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As young adults transition to living more independently, health care becomes a concern. Many young adults are not aware of how to find appropriate health care and learn that navigating health insurance, Medicaid, and other health care-related programs can be daunting.

Got Transition from the National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health has a goal to improve transition for young adults to adult health care. They’re “working to:

  • expand the use of the Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition™;
  • improve knowledge and competencies in providing effective health care transition supports;
  • develop youth and parent leadership in advocating for needed transition supports;
  • promote health system measurement, performance, and payment policies; and
  • serve as a clearinghouse for current transition information, tools, and resources.”

    Got Transition provides an online service that helps young adults and parents determine what information they need to support young adults in becoming independent in managing their health care. The “Are you ready to transition to adult health care?” quiz asks questions about what the young adult already knows about their own health care and then provides information and links on what to do next.

    Check out the Got Transition quiz “Are You Ready to Transition to Adult Health Care?” and then pass it on to your colleagues, students, and their families.

We are excited to announce the release of the Indiana Transition IEP Miniseries. The seven-course miniseries is a free online training from the Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center. Each course (they’re brief!) is designed to help you become more familiar with the components of the cyclical planning process and support you as you create quality Transition IEPs with your students.

Courses in the Transition IEP Miniseries are:

• Introduction
• Student Involvement
• Present Levels of Functional Performance
• Transition Assessments and Postsecondary Goals
• Transition Services and Activities
• Annual Goals
• Conclusion

You can complete the entire series or individual courses. The miniseries is designed both for teachers new to the field and for teachers and administrators who just want a refresher. Upon completing courses, you can receive contact hours used toward Professional Growth Points, up to a total of 10.5 contact hours for completing the entire miniseries.

The Transition IEP Miniseries is provided online through IU Expand. The IU Expand link to the Transition IEP Miniseries will give you information on how to create an IU Guest Account and enroll. And—in case you lose this email—we’ll post the link to the series on the INSTRC website, in Transition Resources, Archived Trainings, and in the Resource Collection: Professionals New to Transition.

We’re following up today on our Benefits 101 webinar of October 29. We recorded the session and it’s now up on the INSTRC website, but you can link to Benefits 101 here.

For those of you who didn’t have a chance to listen in, the webinar was presented by Stephanie Gage, who is the project coordinator of Indiana’s Benefits Information Network (BIN). Supported through Indiana VR, the BIN project trains and certifies a group of liaisons who provide resources and counsel individuals and their families around the state. Like the Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center, BIN is a project of the Center on Community Living and Careers (CCLC).

Want more benefits info for families? We have a page of work incentive and benefits information fact sheets on our CCLC website. And if you scroll down, you’ll find a series of four fact sheets specifically for students in transition.
Supplemental Security Income After Age 18
Social Security Disability Insurance
Working and Paying for Health Care
More State and Federal Benefits

And just so you know: Stephanie and her team keep tabs on changes to benefits, so we update the fact sheets annually. Look for new fact sheets in January 2020.

September’s collaborative learning across the state highlights the many ways we can count our creative connections and uses of multiple transition resources! Although we have wrapped up our six regional face-to-face trainings and final webinar, we want to provide some of the most important resources from these trainings.

We’ve posted the webinar presentation and the FAQs below and on the INSTRC website. We’re also including the link here to Padlet, where you’ll find a gold mine of the many resources provided during the trainings.

Everything Counts! webinar
PowerPoint presentation
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Working in secondary transition, we try to help students envision their best life. What is the best way to prevent negative outcomes? To promote positive actions that lead to desired outcomes! If we wait until a problem exists and then attempt to treat it, overcome it, or even hide it, then we have waited too long!

It is much easier to stay healthy than to become healthy once a life event changes your course. The Indiana Prevention Resource Center understands that. They’ve created What’s Your Side Effect?, a campaign encouraging young people to avoid substance abuse and live their most healthy, passionate life. Check out the What's Your Side Effect websiteand find out how your students can use the campaign’s three strategies to:

Set the Stage—develop strong relationships, mentors, safe places, and healthy lifestyles to increase student chances for success.

Dream Big—enthusiastically pursue what makes a student come alive.

Bring a Friend—find the fun in pursuing a passion by supporting friends who are also pursing their passions.

Nice related video series here too, that you could use in your classrooms.

When parents ask you those tough benefit questions, do you scramble for information, or even (be honest!) try not to make eye contact? We understand. Benefits are just complicated.

Stephanie Gage, a project coordinator at the Center on Community Living and Careers (CCLC), will host a free webinar for parents and teachers on Tuesday afternoon, October 29, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Eastern Time. Gage works with CCLC’s Benefits Information Network (BIN), providing training and certification to professionals around the state who advise individuals and their families about how benefits impact work and supports.

The webinar will highlight how transition-aged youth can use work incentives, such as the Student Earned Income Exclusion, to explore working with supports and safety nets that can prevent them from losing their benefits. Gage will also explain Social Security’s Ticket to Work program, Vocational Rehabilitation Services, SSI, SSDI, and healthcare coverage as well as asset-building resources and how to report earnings.

This webinar is free of charge, and you do not need to register. We encourage schools to share the webinar link with parents and family members—or you might consider projecting the webinar in a classroom so that multiple families and staff can attend. For those who can’t participate, INSTRC will record and post the webinar on its website.

For more information, see our events calendar listing, or just link to on the day of the webinar.

In 2017, the U.S. Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services published “A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities.” The guide introduces transition team members to:

• Transition IEP rules and regulations
• Vocational Rehabilitation eligibility and Pre-Employment Transition Services
• Supported, customized, and self-employment post-school options
• Preparation and paying for college
• Strategies for supporting students to make their own decisions
• Links to programs and services involved in transition

Also included in the guide are a chart listing key points in the transition process and a glossary of terms.

Though the OSERS Transition Guide contains information on transition concepts and best practices, it does not go into detail about specific state practices. Consider pairing the “Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment...” with “Indiana Diploma Decisions” (available on the INSTRC website in both English and Spanish) as resources for families during case conference meetings or parent nights.

One in five high school students report being bullied at school, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics. The Centers for Disease Control says that more than 15% of teens say they have been cyberbullied.

Have you checked out the Pacer Center’s Teens Against Bullying page? With music videos, T-shirts, bookmarks, discussion questions, and stories shared by other teens, the page is a must!

For a sneak preview, watch:

  • This I Believe, a performance and adaptation of an essay written by a 14-year-old student
  • Help Me, music video by Dat Stern
  • Butterfly, music video by Lizzie Sider

Flip the script in your school with Teens Against Bullying.

Open up your calendars! There are two upcoming webinars you may want to add to your schedule.

The first comes to you October 2, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Eastern Time, from the Indiana Department of Education, Office of Special Education. IDOE’s Michelle Oja will help you understand the transition portfolio components, explore Indiana Career Explorer, duplicate the Google Sites Template for your own use, and incorporate students’ postsecondary plans into the transition portfolio. Register now for the Transition Portfolio Informational Webinar.

The second webinar is an online wrap-up of the “Everything Counts! Transition IEP Regional Trainings” presented this month by the Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center. The trainings cover graduation pathways, transition activities and services, the Certificate of Completion, and measurable annual goals. If you did not have a chance to attend one of the six in-person trainings this past month (we have two more—in New Albany and West Lafayette!), join us online October 16, from 1-2:30 p.m., Eastern Time. The webinar is free, and you do not need to register for this one to connect. Just click on the Everything Counts! Zoom link.

Need a quick way to explain adult supports and decision making to students and families? Last spring Mackenzie Jones, a graduate assistant with the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, created a video that does just that.

Before a student turns 18, parents or primary caregivers should be investigating options for how that young adult will make decisions about health care, finances, work, school, where they’ll live, who they’ll live with, how they save and spend their money, and virtually every aspect of their developing adult lives. With new legislation passed last year in Indiana, students and their families have a range of choices to explore, including the newer, less restrictive option for Supported Decision Making.

This not-quite-10-minute video explains the spectrum of support in Indiana. It also features Adria Nassim, who works with us here at the Institute and the Center on Community Living and Careers. In the video, Adria talks about how she relies on a diverse set of supports to live and work in the community. Seeing how someone “makes it work” could be insightful for transitioning students and family members.

Check out Transitioning from Adolescence: Alternatives to Guardianship, and share the link or screen it at your next parent information night!