Secondary Transition

Secondary Transition Activities

Secondary Transition supports schools with resources, training, and technical assistance to:

  • Assist local school districts in meeting the transition service requirements of IDEA 2004
  • Increase self-determination skills of students with disabilities
  • Provide resource materials on the transition process for educators, administrators, adult agency personnel, and parents
  • Improve graduation rates and post-school outcomes for students with disabilities

Regional Activities

Secondary Transition supports regional projects, transition councils, and college events, including:

  • Future Quest. Future Quest is a large college and career forum for students with disabilities. It is a free event that is held every other year on the George Mason University Fairfax campus. It is attended by more than 800 students with disabilities, their families, and professionals. The Northern Virginia Transition Coalition, of which GMU T/TAC is a member, organizes Future Quest. For registration and more information futurequest.gmu.edu
  • The Region IV Transition Council is open to all professionals in Region IV involved in secondary transition of students with disabilities, including school personnel and rehabilitative services professionals. Meetings are held three times during the school year and afford professional development for members on a wide range of topics current in transition. Contact: Jessica Rouse jessica.rouse@dars.virginia.gov
  • The I'm Determined Project, a state-directed project of the Virginia Department of Education, supports educators, administrators, school personnel and parents to increase self-determination skills of students with disabilities from kindergarten to 12th grade. School personnel use the I’m Determined Web site, www.imdetermined.org , which includes modules, films, lesson plans, student materials and tools (One-Pager, Good Day Plan and Goal Setting and Attainment) on self-advocacy and other core components of self-determination. TTAC Coordinators provide technical assistance on the I’m Determined process to school personnel and parents.
  • The I'm Determined Youth and Parent Summit brings together more than 100 middle and high school students and families from throughout Virginia each year. Held during the summer on the campus of James Madison University, participants converge to network and further develop their leadership capabilities and self-determination skills. Youth from Region IV are encouraged to apply to attend the Youth and Parent Summit. Applications are available at the I’m Determined web site, generally near the beginning of the calendar year. The Youth Leaders of this group interact with policymakers and speak at education and training events throughout the year.

For questions about the I'm Determined project, please contact:

Diane Loomis
dloomis@gmu.edu

(703) 993-4496
Arlington, Alexandria, Culpeper, Madison, Manassas City, Manassas Park, Orange, Page, Rappahannock

Nancy Anderson
nanders7@gmu.edu
(703) 993-4496
Clarke, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fauquier, Frederick, Loudoun, Prince William, Shenandoah, Warren, Winchester City

State Activities

Secondary Transition supports the Virginia Transition Forum, including planning and evaluation of the Forum. The project contributes to activities of the Virginia Division of the Council for Exceptional Children Division on Career Development and Transition (VADCDT).

Transition Resources

Transition Resources specific to Region IV:

Disability Support/Advocacy Groups
(More resources available on TTAC Online www.ttaconline.org or www.vafamilysped.org) College Resources (More resources available on TTAC Online www.ttaconline.org or www.vafamilysped.org)

Community Services (More resources available on TTAC Online www.ttaconline.org or www.vafamilysped.org) Web sites

Transition contact:
Diane Loomis, Ph.D. dloomis@gmu.edu