President’s Corner

Joan Lovegren-O’Brien

VADCDT has been very busy since June.  

Transition: The Future is Now conference was held in Staunton, VA with our partners VDOE, DARS, VECAP, and WWRC. The keynote speakers from Colorado spoke about IEP Triangulation. It was very informative. Along with the keynote speakers we had an Agency Panel Discussion at lunch and break-out sessions that included information about WIOA, Transition 101, Navigating the Employment Puzzle and Vocational Assessment, Legislative Advocacy, and Assistive Technology!  Believe it or not, but that was only the first day!  The committee, on the second day, had speakers discuss Aligning the IEP and IPE goals, and Employment First. Our big hit was the tour of Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center. Thank you to the committee, vendors, speakers, and participants for an enlightening conference!

The 2015 VADCDT Awards were given out at the Youth Summit June 19. The winners are:


Employer of the Year:  St. Francis Medical Center and their partnership with Chesterfield County Public Schools, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services in Project Search



Leader of the Year Award:  Amanda Randall and her strong leadership with the VDOE I’m Determined Project from JMU T/TAC;                                                                     



Youth of the Year:  Annie Downing who is a devoted to her dreams, selfless in assisting others, advocate for all, leader in everything she pursues, vibrant, enthusiastic, role model, passionate, and committed


As President of VADCDT, I had the opportunity to attend the DCDT conference Blazing New Trails in Transition in Portland, Oregon – it was powerful, full of intriguing sessions, and most importantly, session material to share and utilize within our Virginia communities. I’m preparing a summary that will be posted on our website soon!

Our VADCDT Fall Conference, School Wise – Career Ready! is being held at Roslyn Center on December 7 – 8. There is limited space available. Please see the website for details!

If you, or anyone you know are interested in becoming a part of this vibrant and energetic team, please contact anyone on the Board, so we can include you in your area of interest or expertise! We are always looking for additional members and people willing to represent us on the Board.