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.
Dear Students and Families,
I would like to welcome you back to the new school year and review my role at Southern Westchester BOCES - Center for Career Services (CCS). I am the full-time Transition Specialist at CCS. I have a Master's in Education in School Counseling. I have over 25 years of experience in non-for profit, local and state agencies counseling student's and their families on vocational and educational services as they transition throughout a student's school career, and into adulthood.
As the Transition Specialist, I help bridge the gap between school staff, families, and community service providers. Community agencies include Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR), Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), and the Office of Mental Health (OMH), as well as other entities. These service providers can assist students as they begin their journey into the adult world. In preparation for life after school, the Transition Specialist can assist in navigating the transition planning process by offering workshops to empower families and provide career exploration activities for students during their school day, such as career assessments, career exploration activities and related counseling services.
I am available for students and families. If you have any questions or want to make an appointment you can reach me at my office at 914-761-3400 ext. 2322 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org