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Transition Core Team

 

Participants:

- Louisiana Rehabilitation Services
- Acadiana Area Human Service
  District(OCDD)
- Lafayette Business & Career
  Solutions Center
- Families Helping Families
- Exiting Pathways Program (LPSS)
- Supported Employment vendors
- Southwestern Independent
  Living Center
- UL - Lafayette (Disability Services
  & Admissions)
- ARC of Acadiana
- LARC
- Lafayette Parks & Recreation –
   Therapeutic Recreation
- Affiliated Blind of LA
- Airway Home Medical Equipment
- DREAMS Foundation
- 232-HELP
- South Louisiana Community College
  (Disability Services & Admissions)
- Autism Society of Acadiana
- Medicaid Purchase Plan
- Acadiana Therapeutic Riding
   Organization
 

 

LRS Mission Statement

To assist persons with disabilities in their desire to obtain or maintain employment and/or to achieve independence in their communities by providing rehabilitation services and working cooperatively with business and other community resources.

 



 Purpose of Transition

  • starts the student/parent thinking about the future
  • identifies current and future needs, interests and preferences
  • plans a course of study, to reach dreams and goals
  • identifies supports and services needed for success
  • ensures learning to the maximum extent appropriate within the
  • general
  • curriculum and environment


 



Lafayette Parish Core Team

  • Reorganized in 2008
  • LRS staff met with LPSS staff to discuss transition issues
  • Recruited agencies and vendors to participate in discussion
  • Found a need to work together with community partners to provide services to the students of Lafayette parish.


 



Partners

  • Local School system (public and private)
  • Louisiana Rehabilitation Services
  • Acadiana Area Human Services District (OCDD)
  • Families Helping Families
  • Community Rehab Providers
  • Career Solutions Center / Workforce Investment Board
  • Department of Education
  • Lafayette Consolidated Government – Therapeutic Recreation
  • College / University / Vocational school personnel
  • Other community partners





Transition Core Team

  • Meets on a quarterly basis
  • Networking and sharing information about updates and changes in services
  • Facilitating referrals
  • Planning Senior Linkage meetings for students
  • Sponsoring activities (Resource Fair) 





Agency Resource Fair

  • Providing resources to students and parents regarding post secondary services
  • Held in the Spring semester
  • Planning starts in August
  • Target Group changes every other year
  • Vendor booths, student workshops, parent workshops
  • Keynote speaker
  • Bingo Card, Door prizes, UL Football team, Music
  • Lunch/Refreshments (Pro Start & CBT Class)

 


Student Workshops

  • Work Readiness
  • Mock Interview
  • Recreation / Leisure
  • Attitude
  • How to Dress for Success
  • UL and SLCC information





Parent Workshops

  • Benefits Planning (Social Security)
  • AAHSD/OCDD services
  • Wills and Special Needs Trusts
  • Job Placement services




Lafayette Transition

  • 7 public high schools, 1 private
  • Spoke to staff regarding eligibility criteria and looking for information in school records (IEP, counselor) regarding hidden disabilities
  • Fall – coordinate with LPSS transition team to review Senior class list
  • Schedule time to coordinate linkage meetings
  • LPSS staff contacts teachers and parents
  • Fall  - IEP meetings held at schools for exiting seniors
  • Spring – IEP meetings held for students waiting for testing scores
  • Referral is taken if appropriate; appointment will be scheduled. 
  • Appointments can take place at LRS office and/or school
  • Contact with guidance counselors





LRS SERVICES

  • Career guidance and counseling
  • Job placement
  • Supported Employment
  • On-The-Job Training (OJT)
  • Work readiness Training
  • Vo-Tech training
  • Community College / University
  • Books/Supplies
  • Transportation
  • Maintenance
  • Equipment/Occupational Tools
  • Assistive Technology
  • Mental/Physical Restoration
  • Business & Career Solutions Center
  • Virtual One Stop
  • Transition staff assist teachers and students to register for account
  • Teachers allow classroom time for career exploration
  • Field trip to center
  • Services:  Career exploration, research employers, work readiness skills, job listings

 





Future Goals

  • Disability Job Fair workshops
  • Teacher & Guidance Counselor resource fair
  • Connect with Career Exploration day with school system


Through the collaborations of the core team meetings, we have been able to develop partnerships with other agencies to establish a common goal for our students of Lafayette Parish. 





Contact Information

Sherry Moore, LRS Counselor (Lafayette)                           337-262-5353
smoore1@lwc.la.gov

Deborah Aymond, Regional Manager (Lafayette)                 337-262-5353
daymond@lwc.la.gov

Catherine Venable, LPSS Program Supervisor / Transition:  337-521-7222
cbvenable@lpssonline.com