Events, News

NYS DCDT Statewide Institute: Deadline for Early Bird Rate Fast Approaching! Register Now!

Don’t miss this opportunity to take advantage of the NYS DCDT Statewide Institute early bird registration of just $200 for DCDT members!  Confirmed speakers include New York State Education Department Assistant Commissioner James DeLorenzo (Office of Special Education) and Deputy Commissioner Kevin Smith (ACCES-VR). Register now!


Information Related to Graduation Requirements for Students with Disabilities

Information Related to Graduation Requirements for Students with Disabilities

From the New York State Education Department Website: “This page provides information on both high school diploma and nondiploma exiting credential options available to New York State students with disabilities. Information is provided on the course work, credit and assessment requirements students must successfully complete to earn a Regents or local high school diploma, including the various safety net options available to assist students with disabilities to earn a local diploma. Requirements, model forms, guidance, and questions and answers for the Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential and the New York State Career Development and Occupational Studies Commencement Credential are also provided. Check this site often for additional resources and updated questions and answers on both of these high school exiting credentials.”

Read more: Information Related to Graduation Requirements for Students with Disabilities: Special Education : P-12 : NYSED.

Events, News

The New York State DCDT Statewide Institute Registration is Now Open!

The registration for the 2014 New York DCDT Statewide Institute (March 26, 27, and 28, 2014) is now open. The conference will be located at the The Gideon Putnam in Saratoga Springs, NY.  This year’s theme will be Preparing Students and Systems for Multiple Pathways to Graduation.

The New York State DCDT Institute, Preparing Students and Systems for Multiple Pathways to Graduation will be organized along the following strands:

Education and Skills Development — the imparting knowledge and skills to individuals through curriculum and instruction, experiential learning, and work-based learning. Effective education provides individuals with the necessary tools to become productive citizens, pursue higher education and lifelong learning, engage in meaningful employment, and work toward achieving their life goals.

Career Development – designed to help young people prepare for success in postsecondary education, a career, and/or independent living. Preparatory activities include career awareness, career exploration, and career assessment tied to classroom learning; employability skills training; and work experiences.

Youth Development — a process that prepares a young person to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood and to achieve his or her full potential. Youth development is promoted through activities and experiences that help youth develop social, ethical, emotional, physical, and cognitive competencies.

Family Involvement — family participation in promoting the social, emotional, physical, academic, and occupational growth of youth. Successful family involvement relies on meaningful collaboration among youth, families, schools, and agencies.

Community Connections — a flexible set of services in partnership with community organizations. accommodations and supports that help youth gain access to postsecondary education, community service, employment, mental and physical health care, access to transportation, access to financial planning advice and management, and participation in leisure or recreational activities, as well as a number of other adult roles.

To view the agenda, learn more, and register, click here!


Making Careers Happen Materials Available (free!)

Making Careers Happen: Transition and Career Development for Secondary Youth with Disabilities in the 21st Century was a web conference held across three days in February 2013.  The event featured a number of guest speakers and innovators from across the US, who shared their best ideas and engaged the diverse online participants through presentation and conversation across three broad topics:

  1. Individualized Career Planning and Program Development
  2. Leadership and Diverse Funding of Person-Centered Career Development
  3. Ticket-to-Work: Build and Sustain Careers with Youth and Their Families

The videos, materials and ideas shared during this event are now available for free!  For more information…