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ERIC Number: EJ1104182
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Working Together for Transition in Texas
Johnson, Theresa; Serrano, John A.
Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, v17 p22-26 2016
When Texas state budgets resulted in a loss of direct funding for the transition of deaf and hard of hearing students', collaboration efforts for assisting these students became critical. Theresa Johnson, MEd, outreach specialist at the Educational Resource Center on Deafness in Austin, and John A. Serrano, MA, director of Academic Affairs at the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD), describe the efforts that went into forming a collaboration of parents and professionals concerned with deaf and hard of hearing students. Representatives from regional day programs, the school for the deaf, deaf and hard of hearing consumers, higher education deaf and hard of hearing services, and others formed a statewide transition committee. This committee began to try to address the transition needs for deaf and hard of hearing students throughout the state with help from Pepnet 2 (a national collaboration of four regional postsecondary education centers in the United States, for individuals who are deaf, and hard of hearing). The first of five summits, the Transition Summit, was held in Austin, Texas, in January 2013. A new website design with a Spanish component and survey questions was sent to parents, teachers, vocational rehabilitation staff, administrators, higher education professionals, community representatives, and service providers who are concerned with the transition of Texas students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Through this process, stakeholders began to know each other and understand the role each person plays in the big picture of transition for deaf and hard of hearing students in Texas. Collaboration was and remains strong and meaningful in assisting deaf and hard of hearing students transition more effectively from school to the workplace or to postsecondary education or training.
Descriptors: Transitional Programs, Deafness, Hearing Impairments, High School Students, Institutional Cooperation, Stakeholders, Teamwork, Career Readiness, College Readiness
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Texas
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