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NECSD Exceptional Learners Collaborates with Community Organizations for Transition Expo
Transition Coordinator, Ms. Doris Lopez coordinated a transition expo for Exceptional Learners in the Newburgh Enlarged City School District. The focus of the event was: Moving Beyond High School. The event included a series of workshops for students and their parents. After the workshops, participants were invited to gather information from several community organizations.
Waiver services through OPWDD
Presented by Taconic Innovations
Participants had the opportunity to learn about waiver services available such as in-home respite, community habilitation, day programs, ISS housing & Transportation services.
Disclosing my Disability to my Employer
Presented by SUNY Orange BRIDGES Program
Participants had the opportunity to how to self-advocate on the job.
Graduation pathways in NYS
Presented by Orange-Ulster BOCES
Participants had the opportunity to about all the NYS approved High School Graduation Pathways.
Ending the Silence
Presented by NAMI Orange County
Participants had the opportunity to gain mental health awareness in order to eliminate the stigma & discrimination attached to mental health conditions, early intervention & prevention.
How to Get Accomodations in College
Presented by SUNY Orange
Participants had the opportunity to learn about how to get their IEP/504 accommodations in college.
ACCES-VR (Adult Career & Continuing Education services-Vocational rehabilitation)
Presented by ACCES-VR
Participants had the opportunity to learn about services provided by ACCES-VR and the process for applying for services:
Transition to OPWDD Services
Benefits Advisement/Social security
Presented by Independent Living Inc.
Participants had the opportunity to learn about working with benefits and social security as well as an overview of OPWDD eligibility.
Presented by Mental Health Association in Orange County, Inc.
Participants had the opportunity to learn the definition and process to obtain Article 17A Guardianship for individuals with developmental disabilities through the Orange County Surrogate’s Court.
Presented by Planned Parenthood of the Mid-Hudson Valley
Participants had the opportunity to learn through group activities and discussion about what a healthy relationship is and should look like. Topics include consent, boundaries and self-esteem.
Collaborating Organizations included: SUNY Orange, Orange-Ulster BOCES, Lincoln Tech, Independent Living Inc., Capabilities Partnership Inc., ACCES-VR, Taconic Innovations, SUNY BRIDGES, Professional Culinary Academy, Greystone Programs, Life Plan, Winslow Therapeutic Riding Center, Mental Health Association in OC, Planned Parenthood of the Mid-Hudson Valley, NYS OPWDD, Affinity Health Plan & more.