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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

    R.I. Secondary  Transition & Employment First Twitter Feed

    This collection is going to enable historians and scholars to document the shift from a time when people with disabilities were seen as objects of charity needing medical supervision to people who were taking control of decisions affecting their own lives.
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    We're back with day 3 of the Conference!

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

    On-demand webinars
    Pathways to Adult Services Part 2: https://youtu.be/QYpZ_pfM68I
    ABLE Act and Able Accounts: https://youtu.be/5cfFFLqYwMM

    For more information: https://ripin.org/11th-annual-transition-to-adulthood-conference/

    Shifting to #RemoteLearning has posed additional challenges for #K12 students with disabilities. Assistive technology can help teachers help these students. via @EdTech_K12 https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2020/11/how-assistive-technology-supporting-students-through-pandemic

    A beautiful testament to the power of perseverance, having a vision, and focusing on what people with disabilities CAN do.

    Chris Nikic, You Are an Ironman. And Your Journey Is Remarkable. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/16/sports/ironman-triathlon-down-syndrome.html?smid=tw-share

    3 Models Underlying Assumptions About Disability | Psychology Today https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/disability-is-diversity/202011/3-models-underlying-assumptions-about-disability

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    5 Models for Making the Most Out of Hybrid Learning http://www.spencerauthor.com/?p=63319 via @spencerideas
    Great information!

    We're just a week away from our 11th Annual Transition to Adulthood Week.

    Get information to help your child transition to adulthood.

    Find out more: https://ripin.org/11th-annual-transition-to-adulthood-conference/

    11th Annual Transition to Adulthood Conference https://ripin.org/11th-annual-transition-to-adulthood-conference/

    Yesterday, we released our latest report on #equity -- why it matters, and how we *must* include students, families + community to actually achieve equity in education.

    Thank you Paige for leading a dynamic presentation and discussion!

    #SCLChat #edchatRI @NellieMaeEdFdn

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    Students have experienced collective trauma on a global scale throughout 2020. Our free Trauma-Sensitive Toolkit is designed to equip educators & mental health professionals with practical yoga & mindfulness tools to help address symptoms of trauma in children & teens.

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