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A new wave of emphasis on the importance of Transition in our Public Education system is a very important concept that all educators, community leaders, local business communities, parents, political junkies and most importantly "typical" students/young adults and students/young adults with disabilities need to understand.
Oregon is one of the leaders in this movement with the Youth Transition Program. See ytporegon.org.
The Youth Transition Program (YTP) is a comprehensive transition program for youth with disabilities operated collaboratively by the office of Oregon Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (OVRS), the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), the University of Oregon (U of O), and local school districts statewide in Oregon. The purpose of the program is to prepare youth with disabilities for employment or career related post secondary education or training.
YTP was initially developed in seven high schools in 1990 under the auspices of a federal grant. The program currently operates in approximately 120 high schools in Oregon and is funded through a combination of state and local funds from participating education and rehabilitation agencies. OVRS contracts with a team from the U of O to provide training and technical assistance to school and rehabilitation personnel statewide. (ytporegon.org)
I suggest you contact YTP Technical Advisor Peter Fitzgerald, U of O Professor Lorren Lindstrom, and Oregon Vocational Rehab Services representative Clayton Reese. These individuals are the "holy trinity" when it comes to preparing youth for transition.
This needs to be discussed because any positive impact on our youth will show dramatic economic stimulus, increase in community health and well being, and strengthen the future of America.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Youth Transition Specialist
Sherwood High School
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