Transition Specialist Services
Transition can be the most daunting time for families. As students leave school and become adults, families need to be sure that they have systems in place to ensure that their child’s needs are met as they age out of school into the community. The Transition Coordinator can be a family’s guide between these two sometimes very separate worlds. However, Transition Coordination Services can be utilized for those students with medical conditions who do not receive any special services. The Transition Coordinator can bridge the gap between services in the community such as ACCES – VR, OPWDD, and other entities in the community that can assist students and families. The Transition Coordinator offers connections to link up with Medicaid Service Providers, understanding of navigating the Front Door system, links with Westchester County for Para Transit and discounted public transportation, and personal planning with families for recreational services. For students with disabilities, the Transition Coordinator also communicates and provides feedback to the classroom teacher to ensure compliance with IEP transition goals.
Hello Students and Families,
My name is Geraldine Healy, and I am excited to join Southern Westchester BOCES in the position of Transition Specialist in our Center for Career Services. I am writing to formally introduce myself and would like to send praises to you all for your hard work and resilience. It has been a tough year. Now looking forward to the next year and beyond I would like you to consider what is the next step for your student to transition into adulthood.
ACCES-VR is a New York State agency that provides Adult Career and Continuing Education Services and Vocational Rehabilitation for any student with an IEP, 504 or holds a medical diagnosis and may need assistance getting a job or interested in post-secondary education. ACCES- VR is a great resource/support whether your pathway is college, trade school, or is going straight to work after high school. Most of these services are FREE to your student. They provide the following:
● Vocational counseling
● Vocational education (e.g., *college or technical/ business school)
● Job placement services
● Job skills training
● *Driver evaluation training
● Work related books, tools, licenses, and rehab technology
● Referral to outside agencies for additional supports
*These ACCES-VR services may require you to pay towards their cost based on financial need and should be discussed further with your assigned ACCES-VR Counselor.
I will be stopping by your student’s classroom within the next week or so to share this resource. I have attached a brochure and their consent forms to get started. The team at SWBOCES will be able to send the additional documentation once you and your student have signed the consent and returned them to me by October 30th, 2021.
To learn more about the services they provide, I have included two important links: Video orientation on ACCES-VR Services: ACCES-VR Video ACCES-VR Website: ACCES-VR
Should you have any questions regarding this service, please feel free to contact me.