National Data Shows Kids With Disabilities Face Deep Disparities – Disability Scoop

From Disability Scoop:

“Students with disabilities are more frequently absent from school and continue to be disciplined at far higher rates than their typically-developing peers, federal officials say.  New data released Tuesday from the U.S. Department of Education indicates that kids with disabilities are twice as likely to be suspended and they account for two-thirds of those secluded or restrained at school.”

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NYDBC Transition Institute 2016


NYS DCDT Statewide Conference

Save the Date


The New York State Division on Career Development and Transition is holding its semi-annual Transition Institute from November 8, 2016 to November 10, 2016 at the Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga Springs, New York.
This is an exciting year in Transition and the New York State Division on Career Development and Transition board members have worked to bring you the Transition Institute – Partnerships to Leverage Success; A Collaborative Forum. We are bringing you information on current and visionary topics to support your efforts in the transition of  youth with disabilities. Be part of this exciting Institute! LEARN!  SHARE!  NETWORK!  And ENJOY!
Topics at the Institute will include:
  • Career and College Readiness
  • Employers perspective on what schools should be doing now
  • Islands of excellence
  • Policy Implications for school programming
  • and much more
The Transition Institute is made possible through the support and efforts of the NYS DCDT, Cornell University, NYSRA, Greater Southern Tier BOCES, Parent Network of WNY, The Institute for Innovative Transitions, Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities at the University of Rochester Medical Center and New York State Transition Partners.
The registration  is only for the cost of attending the conference.  You must make and pay for a separate reservation at the Gideon Putnam Hotel for the days of the conference.  We have a block of rooms reserved at the hotel at $119 a night in the “DCDT block”. Please contact them directly  at (866) 890-1171 or to make a reservation.  There are a number of other hotels in the Saratoga Spings area if that meets your needs also.
Make Checks out to NYSDCDT
Payments  may be mailed to:
c/o Parent Network
1000 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
Thank you 
Registration and Cost of the Transition Institute
Save money by becoming a member of CEC and DCDT now. Member Early Bird (before 9/15/2016) $200
DCDT Member Regular Price (after 9/16/2016) $250CEC Member Early Bird (before 9/15/2016) $250
CEC Member Regular Price (after 9/16/2016) $300

Non CEC/DCDT Earlybird (before 9/15/2016) $350
Non CEC/DCDT Regular Price (after 9/16/2016) $400

Parent/Family Early Bird (before 9/15/2016) $250
Parent/Family Regular Price(after 9/16/2016) $300

College Student Earlybird (before 9/15/2016) $175
College Student Regular Price (after 9/16/2016) 190

Call for Proposals

Submit Proposals by June 20, 2016
Selected presenters will be notified by June 30, 2016

Thank you for your interest in submitting a proposal to present at the 5th Statewide Transition Institute.A detailed outline of the Proposal Application Process can be found at the end of this Introduction. Please review the instructions and requirements carefully, click on the “Submit Proposal” link and continue as instructed.

Thank you for your support to make this an enriching and exciting Institute.

This Institute is made possible  through the efforts of:  the New York State Chapter of the Division of Career Development and Transition (a sub-division of the Council for Exceptional Children), Greater Southern Tier BOCES, Parent Network of WNY, The Institute for Innovative Transitions,  Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities at the University of Rochester Medical Center and New York State Transition Partners.

Proposal  Criteria

  1. All presentations should highlight practices that demonstrate successful transition planning and/or programs that prepare youth (12 years +) for continuing education/college, training, employment, independent living and academic success.
  2. Presentations will need to address how the program/project may support one or more of the “Predictors of Post School Success” identified by the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC). Learn more about the predictors at
  3. All presentations should be in family-friendly language due to this being an all inclusive conference for families, students and professionals.
  4. Proposals that engage multidisciplinary partners are encouraged: i.e. districts, community agencies, parents, students, BOCES, employers and colleges.
  5. Presentation time is 60 minutes.
  6. Presenters are expected to register for the conference. Two Presenters per session can register at no cost. All other presenters need to register for the conference and will be given a presenter cost equal to the DCDT member early-bird price.

Predictors of Post School Success

Practices or programs need to address the following:

  • Career Development, Awareness and Skills
  • Community Based Instruction
  • Academic/General Education: Programs that support successful inclusion in general education: i.e. credit recovery, assistive technology, curriculum modification, co-teaching and others
  • Program of Study: practices that include career major, cooperative education, school-sponsored enterprise and technical preparation.
  • Occupational Courses: i.e. personal finance, community access, behaving responsibly, goal-setting or problem solving, specialized vocational education, regular vocational education.
  • Paid or Unpaid Work Experience and/or Work Study
  • Vocational Education
  • Parent Involvement
  • Student  Support: i.e. Circle of Support , occupational guidance and preparation
  • Self Determination
  • Social Skills
  • Interagency Collaboration
  • Transition Planning: the continuum from assessment to the development of post-secondary goals and coordinated set of activities


  • Print your handouts and other materials (approximately 50 participants per session)


  • Computer (PC) and Projector
  • Screen
  • Easel,  flip chart and markers

If you have any questions please contact Letah Graff, NYSDCDT President