VDOE Division of Special Education and Student Services Updates

Marianne Moore Virginia’s State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) will focus on increasing graduation rates over the next several years by focusing on instruction in math and reading, attendance, and suspensions. As of July 1, 2015, the Special Diploma is called the Applied Studies Diploma.  Work on the domains and competencies… Read more“VDOE Division of Special Education and Student Services Updates”

Project SEARCH in Virginia: Transitioning Successfully from School to Work

Kendal Swartzentruber Publicity Chair Community collaboration appears to be an interwoven piece to addressing the variability around successful transition for youth with disabilities. Project SEARCH is a unique model that emphasizes collaboration as an essential piece to creating successful school-to work outcomes for youth. Inquiry into how models, like Project… Read more“Project SEARCH in Virginia: Transitioning Successfully from School to Work”

Employment First

Jessica Stehle Increasing community-based, competitive, integrated employment for individuals with disabilities has become a growing focus in Virginia and across the country.  This national movement, referred to as Employment First, emphasizes employment in the general workforce as the first and preferred option for individuals with disabilities receiving assistance from publicly… Read more“Employment First”

Department of Justice Settlement Agreement

Candice Lang Legislative Lead On September 30, 2015, the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) held a stakeholder meeting to provide updates on the Department of Justice (DOJ) 2012 Settlement Agreement. This agreement provided a resolution to DOJ’s investigation of Virginia’s training centers and community programs and the state’s compliance… Read more“Department of Justice Settlement Agreement”

Application for Professional Development

Virginia Division of Career Development and Transition  Application for Professional Development   In an effort to support members’ involvement in professional development activities, VADCDT is offering scholarships to be used to participate in transition-related events or programming.  Scholarship amounts vary based on need, typically not exceeding $150 per request. Transition events… Read more“Application for Professional Development”

Future Quest

Future Quest is a FREE college and career event held every two years for middle and high school students with disabilities, young adults with disabilities, their families, and professionals who work with them. It is organized by the Northern Virginia Transition Coalition. One of the largest events of its kind… Read more“Future Quest”