[Feature image photo caption: Carolyn Wheeler and self-advocate Megan McCormick smile after their keynote address.]
Ilka Riddle PhD, Executive Director of the University of Cincinnati University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCÂ UCEDD) explains the value of Transition Bootcamp in helping families start early and prepare well for these important transitions, â€œWe know the closer it gets to transition from school to work, post-secondary education, or day programs, the more stressed families get with planning and preparing for so many transitions.
There are so many things to think about and so many forms to complete. It can feel very overwhelming! If families have the opportunity to learn about these topics before their child is in the actual transition phase, they have enough time to familiarize themselves with the information and support youth with disabilities to make a successful and empowered transition to living as an active adult member of the community.â€
Following the one-day event, attendees and others from the community are encouraged to continue the learning process through a year-long â€œBooster Sessionâ€ series. These programs, held monthly, will expand upon information provided at Transition Bootcamp. They are free of charge and open to caregivers, educators, youth with disabilities, and members of the community. The first booster session will focus on employment, co-hosted by Ohio Valley Goodwill and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities. It will be held Tuesday, October 7 from 6-8pm at Ohio Valley Goodwill. Registration is now open
[Photo caption: Transition Bootcamp Resource binder is pictured.]