Welcome to VA DCDT 2014 – 2015!

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Welcome to VA DCDT 2014 – 2015!

Virginia Department of Education Announces New Transition Center for Students with Disabilities
Center Established through Collaboration with Virginia Commonwealth University

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) today announced the establishment of the Center on Transition Innovations (CTI). The new center is a collaborative venture of VDOE and the VCU School of Education’s Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC). It will serve as a statewide resource to support school divisions, service providers, students with disabilities and their families as they work together to facilitate successful transitions for students with disabilities after they leave school.

CTI, which was funded through a $2 million VDOE special education and student services start-up grant, will assist stakeholders in identifying career goals, encouraging skill building so individuals can live as independently as possible in their communities and increasing inclusive postsecondary competitive employment, education, and training opportunities.

“The Center on Transition Innovations will build upon the success of existing programs for transition-age students,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright. “Its success will be measured in the independence and sense of fulfillment students with disabilities achieve after graduating from high school.”

Named to lead CTI are Paul Wehman as principal investigator and Elizabeth Getzel as director. Both are employed by VCU and will work with VDOE and other state agencies.

“Youth with disabilities are an incredible source of potential labor for businesses in the commonwealth, many with greatly untapped potential,” said Wehman, who directs the RRTC.  “With the new Center on Transition Innovations, we will be working closely with school districts, vocational rehabilitation, higher education and businesses to develop innovative ways to include these young people in the labor force.”

Through its website, CTI will provide information on available resources including online courses, webcasts, videos, newsletters, fact sheets and topical papers. CTI will also be involved in transition-related research and transition program development.

For contact information about a Transition Council in your area, please click on link below.
Virginia Transition Councils

For information about the structure of Virginia Transition Councils, please click here.

Message from our President, Patricia Aldridge:

Welcome to the Virginia chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division on Career Development and Transition website (VA DCDT).
Our goals for 2014 – 2015 include the following:

1. Increase subdivision membership by 10%
2. Promote/sponsor multiple professional development activities
3. Increase participation of representatives from multiple stakeholders
4. Explore ways to increase revenue to support VA DCDT projects
I would also like to take this opportunity to introduce the VA DCDT Executive Board for 2013 – 2014:

Past President
Lisa Holland
Transition Training Associate
Virginia Commonwealth University
Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC)
Center for Transition Innovations
Patricia Aldridge
Associate Professor
Virginia State University


Renee Bullano
Director of Research and Demonstration
Virginia Commonwealth University
Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC)
Center for Transition Innovations
Amanda Randall
Statewide Coordinator Self-determination Project
Virginia Department of Education, James Madison University, T/TAC
Legislative Lead
Mary Young, Transition Consulting Teacher
Loudoun County Public Schools

Newsletter Lead
Diane Loomis, Transition Coordinator
Virginia Department of Education T/TAC, George Mason University

Joan Lovegren-O’Brien, Program Administrator I – Transition
Newport News Public Schools

Faith Hottle
Rockingham Public Schools
Kim Bledsoe
Transition Resource Teacher
Culpeper County Public Schools
Sue Britt
Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center
Judy Averill
Doniella Kissinger
Ad hoc Student Representative
Longwood University
Kari LaBell
Ad hoc VACTE – SND
Douglass Support Facility