Postsecondary Transition

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Missouri Interagency Transition Team (MITT)

The Missouri Interagency Transition Team (MITT) was formed in 2007 by the Office of Special Education at the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE) to increase interagency collaboration at the state, regional, and local levels. This state transition team meets quarterly to address data-driven goals for improvement and collaboration with the shared vision of improving employment, independent living, and postsecondary education outcomes for Missouri students with disabilities. MITT provides a venue and mechanism to share information, network, and partner to coordinate professional development activities.

2022 Missouri Interagency Transition Team (MITT) Meeting Schedule

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 (Virtual)
Wednesday, April 19, 2022 (Virtual)
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 (Virtual)
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 (Virtual)

2022 Missouri Interagency Transition Team (MITT) Calendar of Events

Audience/Event/Contact Date(s)/Time(s) Organization/Location/Information

Audience: Students entering their final year of high school who have no prior successful paid work experience in a competitive integrated setting

Summer VR Work Experience Program
 

Summer 2022
Six week, work-based Learning Experience

Missouri VR Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRPs)

Audience: Students age 14-21
Currently enrolled in secondary
education

Pre-Employment Transition Services
Contact: Jessica Adkins
660-663-2423 Ext. 231

All Virtual
June 1, 2021 - 
August 20, 2022
Monday-Friday
10:00 - 1:00

 

Access II, I.L.C.

Audience: Transition-age students
with disabilities planning to attend two-
or four-year college or trade/technical
school

Dream Big Career Exploration
Camp

Contact: Danielle Giuffrida
314-588-7090
dgiuffrida@starkloff.org
https://dreambigcamp.org/

 

Four-week program
10:00 - 3:00
For dates, click on Event Information

 

Starkloff Disability Institute
133 S. 11th Street, Suite 500
St. Louis, MO 63102

Audience: Ages 16-21 and returning
back to school in fall of 2022

Pre-Employment Transition Services
Contact: 573-314-3038

June 13-17

Audience: Students ages 16-21 not
graduating this year with an IEP or
504 eligible

Where is Your Path to the Future?
Contact: Rob Honan or Monica Boeh
816-279-8558
rhonan@meril.org
monicab@meril.org

June 13 - July 22
In-person and Virtual
Registration Deadline: 5/15/2022
 

If you live in Buchanan, Andrew, Clinton,
Dekalb or Nodaway counties

Midland Empire Resources for Independent
Living (MERIL)
4420 South 40th Street
St. Joseph, MO

Audience: Students ages 16-21 who
have completed Pre-Employment
Transition Services and WILS Intake
forms

Youth Career Camp
Contact: 855-945-7929
info@w-ils.org

June 21-24
10:00 - 3:00

WILS – Home Office
612 N Ridgeview Drive
Warrensburg, MO 64093

 

Audience: Students ages 16-21

Summer Youth Pre-Employment Program
Contact: Brooke Gober
417-886-1188
bgober@empowerabilities.org
https://empowerabilities.org/

June 21-24
9:00 - Noon
 

 

empower: abilities
1450 W Cambridge St.
Springfield, MO 65807

Audience: Ages 14 -21 with an IEP or 504 Plan

Summer Youth Program - Skills to Pay the Bills
Contact: Nancy or Lauren
636-931-7696
http://www.dra4help.org/

June 29 - July 21
Wednesdays and Thursdays

Missouri Driver's Permit Training
1:00 - 2:00

Skills for Adulthood
2:00 - 3:00

Disability Resource Association (DRA)
130 Brandon Wallace Way
Festus, Mo. 63028

Audience: Students ages 16-21
(Age 14 if services are documented in an IEP or 504)

Pre-Employment Transition Classes
Contact: Amy Harris
816-659-9966

Eight Classes
2:00 - 3:30
Virtually or in-person

The Whole Person
People with Disabilities Leading Independent Lives
3710 Main St
Kansas City, MO 

Build Communication, Self-Management and Resilience Skills!

Smart Social Navigation
PLEASE RSVP: Samantha.scott@dss.mo.gov
DEADLINE: JUNE 2, 2022

July 18-22, 2022

Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis by the Arch
2 S 4th St, St. Louis, MO 63102

Audience: Students ages 14-21

Pre-Employment Transition
Summer Services

El Dorado Springs Classes
Mondays
July 11, 18, and 25
9:00 - 3:00

Liston Center
508 N Main St
 
Nevada Classes
Thursdays
July 14, 21, and 28
9:00 - 3:00
On My Own Inc.
428 E. Highland Ave

Audience: Students ages 16-21 registered in school for 22/23 school year and have a disability, IEP or 504 plan

ILRC W.O.W.
In-person and virtual (ZOOM)
Contact: Jenny Cowart
573-556-0400
jennifer@ilrcjcmo.org
Registration Deadline: April 8, 2022

Cole Co. Workplace Readiness
July 11-14, 1:00 - 3:00
July 18-21, 1:00 - 3:00

Independent Living Resource Center, Inc.

Life Skills Boot Camp
Kitchen Safety Skills
August 5, 9:00 - 3:00
August 12, 9:00 - 3:00

Audience: Students ages 16-21

Paraquad Summer Camp
Contact: Stephanie McDowell
314-289-4200
smcdowell@paraquad.org
Registration Deadline: March 28, 2022

Four week summer program
It's All About Me
July 19 - 21
Advocacy and Accommodations
July 26 - 28
Resumes and More
August 2 - 4
Beyond Employment
August 9 - 11

Audience: High school students with disabilities, ages 16-21

Missouri Youth Leadership Forum
Complete an application form, resume, and three references.
Form is located here: http://disability.mo.gov/gcd/ylf.htm
Contact: 573-751-2600 or 1-800-877-8249

July 12-16

University of Missouri - Columbia Campus

Audience: For students ages 14 to 21 with an IEP
or 504 returning to high school in fall 2022

Independent Living Center Transition Services (ILCSEMO)
Contact: Debra Bell
573-686-2333 Ext. 218
debbietriplett@ilcsemo.org

Program scheduled for July 2022

Pre-ETS

 

Liaisons

Missouri Transition Liaisons are practicing teachers from across the state who devote time and energy to increasing the capacity of local level secondary special educators and districts. They work within their own districts to enhance transition practices and programs. Liaisons participate in regular trainings and meetings and disseminate information at the district and regional levels to develop a collaborative network of colleagues focused on issues related to secondary transition of youth with disabilities.

Missouri Transition Liaisons 2021Last update 01/21  

Social-Emotional Learning for All (SEL-A)

Social-Emotional Learning for All (formerly Missouri Postsecondary Success (MPSS)) is a multi-year transition and College and Career Competency (CCC) improvement initiative that provides face-to-face professional development and online support to interdisciplinary high school teams. Teams learn to effectively teach and sustain the development of competencies which lead to success in both career and college settings. Teams analyze data, choose evidence-based instruction and work with stakeholders to provide ongoing supports to students as a part of the classroom experience. 

Early Warning Signs

Early Warning Signs is a data-driven decision-making process allowing educators to identifying students at-risk by examining the underlying causes, match interventions to student needs, and monitor the progress of interventions. EWS examines five essential areas:

  • adult advocates
  • academic support
  • classroom/social/behavioral issues
  • personalized learning environment/Instructional practice
  • necessary skills for graduation and postschool success

Using data indicators are most predictive of a given student outcome as a “warning sign” that a student is in trouble. This system allows educators to track interventions assigned to particular students and track the associations between interventions and outcome for students.

If you need additional resources or have questions, please contact your Regional Professional Development Center (RPDC).

Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS)

Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) offers no-cost transition services to Missouri public school students with disabilities, ages 16-21, who are eligible for vocational rehabilitation services. These services are designed to make an impactful difference for students with disabilities at an earlier age which leads to better coordination, enhanced communication, stronger collaboration, and increased successful post-school outcomes.

Pre-ETS is contracted by the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE) division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR).

Check & Connect

Check & Connect is a model of sustained intervention for promoting students' engagement with school and learning. Demonstrated outcomes of Check & Connect implementation include 

  • decrease in truancy;
  • decrease in dropout rates;
  • increase in accrual of credits;
  • increase in school completion; and
  • impact on literacy.

The Check & Connect model originated from a partnership of researchers, practitioners, parents, and students led by the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota.

If you need additional resources or have questions regarding the Check & Connect initiative and training, please contact your Regional Professional Development Center (RPDC).

Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation 

Vocational Rehabilitation
If you want to work but have a disability that keeps you from finding, keeping, or advancing in a job, VR may be able to help.

Introducing Vocational Rehabilitation Services MO: Simply Said - YouTube

Additional Transition Resources

A Transition Guide: To Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities

Missouri Connections
A comprehensive, online, career development and planning program that is provided free of charge to all Missouri citizens. Funded by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, this program supports the career development efforts of schools, community organizations, and adult job seeker programs. Missouri Connections helps individuals learn about their talents, skills, and interests and makes the connection between planning for continued education and the work world.

Missouri Parents Act (MPACT)
Missouri's Parent Training and Information Center, funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education and the State of Missouri. The mission is to empower families to advocate for themselves so that children with special needs can reach their full potential in education and life - through support, training, and education.

Missouri Resource Guide - Three Steps to a Better Future
There are many resources available in Missouri to help you and your family move towards a healthier, more stable future. This guide will focus on helpful resources that support three major steps as you work towards a better future: Step 1: Meeting your basic needs; Step 2: Getting the support you need, and; Step 3: Preparing for your career.  

Missouri Resources By County

National Technical Assistance Center on Transition: The Collaborative (NTACT:C)
Provides multiple training resources and presentations on postsecondary transition.