisera, Montserrat Vilà, Judit Fullana
Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability
Vol. 39, Iss. 4, 2014


Office of Disability Employment Policy Releases Literature Review of Five Federal Systems Serving Transition Age Youth with Disabilities

To support the development of an interagency strategy to improve transition results for youth with disabilities, the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) funded the development of a literature review that focuses on five federal systems that play key and inter-related roles in preparing youth with disabilities as they transition into adulthood: vocational rehabilitation, social security, juvenile justice, behavioral health, and workforce investment. This study summarizes each system’s role, the extent of its use by the population, and central programs and authorizing legislation. In addition, challenges and recommendations for each system are identified, as are common themes and trends across systems.  To read this report, click here.


NYSED Joint Agreement Regarding Transition Services

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the New York State Education Department’s Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services Vocational Rehabilitation and P-12: Office of Special Education regarding the joint responsibilities of each in the provision of transition services for students with disabilities related to post-school employment is available at


US Department of Education: Bridging the School-Community Divide

Interesting online discussion on school, parent, community collaboration and the use of technology.

“Students and families are mostly left to themselves to connect the dots between school-based and non-school learning. The students most disadvantaged by these silos are ones already facing the greatest challenges inside and outside the classroom, and they could benefit the most from the digital learning that transcends the school-community divide. Partnerships between schools, families, and community-based organizations are an important way to bridge this divide, and ensure the success and sustainability of digital learning transitions.”

Read the rest of this blog at

I am always fascinated by these active online discussions, and wonder how to inspire such conversations to advance Transition in New York State. How does fear and discomfort play into this? Thoughts? — Dave


P21 on Collaboration, Common Core and 21st Century Learning

From the Partnership for 21st Century Skills website: “The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) was founded in 2002 as a coalition bringing together the business community, education leaders, and policymakers to position 21st century readiness at the center of U.S. K-12 education.

We recently spoke with Frank Gallagher (chair), Helen Soulé (interim executive director) and Tatyana Warrick (communications manager) in their Washington, D.C. office to hear their thoughts on collaboration, Common Core State Standards and what makes an ideal 21st century learning environment.”

via EDCompass blog » P21 on Collaboration, Common Core and 21st Century Learning.