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Thursday, December 3 • 9:20am - 10:10am
Collaborating Through Change: Portland's Employment First Seamless Transition Project LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available

Learn from Portland's Employment First Seamless Transition Pilot Project. We've been on a journey to increase the number of students exiting school transition programs that are making a smooth & seamless transition to competitive employment of choice. We have created a team approach to support students and families with this exciting life change. We will discuss our model, what has and has not been successful and how you might create a similar team within your transition program. Over 50% of the students exiting the CTC program in June 2015 were employed. Our panel will include a Transition Teacher, Employment Specialist and an employed graduate. OBJECTIVES: By the end of this session participants should be able to: In the end session participants should be able to: 1. Use practical strategies to facilitate collaboration between agencies or individuals tasked with seamless transition or creating competitive employment outcomes. 2. Recognize barriers that derail seamless transition outcomes. 3. Identify the essential features that underpin either a seamless transition or competitive employment outcome (e.g. roles and responsibilities, transportation, soft skills, motivation to work, work incentives, etc.).

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Heidi Dirkse-Graw

President/CEO, Dikrse Counseling & Consulting, Inc.
Heidi Dirkse-Graw, MS, CRC, LPC is President and CEO of Dirkse Counseling & Consulting, Inc., a company of 23 employees who engage both employers and job seekers/employees with a focus on promoting disability inclusion in the workplace. Dirkse Counseling and Consulting, Inc. Heidi... Read More →
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Sarah Statham

Transition Coordinator, Centennial Transition Center
Sarah is the Transition Coordinator and teacher for the Centennial Transition Center (CTC). She has been teaching for over 17 years and has been with the Centennial School District since 2001. The CTC has participated in Oregon’s Seamless Transition Project for over two years... Read More →

Thursday December 3, 2015 9:20am - 10:10am PST
Sunstone 1401 SW Naito Parkway Portland, OR 97201

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