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October 1, 2019Advocacy Matters

Advocacy Matters: Improving Postsecondary Transition Services

Disability Matters with Joyce Bender

October 1, 2019

#AdvocacyMatters Segment

The U.S. Department of Education has asked the public for input before they reissue a competitive grant for technical assistance to improve postsecondary transition services.  The deadline for public input is tomorrow, Tuesday, October 2.

https://sites.ed.gov/osers/2019/09/technical-assistance-to-improve-postsecondary-transition-services/

The last 5-year award by the Department of Education established a National Technical Assistance Center on Improving Transition to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students with Disabilities.  https://transitionta.org/

The grant provided technical assistances to State Education Agencies, Local Education Agencies, State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies and other VR service providers to implement strategies to ensure students with disabilities leave high school ready for education and employment.

The U.S. Department of Education is asking for feedback specifically on issues related to the challenges in serving youth with disabilities, the kinds of technical assistances tools and resources that are most useful, and what new or merging technical assistance needs should the Department of Education consider.

Clearly, there are many issues state and local education agencies face.  A National Technical Assistance Center on transition is critical to offer best practices and toolkits for school districts.

#AdvocacyMatters. If you want to offer a comment, please do by close of business tomorrow.  Visit our website at disabilityrightspa.org for all the information and links to U.S. Department of Education comment section.