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Rhode Island Regional Transition Centers

In order to assist Local Educational Agencies in meeting the Secondary Transition requirements, the West Bay Collaborative maintains four Regional Transition Centers (RTCs). These centers assist middle and high schools regionally and statewide through coordination of the four Regional Transition Coordinators.

The services provided through the RTCs include service to public, non-public, and charter schools serving youth eligible under IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) and work in partnership with adult service agencies, higher education institutions, training programs, and parent advocacy organizations serving young adults with disabilities.

Transition Advisory Committee

Each Regional Transition Center facilitates a local transition advisory committee (TAC) comprised of special educators from each LEA (local education agency) within the region. The TAC meets monthly to share information, best practices, current information, and events happening within the region and statewide. This forum also provides networking opportunities amongst school districts and other statewide agencies (ORS, BHDDH, RIPIN, PSN).  For more information, contact your Regional Transition Coordinator.

    R.I. Transition Council

    The purpose of this council is to create a partnership among state agencies, parents, students with special needs, and local education agencies (LEAs). This partnership enables students and young adults with special needs to successfully transition to adult life in their community.

    Membership includes students, parents, representatives of local education agencies and the following state agencies:

    • RI Department of Education/Office of Student, Community, & Academic Supports
    • RI Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities, & Hospitals
    • RI Department of Human Services/Office of Rehabilitation Services
    • RI Office of Higher Education
    • RI Department of Children, Youth, & Families
    • RI Department of Labor & Training
    • RI Department of Health

    R.I. Transition Council Meeting Dates

    • September 25, 2019 @ West Bay Collaborative
    • December 11, 2019 @ West Bay Collaborative
    • February 2020 TBD
    • April 2020 TBD
    • June 2020 TBD

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    Watch today's Q&A at 3:00pm about community participation.

    On-demand webinars
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    ABLE Act and Able Accounts: https://youtu.be/5cfFFLqYwMM

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