Webinars

My Life, My Goals, My Future

Elevating the Student Self-Advocate Voice and Fostering Self-Determination in the Youth-to-Adulthood Transition Process to Employment

The third in our three-part webinar series, “My Life, My Goals, My Future: Elevating the Student Self-Advocate Voice and Fostering Self-Determination in the Youth-to-Adulthood Transition Process to Employment”, was hosted on Wednesday, April 28th 2021.

 

Description:

All too often, efforts to improve education, service delivery, and employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities fail to empower the individuals themselves to play a key role in improving their own lives. This webinar will address this and offer valuable takeaways to help elevate the student voice. Practical strategies that promote self-determination will be shared, with a particular focus on competence, relatedness, and autonomy. Everyday opportunities to strengthen choice-making and goal-setting will be discussed. Featured will be a “Learning Lab” model that brings self-advocates together and positions them as key decision-makers. Finally, self-advocates will share their employment experiences and offer tips to better engage individuals through the employment process. 

 

Session Participants were be able to:

  1. Increase knowledge of effective interagency practices and resources.
  2. Gain knowledge of virtual and distance learning cross-system collaboration strategies, resources, and activities for students to achieve successful postsecondary outcomes.
  3. Discuss potential state and national resources to support families and transition-age students, including students with complex needs.

Session Presenters

Dr. John McNaught

Co-Director - Virginia Department of Education’s Training & TA Center

Karin Grandin

TA Liaison - Vocational Rehabilitation Youth TA Center