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2016

MTSA Annual Conference

Innovate

Inspire

Ignite
March 16th 18th, 2016
Bavarian Inn Lodge & Conference Center
Frankenmuth, Michigan

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CONTENTS

Welcome

General Information

Conference Agenda

C. David Anderson Award

MRS/MTSA Collaborative Project, Educator and Sponsorship Recipients

Scholarship Awards Mini Grants Lifetime Members

Conference At A Glance
Pre-Conference Workshop
Thursday Keynote

7-8
9
10

Concurrent Sessions 1

11 - 13

Concurrent Sessions 2

14 - 15

Thursday Post-Session Activities

15

Concurrent Sessions 3

16 - 17

Concurrent Sessions 4

18 - 19

Friday Keynote

20

Concurrent Sessions 5

21 - 22

Concurrent Sessions 6

23 - 24

Board Members

25

Committee Chairpersons & Liaisons

26

Conference Planning Committee

27

Lead Presenters

28

Notes
Meeting Room Maps

29 - 31
31 - Inside Back Cover

Please be aware that photographs will be taken throughout the conference. These photos may
be used in future written or electronic publications related to MTSA. If you would prefer not to be
photographed, kindly notify the photographer or step to the side if you are in a group scene.
The Michigan Transition Services Association does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, natural origin,
gender, age, disability, genetic information, religion, or any other legally protected status in its programs,
services and activities. The president of the Association has been designated to handle inquiries regarding
nondiscrimination.

Michigan Transition Services


Association
24th Spring Conference
March 16 - 18, 2016 Transition ~ Innovate, Inspire, Ignite
Let us first start off by thanking all our members, both seasoned and new, students, family members,
community partners, presenters and guests for taking their valuable time to travel to participate in our Annual
Conference: TRANSITION ~ INNOVATE, INSPIRE, IGNITE. We extend a glorious and heartfelt WELCOME to each
and every one of you.

As we all embrace over the next few days to intentionally participate, increase our

knowledge, and collaboratively move toward an inclusive approach outlined in The 2020 Federal Youth Transition
Plan: A Federal Interagency Strategy to improve outcomes for youth with disabilities, lets be reminded of the
following shared vision:
Our vision is that all youth programs are based on universal design principals so that youth, regardless of
their individual challenges, including disability are equipped to pursue a self-directed pathway to address their
interests, aspirations, and goals across all transition domains including community engagement, education,
employment, health and independent living that will ultimately result in positive, everyday social inclusion.
Secondly, please be reminded that this conference strongly promotes networking opportunities between
colleagues and peers who hold similar visions for young adults here in Michigan. These relationships and supports
become our greatest resource. We are very fortunate in our state to have an incredible amount of dedicated and
passionate individuals who work every day (and late into the night) to support ALL our young adults. Also, we
would like to acknowledge and offer a compassionate ear and support to our colleagues, students and families in
our Detroit and Flint Schools. They live and work in communities in need of so much.
We would also like to give an abundant bouquet of kudos to all of our conference committee members. They
work not only full time in their districts, but full time with taking on extra responsibilities to make this conference
successful. These individuals also include retirees from the education ranks who continue to promote and support
the ideals of transition.
Lastly, thank you to the Bavarian Inn Hotel and Conference Center staff. You remain accommodating and
dedicated to us; providing endless support which allows our MTSA conferences to continually transition in a
professional direction.

Respectfully,
Michelle Rutan & Sue Delsi

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 General Information 
MTSA Conference Headquarters Information
Any questions regarding the conference can be addressed at the Conference Registration Table in the
River Rooms Lobby.

Registration Check-In Information


Registration check-in on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, will be from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Registration on Thursday, March 17, 2016, begins at 7:00 a.m. and continues until 4:00 p.m.

Presenter Information
Presenter information is available at the Presenters/Facilitators Registration Table in the River Rooms Lobby.
Thank you for presenting at the 2016 MTSA Conference!

Facilitator Information
Please pick up your Facilitator Folder at the Presenters/Facilitators table in the River Rooms Lobby.
Thank you for volunteering!

Continuing Education Credits


If you are requesting either SCECHs or CRCCs, please check in at the Credit Table on Wednesday from 11:30
a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 5:00-6:00 p.m. or Thursday morning. Credit can be earned by attending the Pre-Conference
session on Wednesday. Credit can also be earned on Thursday and Friday by attending the keynote
presentation and a session in each time slot offered. You must enter the Session Code given to you at the end
of each session on your MDE SCECH or CRCC Conference Form. You must stay for the entire session in order to
receive credit. Questions can be directed to Jo Cherry.

Breakfast Information
Continental breakfast will be served on Thursday. A breakfast buffet will be available on Friday. Breakfast on
both days will be available from 7:00-8:30 a.m. in the Enclosed Courtyard, Composer Rooms Lobby and River
Rooms Lobby.

Food Information
Some food is included in the conference registration fee. This includes Wednesdays Pre-Conference and
Welcome Reception, Thursdays continental breakfast and box lunch, and Fridays breakfast buffet. If you
would like to purchase any food a la carte, the fees are: continental breakfast (Thursday): $7.50; box lunch
(Thursday): $15.00; awards banquet (Thursday Evening): $25.00; breakfast buffet (Friday): $7.50. You may pay
for any of these at the Conference Registration Table.

Lunch Information
A box lunch is provided Thursday, March 17, from 12:15-1:00 p.m. for all registered conference attendees and
for those who purchased individual tickets. Please present the ticket found in your name badge when you
pick up your lunch in the Enclosed Courtyard or Composer and River Rooms Lobbies. Special lunches, arranged
ahead of time, will be available only in the Enclosed Courtyard.

MTSA Awards Banquet - By Reservation Only - Check your name badge!


If you signed up and paid for the Awards Banquet when you registered for the Conference, you have a dinner
reservation! The stamp on your name badge serves as your entry ticket. Please present your name badge at
the door. If you signed up for the banquet and do not have a stamp on your name badge, or you would like to
purchase a dinner reservation, please see Marian Kramer or Jennifer Trackwell at the Conference Registration
Table.

Message Board
A message board for conference attendees will be located at the Conference Registration Table. You may
leave or receive messages here for other attendees. Please check the message board periodically for any
messages.

Exhibits and Marketplace


Exhibits will be open from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Thursday and some until 11:00 a.m. on Friday in the Composer
Rooms Lobby and the River Rooms Lobby.

Name Badges
Badges must be worn at all functions and can be picked up at the Conference Registration Table.

Lost and Found


Lost and Found is located at the Conference Registration Table. Any items remaining at the conclusion of the
conference will be turned over to the Bavarian Inn Lodge.

Smoking
Smoking is allowed only in designated areas. There is no smoking allowed inside the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and
the Bavarian Inn Lodge and Conference Center per state law.

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Transition ~ Innovate, Inspire, Ignite


OVERALL CONFERENCE AGENDA
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Registration Open - River Rooms Lobby

12:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Pre-Conference Workshop:
Stevie Hopkins, Stevie Speaks, Co-founder of 3ELove LLC
Self-Determination and the Social Model of Disability&
Dr. Richard Luecking, Research Professor, University of Maryland
Seamless Transition for Youth with Disabilities
- Composer Rooms

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception - River Rooms Lobby

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Registration Open - River Rooms Lobby

Thursday, March 17, 2016


7:00 - 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast - Enclosed Courtyard, River & Composer Lobbies

7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Registration Open

8:15 - 8:30 a.m.

Presidents Welcome Michelle Rutan - Composer Rooms

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Opening Keynote Address:


Anna Dusbiber, Independent Living Youth Services Manager
Explore, Create, Maximize:
A Path Towards Personal Independence
- Composer Rooms

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.


11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions 1
Concurrent Sessions 2

8:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Exhibits and Marketplace Open - River & Composer Rooms Lobbies

12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch - Enclosed Courtyard, River & Composer Lobbies

1:15 - 2:15 p.m.


2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions 3
Concurrent Sessions 4

3:45 - 4:45 p.m.

Annual MTSA General Membership Meeting Lorelei Lounge & Rhine Rooms

3:45 5:15 p.m.

ODEP Seamless Transition to Employment Pilot Sites Meeting (by invitation)


- Danube & Mosel Rooms

6:00 - 7:45 p.m.

Awards Banquet - Composer Rooms

8:30 pm. - 12:30 a.m.

Networking & Entertainment - The Rhythm Kings

Friday, March 18, 2016


7:00 - 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast Buffet - Enclosed Courtyard, River & Composer Rooms Lobbies

7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Registration Table Open

8:30 - 8:45 a.m.

Welcome & Announcements Michelle Rutan, MTSA President

8:45 - 9:45 a.m.

Opening Keynote Address:


Teri Chapman, Whats New at the Michigan Department of
Education, Office of Special Education?
- Composer Rooms

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.


11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions 5
Concurrent Sessions 6
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C. David Anderson Transition Award

In honor of C. David Anderson,


MTSAs dear friend and colleague, an annual award is given to a MTSA member who exemplifies outstanding support
and promotion of transition services through leadership, advocacy, and/or innovation. David passed unexpectedly on
November 22, 1999, after numerous years of devotion to the education and transition of youth with disabilities.
School Year

1999-2000

Recipient

School Year

Sheryl Avery-Meints

2007-2008

Michigan Department of Career Development Rehabilitation Services

2000-2001

Bay Arenac Intermediate School District

Rose Marie Galvin

2008-2009

Farmington Training Center and Past-President of MTSA

2001-2002

Jan Yoak Newman

2009-2010

Rick Conklin

2010-2011

Martha Smith

2011-2012

Arv Anderson

2012-2013

Cathy Schmidt
Oakland Schools

Linda Hubert

2013-2014

Livonia Public Schools

2006-2007

Chuck Saur
Michigan Transition Outcomes Project

Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids

2005-2006

Linda Ratliff
East China School District and Past-President of MTSA

St. Clair County Intermediate School District

2004-2005

Maria Peak
Eaton Intermediate School District

Northern Transition, Inc. and Past-President of MTSA

2003-2004

Ann Marie Ball


Tuscola Intermediate School District

Transition Services Project and Past-President of MTSA

2002-2003

Recipient

Mary-Eileen Goss

Laurie Bradley
Michigan Transition Outcomes Project

Julie Longstreet

2014-2015

Berrien County Intermediate School District

Joetta Cherry
St. Joseph County Intermediate School District and
Past-President of MTSA

2014-2015 C. David Anderson Award Recipient


The Michigan Transition Services Association (MTSA) congratulates Joetta Cherry as the recipient of the
2015 C. David Anderson Award!
Jo is a champion for students, a leader in the transition field and an amazing colleague who is always willing to help
others. She has boundless energy and enthusiasm no matter what the circumstances. She leads by example, has a
realistic perspective about transition and listens, supports and endorses a students right to choose. Jo has an uncanny
sense of others hidden abilities while looking at the whole picture and considering what is best for that individual.
Students reap the full benefits of her warm cheerful approach to life. She has spent her career investing in the lives of
others and has set a very high standard of work ethic, compassion, empathy and professionalism.

May Davids legacy live on through us and with us,


as we strive to impact all of the youthful lives that we touch!
Joetta Cherry,
Transition Coordinator
St. Joseph County ISD

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2016 MRS /MTSA Collaborative Project Team Recipients


The MRS/MTSA Collaborative Project began in 2011 to establish and strengthen a collaborative relationship between
MRS & MTSA. The goal is to increase employment outcomes for transition-aged youth eligible for MRS.
Linda Blankenship
Carrie Dattels
Mark Leeson
Allegan AESA
Cathy Cronick

Wendy Dubuisson

Sally Sturgis

Hillsdale ISD

Denea Barry
Julie Boyce
Matt Davis
Jennifer Giron

Amanda Janes
Judy Kochendorfer
Kevin Leonard
Kristyn Nickelson

Linda Staib
Susanne Waffle

Ingham ISD

Roy Del Valle


Luz Edie
Jane Harris

Diana Maddox
Rosanne Renauer
Michelle Rutan

Maureen Webster
Sarah Winslow

Marquette-Alger RESA

Carol Barbacovi
Sarah Perus

Chad Rowley
Jackie Tahtiren

Lois Weber

Newago County RESA

Tim Berndt

Andrea Scheidel

CONFERENCE SPONSORSHIPS
Sponsorships for conference attendance are awarded to those who without financial assistance
would otherwise not be able to attend. MTSA is proud to offer this opportunity to parents,
educators, agency personnel and college students.
Educator Sponsorship:
Region #
District / Agency
Recipient
1
No Recipient
2
Wild Card *
3

Carrollton Public Schools:


Special Education Teacher

Kristi Tabacsko

Waverly High School:


Special Education Teacher
South Haven Public Schools:
Special Education Teacher

Brittany Kevern
Vicki Putnik

South Redford School District:


Special Education Teacher Consultant

Detour Area Schools:


Special Education Teacher

Kimberly Badham
Jodi Gilbert

Conference Sponsorship:
Region #
1
2
3
Wild Card *
4
Wild Card *
5

District / Agency

Recipient

No Recipient
Parent to Parent of Southwest Michigan
Eastern Service Unit, Muskegon
Michigan Alliance for Families
Lincoln Consolidated Schools
Goodwill Industries of North Wisconsin &
Upper Michigan, Inc.

* No applicant from the specified region. Awarded to another candidate.

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No Recipient
Rubontay Johnson
Vickie Miller
Kristen Columbus
Brandi Huff
Keith Stenger

2016 MTSA Scholarship Awards


The Michigan Transition Services Association scholarship awards were established in the
year 2000. A total of five scholarships, one per region, are made available yearly. The
Association is interested in assisting those pursuing an education and career in the areas of
special education or rehabilitation.
Scholarships are awarded to MTSA members at the discretion of the committee
established by each Regional Representative, and approved by the Board.
We encourage MTSA members who are working to further their education, to apply for
next years scholarship awards!
2016 MTSA Scholarship Recipients
Region 1 - No Recipient
Region 2 Brittany Hamilton-Reed, East Lansing, MI - Michigan State University
Region 3 Nicholas Smedes, Grand Rapids, MI - Western Michigan University
Wild Card * - Shelli Burdo, Charlotte, MI Michigan State University
Region 4 Rebecca Racine, Escanaba, MI - Western Michigan University
Region 5 Cora Heyboer, Gratiot, MI - University of Michigan Dearborn

Please join us as we congratulate the recipients of the 15th annual MTSA College Scholarship

MTSA Mini-Grants
MTSA provides more than $11,000 annually through mini-grant awards!
Mini-grants are distributed among all five regions. MTSA members may apply to their Regional
Representatives to fund transition-related activities in their districts. Applications can be found on
the MTSA website each fall. For more information visit www.michigantsa.com.

MTSA Lifetime Members


Lifetime membership status in Michigan Transition Services Association is attained by
those who have held the offices of President-Elect, President, and Past-President.
The MTSA Executive Board gratefully acknowledges the dedication and commitment
shown by those who have been critical to our continued growth.
2000 - Rose Marie Galvin
2001 - Jan Yoak Newman
2002 - John Murphy
2003 - Joetta Cherry
2004 - Kim Norman
2005 - Pamela Timmerman
2006 - Andria Carmien
2007 - Rick Conklin
2008 - Larry Phillippi

2009 - Linda Ratliff


2010 - Julia Flowerday
2011 - Geoff Dickenson
2012 - Mary Glovak
2013 - Jim Samsel
2014 - Joetta Cherry
2015 - Beth Opdycke
2016 - Open

More information regarding the history of MTSA can be found on


the website at www.michigantsa.com

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CONFERENCE AT A GLANCE

Thursday, March 17, 2016


BAVARIAN INN RESTAURANT
Room
(capacity)

South
Austrian
(50)
Swiss Valley
(85)

Federal & State Legislation


that Allows Persons to Earn
Over $30,000 a Year and Save
Money

Session 2
11:15 - 12:15

Altmuehl
(80)

Building a
Foundation for
Student
Engagement

Transition & the


Classroom Teacher

Bach
(100)

Joe Longcor

Building Employment Skills


into the Transition Process
Janet Peters

Natural Supports for


Individuals with ASD in
Employment Settings
Kelly Dunlap

The Transition IEP:


The SPP-13 Checklist,
the Goals, the Compliance!

Beethoven
(100)

Brahms
(150)

Danube
(100)

Larry Stemple

Lorelei
Lounge
(60)

Thank You for


Being Here!

Mosel
(60)

See You Next Year!

March 15 17,

2017

Mozart
(50)

Rhine

(60)

John Murphy

George Armstrong

Transition
Work-Based
Learning & the IEP Requirements &
the IEP
Christa Conroy
Hilary Curtis

Personal
Curriculum:
Individualizing the
Strides Toward
Rigor and
Self-Empowerment Relevance of the
Anna Dusbiber
Michigan Merit
Curriculum for ALL
Students
Rashell Bowerman

Employment Strategies for Individuals


with Unusual or Complex Support
Needs
Dr. Richard Luecking

Michigans
Governor Snyders
Statewide
Initiatives Strategy:
Directive on
Hiring People
Removing Barriers
with Disabilities
in the College
Sharon Ellis
Going Process
Christi Taylor

Ready for Life:


A College
Experience
Jane Finn

Positive
Programming for
Students Who
Need the Most
Support
Angelica Rachor

Career & Technical


Education (CTE)
and Special
Education:
A Collaborative
Partnership for
Oakland County

Transition
Activities in 15
Minutes a Day!

The Secondary
Transition Guide
for Students Who
are Deaf or Hard
of Hearing

One Persons
Trash =
Post-Secondary
Treasure!

Cynthia Patton-Johnson

Jocelyn Reese

YEP
Working Works!

Revolutionizing the
Way We Get
Employers to See
Beyond Barriers

Patricia VerMeer

Mary Kaye Aukee

Amelie Clutts

Justin Caine

Please remember to turn in:

When you get home:

Your election ballots no later than


 Complete the online overall MTSA conference
4:00 p. m., Thursday
evaluation.
 All session evaluations
 (A reminder will be sent via e-mail!)
 Your name badge for recycling!
Your evaluations enable us to do a better job for you!
Your feedback, suggestions and speaker recommendations are greatly appreciated!
FYI: Prizes will be drawn at various locations throughout the conference. You must be present to win!


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12:15 1:00 PM Lunch ~ Box Lunches Available in the Enclosed Courtyard, Composer & River Rooms

North
Austrian
(50)

Lori Eshenroder

Session 1
10:00 - 11:00

8:30 AM Opening Session ~ Keynote Speaker: Anna Dusbiber ~ Composer Rooms

West
Alpine
(100)

Job Coaching to Build


Independence

Room
(capacity)

8:45 AM 4:00 PM Exhibits & Marketplace Open ~ Composer Rooms Lobby & River Rooms Lobby

(80)

Session 2
11:15 - 12:15

7:00 8:30 AM ~ Continental Breakfast ~ Enclosed Courtyard, River Rooms Lobby & Composer Rooms Lobby

East
Alpine

Session 1
10:00 - 11:00

Thursday, March 17, 2016


BAVARIAN INN CONFERENCE CENTER

CONFERENCE AT A GLANCE

BAVARIAN INN CONFERENCE CENTER


Thursday, March 17, 2016
Friday, March 18, 2016
Room
(capacity)
Altmuehl
(80)

Session 3
1:15 - 2:15

Session 4
2:30 3:30

Infect - Effect - Pretty.Tough.Girls.


Affect
Sarah Britton
Patrick Shinn

Room
(capacity)

Session 5
10:00 - 11:00

Session 6
11:15 - 12:15

Altmuehl
(80)

MCTI Offers
Accepting, Opportunities for
Not Expecting Transition Youth,
Pre- and PostAlex Kimmel
Graduation
Carol Harms

Cynthia Wright

Bill Nelson

Danube
(100)

Boys and High


Every Student,
School
Every Day:
Graduation Career Preparation
Standards: A
in the Sturgis
Toxic Mix II
Schools

Derrick Fries Ph.D.

Lorelei
Lounge
(60)

Maria Peak

Supporting
Students with
Disabilities in
Career and
Technical
Education
Programs

Claudia Pahls

Transitions in
Translation:
Language of
College Success
Renee Craig

Valerie Felder

Mosel
(60)

Mozart
(50)

Rhine

(60)

Workplace Readiness Course:


Technology-Driven Teaching Tool
George Manson

MTSA - What is
MTSA and Why
You Should be
Involved
Sue Delsi,
Beth Opdycke,
Michelle Rutan

CMH Supported
Employment:
A Case Study

6:00 7:45 PM ~ Awards Banquet ~ Composer Rooms

Community- Whats the Risk?


Brahms Based Transition What You Need to
Center and My Know about Work(150)
Life After HS
Based Learning

Elizabeth Brouwer

Educators Can
Web-Based How Empower
Curriculum Parents/Students
Designed for
Connect with
Students with toCommunity
Special Needs
Agencies
Mark Lyons

Beethoven
(100)

Brahms
(150)

Danube
(100)

Lorelei
Lounge
(60)

Mosel
(60)

Mozart
(50)

Rhine
(60)

Andrea Scheidel

Social Media Revolution


Trooper Michael Darrow

8:30 AM Opening Session ~ Keynote Speaker: Teri Chapman ~ Composer Rooms

Mary Orloski

Vocational
Rehabilitation
Implements the
Workforce
Innovation and
Opportunity Act

Bach
(100)

7:00 8:30 AM ~ Breakfast Buffet ~ Enclosed Courtyard, River Rooms Lobby & Composer Rooms Lobby

Using the
Common Core
Essential
Beethoven
Elements to
(100)
Teach Daily
Living Skills

Cathy Schmidt

8:30 PM - 12:30AM ~The Rhythm Kings Entertainment & Dancing ~ Lorelei Lounge & River Rooms

Kai McDonald

Project SEARCH:
Tips and Tools to
Prepare Students
for Success

3:45 - 5:15 ODEP Seamless Transition to Employment Pilot Sites Meeting ~ Danube and Mosel Rooms

Transition
Resource:
A One-Stop
Shop

3:45 4:45 ~ Annual MTSA General Membership Meeting ~ Lorelei Lounge & Rhine Rooms

Bach
(100)

MRS and MTSA Collaborative


Project:
Year 4
Cynthia Wright

Michigans
Alternate
Content
Standards and
Alternative
Assessments:
A New
Direction

Tips, Tricks and


Transitions:
From High
School to
College

Effective and
Meaningful
Activities to
Ensure a
Successful
Transition

Inter-Agency
Cash Transfer
Agreements and
Services They
Can Provide

Compliance
Marginalizes
People with
Severe Autism

Developing a
Post-High
School
Schedule for
Students in
Transition

April Sue Platt

John Jaquith

Madelyn Haskel

Michael DeCenso

John Murphy

Larry Prout

The Ins and


Outs of
Placing
Students in a
Work
Environment
Rachel Hard

The Right to
Vote:
Promoting
Voter
Participation
and Identifying
Barriers for
Students in
Transition
Ashley Steffen

Collaboration
for
Student Success

Restorative
Justice

Cheryl Levine

David Gruber

Learning Skills
To Pay the
Bills

Facilitating
Collaboration
Through
Transition &
Employment
Services

Melinda Cucinella

Daniel Mitchell

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Wednesday Afternoon

Pre-Conference Workshop
12:30 to 5:00 p.m.
MTSA gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our sponsors!

Stevie Hopkins:
Self-Determination and the Social Model of Disability
Stevie will share his story about how he fell in love with life.
Through highs and lows of adventuring through his life with a
disability, running a business, and forging his own path in the
face of adversity and tragedy, he tells a tale of inspiration and
strength unlike any other.
A student panel from Bay City Central High School will also be
featured to offer their personal experiences.

Dr. Richard Luecking:


Seamless Transition for Youth with Disabilities
Wouldnt it be ideal if youth exit school with a job already in place?
Wouldnt it also be ideal if the day after exiting school looks the same as
the day before: a job and supports to maintain employment? The good
news is we know how to make this happen for all youth with disabilities.
With stories and the latest professional consensus on what constitutes
optimum transition service, Dr. Luecking will share why we should presume
all youth can be employed and why we should expect that the
culmination of special education services is a seamless transition to a job with a clear
career path.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the 2017 Annual MTSA Conference,
please contact Jo Cherry, MTSA Conference Coordinator at jcherry@sjcisd.org

Wednesday Evening
Welcome Reception
Chat & Snack

in the River Rooms Lobby


5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
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Keynote Address
Thursday, March 17, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Anna Dusbiber
Independent Living
Youth Services Manager

Explore, Create, Maximize:


A Path Towards Personal Independence
All youth and young adults with disabilities have their own limitations and strengths
but its moving beyond these limitations and maximizing their strengths that create
opportunities. Throughout my life I saw opportunities as unique experiences that would
enrich my life in significant ways. Grabbing onto these opportunities lead to igniting my
passions and living my success story.
My personal journey toward successful transition began by recognizing the power of
personal independence. At an early age, I met someone with a disability who lived her
life on her terms and it lit my fire to someday do the same. As professionals, we need to
recognize desires, capabilities, and passions of the youth for which we are serving. With
linking these three pieces of the puzzle together, we can create a unique opportunity for
our youth and young adults to grow and thrive. Innovative methods for doing so include
peer support and Respite activities for connecting youth and young adults with other
caregivers in addition to their natural supports. Broadening their sense of community and
access to resources. In my role as a Youth Services Manager at the Ann Arbor Center for
Independent Living, it is my job to assist youth and families in identifying their own personal
journey. Everyones idea of independence is unique; there is no right or wrong way to go
about it. Everyone can create their own success story.

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Concurrent Sessions 1 - Thursday, March 17, 2016 10:00 11:00 A.M.


BAVARIAN INN RESTAURANT: North Austrian
~ 2-Hour Session

BAVARIAN INN RESTAURANT: East Alpine


~ 2-Hour Session

Building Employment Skills into


the Transition Process

Job Coaching to Build Independence


Lori Eshenroder

Janet Peters
The most important roles are those associated
with supporting an individual with a disability in
finding 'real work for real pay', while also
providing valuable services to businesses
(Wehman, Inge, Revell, & Brooke 2007). As such,
a job coach has two customers:
1. the individual with a disability and
2. the employer who will hire the job seeker.
These two roles require unique and different skills.
A job coach must have the ability to represent
the job seeker as a valuable asset to businesses
while also being able to identify and facilitate the
necessary supports for the individual to become
a successful employee. This presentation will
provide the necessary information to take away
from this conference to implement a training
component for staff as 'job coaches'.

BAVARIAN INN RESTAURANT: West Alpine


~ 2-Hour Session

Federal & State Legislation that


Allows a Person to Earn Over
$30,000 a Year and Save Money
Joe Longcor
This interactive session will focus on both:
Specific Social Security work incentives; and
The Michigan ABLE Act allowing individuals to
REMAIN Medicaid Eligible and save up to
$14,000 a year up to $500,000 total (in
addition
to
their
historical
$2,000
asset/resource limit)!

Employment is a crucial aspect of a youth's


journey towards adulthood and an eye towards
eventual employment is a key part of transition
planning. This session will highlight how to help
students understand the importance of building
basic work skills so they are prepared for
employment through a new, free resource
called Punch-In developed by the Great Lakes
ADA Center.

BAVARIAN INN RESTAURANT: South Austrian


~ 2-Hour Session

Natural Supports for Individuals


with ASD in Employment Settings
Kelly Dunlap
This session will cover steps needed to develop a
natural supports (peer to peer) system for an
individual with ASD in an employment setting.
The session includes the strategies for connecting
co-workers with individuals with ASD and with
problem-solving challenges. The session also
introduces strategies outlined by Michael
Callahan for employment success.

BAVARIAN INN RESTAURANT: Swiss Valley


~ 2-Hour Session

The Transition IEP:


The SPP-13 Checklist, the Goals,
the Compliance!
Larry Stemple
IDEA (2004) requires schools to help students
identify
their
appropriate
measurable
postsecondary goals and to help them prepare
to achieve their goals as they meet the
challenges of adult living. This workshop will
provide information on how to write appropriate
measurable postsecondary goals and how to
align them with the IEP, including transition
services and annual goals. In addition, the new
SPP 13 compliance checklist will be reviewed.

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Brahms ~ 2-Hour Session

Altmuehl

Building a Foundation for Student


Engagement

Employment Strategies for Individuals


with Unusual or Complex Support
Needs

George Armstrong
This presentation will make connections between
the standards established for exemplary
transition programs; the preconditions that must
be in place before classroom instruction begins,
the pedagogy needed for rigorous and relevant
learning and teacher evaluation. Promising
practices and research based interventions will
be embedded in this session. The goal of this
experience is to share specific principles, habits,
skills, and strategies that will lead to an integrated
approach to instruction that cultivates and
supports student engagement at the highest
level possible for each individual student.

Dr. Richard Luecking


A key principle of any sincere employment
initiative is the presumption of employability for all
people with disabilities. The field has the tools to
make integrated employment work for all job
seekers - regardless of disability label, need for
support, or economic conditions of the
community in which they live. This presentation
will introduce practical contemporary strategies
for assisting job seekers plan for the job search, as
well as for employer contact and negotiations
based on a solid job search plan.

Danube
Bach

Governor Snyders Directive on Hiring


People with Disabilities

Work-Based Learning & the IEP


Christa Conroy

Sharon Ellis

This presentation will discuss how one ISD is


developing IEPs to include work-based learning
services in a meaningful way that supports
quality IEPs and transition services.

Beethoven

Strides Toward Self-Empowerment


Anna Dusbiber
In order for our youth and young adults to reach
their goals and maximize their potential, we must
create a space where they can realize what their
vision of independence looks like. During this
breakout session, you will be taken through an
activity that will lead your students on a path of
discovering their personal vision to fulfill their lives.
They can identify their areas of interest such as
community activities, hobbies and interests,
social opportunities, and potential employment.
Maximizing the importance of self-determination,
empowerment, and strong self-advocacy skills is
of prime importance for them.

State ADA Compliance Director, Sharon Ellis, will


provide a progress report on Governor Snyders
Executive Directive hiring people with disabilities
into the State of Michigan, as well as Lt. Governor
Calley and Supreme Court Justice Bernsteins
concurrent efforts toward the private sector.
Attendees will learn about the Executive
Directive, what the State is doing to improve
employment opportunities for people with
disabilities, and how attendees can effectively
work with state agencies to prepare their clients
for job opportunities.

Lorelei Lounge

Ready for Life: A College Experience


Jane Finn
Ready for Life is a unique Michigan program at
Hope College which provides students with
moderate disabilities the opportunity to have a
college experience. During this presentation, we
will describe the program, share a video
documenting a day in the life of the students,
and hear from a panel of Ready for Life
participants about their college experiences.

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Mosel

Career & Technical Education (CTE) and


Special Education: A Collaborative
Partnership for Oakland County
Mary Kaye Aukee
College and career readiness preparation are
an essential function of transition planning. One
option connected to both is Career & Technical
Education (CTE). Learn the foundations of CTE
and supporting students with an IEP in the CTE
environment. Experience the tools and processes
Oakland Schools have developed to assist
students, families, and school staffs in matching
the right student to the right program at the right
time.

Mozart

BAVARIAN INN
Wireless Internet
Instructions
Find the list of available wireless
connections on your computer

The Secondary Transition Guide for


Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Cynthia Patton-Johnson
This guide is a suggested tool to collect the
necessary data for a student who is deaf or hard
of hearing and to assist in making a successful
transition into post-school life. In this session,
participants will learn how to enhance successful
outcomes for students leaving high school
whether it's matriculation into post-secondary
education or other training program, or
employment.

Select the Bavarian Inn option and


connect

Pick up your
Boxed Lunch!

Rhine

YEP Working Works!


Amelie Clutts

YEP - Youth Employment Project is funded by the


MRS-MTSA Grant. Students will present on how
their participation in this project has changed
them. Our collaborative partners will present the
components of the project: Paid Work-Based
Learning, Job Shadows, Paid Job Practicums,
Job
Readiness
Classes,
videos,
public
transportation experiences, informational flash
drives and employer backing, to name a few.

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Courtyard, River & Composer


Room Lobbies
12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Special dietary requests, arranged


ahead of time, available only in the
Enclosed Courtyard

Concurrent Sessions 2 - Thursday, March 17, 2016 11:15 A.M. 12:15 P.M.
Altmuehl

Danube

Michigans Statewide Initiatives Strategy:


Removing Barriers in the College Going
Process

Transition & the Classroom Teacher


John Murphy

This presentation will cover transition assessment,


grades 5-12 timeline. The IEP process with agency
service collaboration in the process will be
discussed. The parent night and needed
transition services will also be highlighted. Bring
questions for discussion.

Bach

Transition Requirements & the IEP


Hilary Curtis

This presentation focuses on building a quality


and compliant IEP with emphasis on the new SPP13 checklist. Participants will be able to write a
well-developed, organized PLAAFP based on
data, with emphasis on eligibility, and have a
clear vision of how to choose connected goals
and supplementary aides/services. Emphasis will
be placed on how to make connections to postsecondary needs for transition age students.

Beethoven

Personal Curriculum: Individualizing


the Rigor and Relevance of the
Michigan Merit Curriculum for ALL
Students

Christi Taylor
The Michigan College Access Network
coordinates a suite of interconnected events
designed to hit all of the milestones a senior
experiences during the college admissions
process. Learn about College Application Week,
the College Cash Campaign, College Decision
Day and how these initiatives build and support
a college-going culture in the high school
building.

Lorelei Lounge

Positive Programming for Students Who


Need the Most Support
Angelica Rachor
All students CAN learn.....but some of them need
a little extra love and patience. Want to increase
productivity and decrease negative behaviors?
In this session you will learn creative programming
and engaging, hands-on tasks for working with
students with low-incidence disabilities.

Mosel

Transition Activities in 15 Minutes a Day!

Rashell Bowerman

Patricia VerMeer

As Michigan strives to ensure that all students are


career and college ready, the requirements of
the Michigan Merit Curriculum may need to be
modified to meet the potential of every student.
This session explains the modifications that are
allowable through a Personal Curriculum,
providing options for students to customize their
education according to their post-school goals.

Struggling to meet the transition needs of your


mainstreamed students? Is the transition page a
place of ideals or a working portion of the IEP?
'Transition Activities in 15 Minutes' will reveal how
one high school teacher, without teacher
assistants, teaches transition in her resource
room. Learn how to achieve transition goals and
create prepared employees, trades people, and
college students.

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Mozart

One Persons Trash =


Post-Secondary Treasure!

Beginning at 8:30 p.m.


on March 17th:

Jocelyn Reese
Learn how to start with staff donations and a
schools lost and founds, and turn them into a
profitable thrift store and up-cycling program.
The Mixter Institute of Transition in Lincoln Park
runs a thrift store and crafting program that
provides a multitude of job and life skills practice,
as well as funding CBI trips. Come see how to
make something out of nothing.

Join us in the
Lorelei Lounge!
Live Music!
Dancing!

Rhine

Revolutionizing the Way We Get


Employers to See Beyond Barriers
Justin Caine
Justin once struggled to get employers to give
him a chance, due to his physical disability. With
few options, he started a, now, successful
company. He recently started a second
organization
focused
on
helping
other
individuals with disabilities, to bust through
stigmas and concerns held by employers.

Performance by

The Rhythm
Kings
The Rhythm Kings is one of Detroits
finest cover bands!

Visit
our
website!

www.michigantsa.com

Featured members are educators,


a lawyer, professional musicians and
an American Idol Hollywood Finalist!

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Concurrent Sessions 3 - Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 1:15 - 2:15 P.M.


Altmuehl

Infect - Effect - Affect

Brahms

Patrick Shinn

Community-Based Transition Center and


My Life After High School

With MTSA's conference theme of 'Innovate,


Inspire, Ignite' the West Shore Educational
Service District's Employ+Ability Skills Class (ESC) is
a perfect fit! The ESC's innovative curriculum and
specific learning targets (and ulterior targets) will
be presented. The ESC is a full-year program
targeting 10th and 11th grade students. The
curriculum is designed to help students explore
their vocational interests, develop essential skills
and foster a positive work ethic. Come prepared
to be INFECTED and inspired to EFFECT change in
your students' AFFECT!

Bach

Bill Nelson
The Community-Based Transition Center (CTC) is
a part of the Van Buren Intermediate School
District. Students attend the CTC after they have
completed all of their high school requirements.
Students are introduced to a transition-based
curriculum so they can be successful in their
community and eventually learn the skills that will
enable them to live independently.

Danube

Boys and High School Graduation Standards:


A Toxic Mix II
Derrick Fries Ph.D.

Transition Resource: A One-Stop Shop


Kai McDonald
Weve definitely all heard, I dont have time to
look for all of the resources I need! There are so
many other things on my plate!. Thats why we
created a one stop shop for all transition
resources in our county. Using a constantly
updated Live Binder website, staff now have
everything they need right at their fingertips! This
presentation will demonstrate the structure and
usability of our resource website, as well as
provide the steps needed to create your own.

At-risk and 'special' boys are failing at American


K-12 schools at unrestrained rates. Today, 56
students will drop-out of Michigan high schools
and approximately 46 will be males. The
suspension and expulsion rate at American
public schools is predominately a male-oriented
activity. Many of these boys have had failed
transitional
planning
and
educational
experiences which disenfranchise success in
schools. This presentation will address ideas and
solutions to keep boys, in special education,
headed to graduation.

Beethoven

Using the Common Core Essential


Elements to Teach Daily Living Skills
Mary Orloski
We have been developing a curriculum that is
based on the Common Core Essential Elements
to teach daily living skills in a simulated home
situation. We have a house that belongs to the
school and we use it regularly to teach and
practice daily living skills. We will present the
curriculum and explain how we are using it at the
house as well as in the classroom.

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Lorelei Lounge

Mosel ~ 2-Hour Session

Supporting Students with Disabilities in


Career Technical Education Programs

Workplace Readiness Course:


Technology-Driven Teaching Tool
George Manson

Valerie Felder
Career and Technical Education (CTE) is
available to students in grades 9-12. This session
will discuss the programs within CTE and the data
concerning students with disabilities that are in
the CTE programs.
Modifications vs.
accommodations of programs will also be
discussed.
Collaboration of CTE staff and
transition coordinators, special education staff,
and other staff is key for students with disabilities
to be successful in CTE programs.

This presentation will give the history, overview,


instructional delivery methodology, data points,
SPP-13 relevance, and general feedback of the
'Work Readiness' program in the Microcomputers
in the Evaluation of Careers and Academics
(MECA) series of courses from the Conover
Company. This course was used as a pilot in
Spring 2015 at Leslie High School.

Mozart

MTSA- What is MTSA and Why You


Should be Involved
Sue Delsi, Beth Opdycke & Michelle Rutan

Knowing what Michigan Transition Services


Association can do for you as a professional, and
how it can impact your students is another part
of the job, one that can make a difference.
Come and learn more!

Rhine

March 17th
3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
Annual MTSA
General Membership
Meeting
ALL INVITED!
Prize Patrol Drawing Immediately
Following
Lorelei Lounge & Rhine Rooms

Web-Based Curriculum Designed for


Students with Special Needs
Mark Lyons
Currently our ISD is implementing an effective
symbol-supported tool that provides materials for
students with special needs. We are utilizing this
as our special education curriculum.
This
presentation will focus on the transition Passport
Binder, a four-part resource that provides
sections which include: Vocational, Daily Living,
Personal Life and Community. The goal of this
program is to assist students into becoming
successful and productive citizens in their
communities.

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Concurrent Sessions 4 - Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 2:30 - 3:30 P.M.


Beethoven

Altmuehl

Pretty.Tough.Girls.
Sarah Britton

Pretty. Tough. Girls. is a cutting edge raw


presentation about the challenges facing girls in
transition. Participants will have the opportunity
to watch a video featuring the stories of three
youth working for Peckham. The presentation will
reveal the brutal statistics against girls in the
justice system, who often have disabilities, and
the many societal obstacles they face and need
to overcome.

Vocational Rehabilitation Implements


the Workforce Innovation and
Opportunity Act
Cynthia Wright

On July 22, 2014 President Obama signed the


Workforce Innovation Act that includes the
Rehabilitation Act.
The new legislation has
implications regarding how MRS will provide
transition services. This presentation discusses
how the changes will impact students at
transition-age.

Brahms
Bach

Project SEARCH: Tips and Tools to


Prepare Students for Success

Whats the Risk? What You Need to Know


About Work-Based Learning
Maria Peak

Cathy Schmidt
Nationally,
Project
SEARCH
employment
outcomes are at 73% for young adults who
complete the one year business-led transition
program. Project SEARCH sites in Michigan have
achieved 65% employment outcomes with some
sites reaching 100% of interns employed! The
instructors from Michigan sites will share tips,
lessons learned, and resources to facilitate the
shift from a school-based mindset to
employment and adulthood. Their stories will
inspire and boost expectations for young adults
with disabilities.

Are your students participating in work-based


learning in your school building or accessing the
community to develop work skills? If so, you'll
want to make sure that you are following all of
the rules to ensure your student's success and
safety. This session will provide a variety of
resources and an overview of the pupil
accounting rules to ensure a successful workbased learning experience.

Seamless Transition to Employment


Pilot Sites Meeting
3:45 5:15 p.m.
Danube & Mosel Rooms
(by invitation)

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Concurrent Sessions 4 - Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 2:30 - 3:30 P.M.


Danube

Mozart

Every Student, Every Day: Career


Preparation in the Sturgis Schools
Claudia Pahls

Elizabeth Brouwer

Sturgis Schools provides all students with a


systemic and well-organized approach to career
awareness, preparation and development
beginning with kindergarten and continuing
through the end of their senior year. The goals
are for every student to have the tools, guidance
and opportunity to create and follow a career
path, to assist students in transitions from school
to work at all levels, and to provide curriculum
and training for involved adults. Coordinating
efforts with the St. Joseph County ISD, the St.
Joseph County College Access Network, and the
Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce enables the
district to reach these goals much more
effectively than they would be able to on their
own. This presentation details the activities,
philosophy,
curriculum,
professional
development, partnerships, and assessments
involved at each level.

Lorelei Lounge

CMH Supported Employment:


A Case Study

Transitions in Translation:
Language of College Success
Renee Craig

Ever feel lost in a new environment? The transition


to college requires a deep understanding of the
cultural, language, and legislative shifts that
occur across contexts. Participants will develop
the ability to empower students to craft effective
partnerships to build communities of support using
the Ecological Model and utilize tools to promote
contextual understanding, self-awareness, and
self-advocacy.

Are you wondering how to help your students


become employed after they have completed
school? This session will offer case study examples
of how in St. Joseph County, the ISD, CMH, and
MRS work as a team to maximize employment
results. We will be giving facts about our process,
as well as sample materials that you can take
home to your home community.

Rhine

How Educators Can Empower


Parents/Students to Connect with
Community Agencies
Andrea Scheidel

Have you been frustrated about limited postsecondary options for your students? Learn how
you can increase participation from agencies
that may likely fund transition services after high
school or aging-out adults. Newaygo County
RESA shares their practical, inexpensive methods
to connect parents with agencies and resources
in their community.

Yolanda Bell
Memorial Scholarship
Michigan
Career
Placement
Association (MCPA) and MTSA
established this scholarship in
conjunction with the Ann Arbor Area Community
Foundation in 2013.
This scholarship is named in honor of Yolanda Bell,
a former MTSA Board member and transition
coordinator who tragically lost her life in an
automobile accident. Jonathon Muir-Cotton is the
second recipient of this scholarship. He will be
honored at the MTSA Annual Awards Banquet on
Thursday evening.

March 17th
6:00 - 7:45 p.m.

MTSA Annual
AWARDS BANQUET
in the Composer Rooms

Please join us!


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Keynote Address
Friday, March 18

Teri Chapman
Director, Office of Special Education,
Michigan Department of Education

Whats New at the


Michigan Department of
Education and the Office
of Special Education?
Teri Chapman is the Director of the Office of
Special Education, Michigan Department of
Education (MDE). She holds an Ed. S. in Special
Education Administration from Saginaw Valley
State University, and both an undergraduate
and Masters Degree in Special Education from
Eastern Michigan University.
Creating balance between meeting the requirements of state and federal laws
governing the effective implementation of special education programs and services
with the need to improve outcomes for students, means designing an effective system
to support this vision.
The Michigan Department of Education and the Office of Special Education are
working to re-envision the role each plays in providing a new type of technical
assistance in which to partner with ISDs and local districts in a common effort to
improve education outcomes for all students. This vision requires a new system to work
within. Join Teri to learn the steps both the Department as well as the Office of Special
Education is taking to create a system to actualize this collaborative work to improve
outcomes for students across Michigan.

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Altmuehl

Danube

Accepting, Not Expecting

Alex Kimmel
'Accepting, Not Excepting' attendees will be
able to: differentiate between acceptance and
awareness; create personalized philosophy
promoting acceptance; understand concept of
neurodiversity; allies and self-advocates reexamine their role to play in furthering the selfdetermination movement. I promise we will share
laughs along the way!

Bach ~ 2-Hour Session

Social Media Revolution


Trooper Michael Darrow

This session will inform communities of emerging


trends of social networking and provide safety
tips to help our children, teens and parents
socialize safely online.

Madelyn Haskel
Transition planning for high school students
represents a significant event in the lives of
adolescents, one that necessitates support from
and collaboration among teachers, parents,
counselors, and administrators. For special
education students this event becomes more of
a goal driven and individualized process that
must be successfully planned for from middle
school on. Middle school and high school
special education teachers will walk away with a
toolkit on how to support and ensure a successful
transition from middle school into high school
and from high school into post-secondary
training.

Lorelei Lounge

Beethoven ~ 2-Hour Session

MRS and MTSA Collaborative


Project: Year 4

Compliance Marginalizes People with


Severe Autism
Michael DeCenso

Cynthia Wright
On July 22, 2014 President Obama signed the
Workforce Innovation Act that includes the
Rehabilitation Act.
The new legislation has
implications regarding how MRS will provide
Transition services. This presentation discusses
how the changes will impact Transition students.

Brahms

Effective and Meaningful Activities to


Ensure a Successful Transition

Michigans Alternate Content


Standards and Alternative
Assessments: A New Direction
John Jaquith

This workshop will focus on the shift to the use of


Essential Elements as Michigan's alternate
content standards in ELA and Mathematics and
the impact on Michigan's alternate assessment,
MI-Access.

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Compliance is not a friend to everyone.


Compliance to the IDEA Act is hurting people
with severe and profound disabilities in a serious
way. The compliance aspect of the transition
process is focused on three unattainable things,
further
education,
employment
and
independent living..
Legislators connect
funding to these aspects, leaving those that
cant, marginalized.

Be on the
lookout for the

PRIZE
PATROL!

Concurrent Sessions 5 - Friday, March 18, 2016 10:00 11:00 A.M.


Mosel

The Ins and Outs of Placing


Students in a Work Environment
Rachel Hard

Michigan
Career
Placement
Association
provides key information and resources for
individuals who coordinate work-based learning
for high school students. This is especially helpful
to anyone new to work-based learning
coordination. Topics include: key components
of a quality program, pupil accounting
requirements, training agreements/plans, labor
laws and safety instruction. Handouts and Weblinks provided.

Prize Patrol Awarding:

Mozart

Collaboration for Student Success

 Each session

Cheryl Levine
Planning for students with disabilities requires
adults to collaborate and transition planning
works best when that collaboration includes
community providers and most importantly the
students. Learn how the 5 dimensions of
collaboration, Governance, Administration,
Organizational autonomy, Mutuality and Norms
can improve student success.

 Welcome reception
 Board meeting
 Awards banquet

You wont want to miss the


Board meeting ~

Rhine

Learning Skills to Pay the Bills


Melinda Cucinella

you could win one of the big ticket items!

Career Skills is a program designed to give


struggling learners who are in 10th or 11th grade
an opportunity to explore career pathways and
learn daily living skills. Billed as the CTC Buffet,
students sample five different Career and
Technical Education (CTE) programs and learn
some valuable life skills in the process. Career
Skills is life-impacting and encouraging to this
special population of students.

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Altmuehl

Lorelei Lounge

MCTI Offers Opportunities for Transition


Youth, Pre- and Post-Graduation

Carol Harms

Larry Prout

MCTI is now offering evaluation services and on


line learning opportunities prior to high school
graduation. In addition, MCTI continues to offer
Career Assessment Services, Math Remediation
and Trade Training. Traits of successful MCTI
students will be presented along with information
about the types of services that are available.

Brahms

Tips, Tricks and Transitions:


From High School to College

This presentation will highlight partnering with


agencies, evaluating vocational support needs,
micro business, identifying students service
needs (individual goals), and individual student
schedules (part time and full time). Participants
will leave with new ideas to try, when building a
post-high school schedule for adults with
developmental disabilities.

Mosel

April Sue Platt

Attending college is an exciting time for


graduating seniors, but it can also be
overwhelming, hectic/chaotic, and challenging.
This session will provide tips in helping students
and their support team prepare for and transition
from high school to college. In addition, sharing
important facts about navigating college
barriers, support services, social/coping skills, and
differences in accommodations and classroom
expectations will be shared.

Danube

Developing a Post-High School Schedule


for Students in Transition

Inter-Agency Cash Transfer Agreements


and Services They Can Provide
John Murphy

This presentation is provided by the CharlevoixEmmet ISD Career Technical Education


members and one of the Michigan Rehabilitation
Services Counselor. They will share information on
the ISD Cash Transfer Agreement with MRS. This
presentation will include tools and forms that are
useable at both the high school and center
based
programs
to
develop
student
employment skills and opportunities. Highlights
will cover classroom support, community career
exploration and a large summer program
supported through the Inter-Agency Cash
Transfer Agreement.

The Right to Vote: Promoting Voter


Participation and Identifying Barriers for
Students in Transition
Ashley Steffen

Voting is at the heart of the American


democratic process. Yet unfortunately, people
with disabilities are severely underrepresented at
the polls. People with disabilities would benefit
from efforts to increase accessibility to polling
locations and to increase accessibility to the
electoral process. No new policies or procedures
should be considered that would allow a
jurisdiction to diminish voting access for people
with disabilities or to restrict their rights to vote.

Mozart

Restorative Justice The Fourth R


David Gruber

Restorative Justice can help students with


disabilities avoid lost class time when disciplined
for misconduct. That's what the data say from a
Michigan Special Education Mediation Program
(MSEMP) pilot project. Discover how students
learn responsibility with their other three Rs.
Explore how you can turn discipline into
education.

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Rhine

Facilitating Collaboration Through


Transition & Employment Services

Thank you

Daniel Mitchell
The main goal and focus of this presentation will
be to provide an understanding of how the
Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP) is
currently providing pre-employment services to
transition-aged youth consistent with recent
WIOA Legislation changes. BSBP will also provide
an opportunity for participants to gain an
understanding of collaborations currently in
place with Michigan Works and the local Center
for Independent Living. In addition, there will be
an opportunity for participants to brainstorm
ideas on how employment services can continue
to be enhanced throughout the school year and
summer months through collaborative efforts.

for attending the


2016 MTSA
Annual Conference!

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Your feedback, suggestions and speaker recommendations are greatly appreciated!

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2015-2016 MTSA Executive Board

Michelle Rutan

President
Michelle Rutan
Ingham ISD
517.244.1211
President-Elect
Sue Delsi
Retired
269.599.4068

Sue Delsi

Jennifer Trackwell

Jennifer Hirst

mrutan@inghamisd.org

Secretary
Jennifer Hirst
DHS / MRS
268.968.4489

hirstj@michigan.gov

suedelsi@gmail.com

Treasurer
Jennifer Trackwell
Livingston ESA
517.202.0748

jennifertrackwell@livingstonesa.org

Cheryl Brown
Hillary Leatherman
Ty Lanway

Region I Representative
Ty Lanway
989.295.7883
tlanway@gmail.com

Chad Rowley
Shannon Delora

Region IV Representative
Cheryl Brown
Ann Arbor Public Schools
734.994.8292 x 52129
brownc@aaps.k12.mi.us

Region II Representative
Hillary Leatherman
Insight School of Michigan
269-838-8584
hleatherman@mvs.k12.mi.us

Region V Co-Representative
Chad Rowley
Marquette Alger RESA
906.226.5178
crowley@maresa.org

Region III Representative


Shannon Delora
Muskegon ISD
231-767-7258
sdelora@muskegonisd.org

Region V Co-Representative
Lois Weber
Copper Country ISD
800.562.7618
lweber@copperisd.org

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Board Appointed
Committee Chairpersons

Board Appointed
Liaison Representatives

Archives/Yolanda Bell Scholarship/Conference Coordinator


Jo Cherry
St. Joseph County ISD
269.467.5444

Bureau of Services for Blind Persons


Shannon McVoy
269.337.3449

mcvoys@michigan.gov

jcherry@sjcisd.org

Council for Exceptional Children


Conference & Education Sponsorships

Open

Cheryl Brown
Ann Arbor Public Schools
734.994.8292 x 52129
brownc@aaps.k12.mi.us

Department of Health & Human Services /


Michigan Rehabilitation Services
Cynthia Wright
517.241.3957

Constitution
Mary Eileen Gross
Bay-Arenac Intermediate School District
989.667.3285 x 3325
gossm@baisd.net

Michigan Career Placement Association


Jo Cherry
St. Joseph County ISD
269.467.5444

Finance Audit
Michelle Rutan
Ingham ISD
517.244.1211

Cynthia Patton-Johnson
313.494.0961

Beth Opdycke
Tekonsha Community Schools
517.767.4121
bnemethmtsa@gmail.com

Judy Hernandez
Harrison High School, Farmington Hills
248.426.1105
judy.hernandez@farmington.k12.mi.us

Jennifer Trackwell
Livingston ESA

517.202.0748

mtsaminigrant@gmail.com

Newsletter
Teresa Root
West Shore Educational School District
231.898-1607
troot@wsesd.org

Nominations/Parliamentarian

suedelsi@gmail.com

Scholarship

hodge@ceicmh.org

Technology Services/Information Services


Sandy Steele
989.422.3225

jennifertrackwell@livingstonesa.org

Western Michigan University,


National Technical Assistance Center on Transition

Mini-Grants

Justin Hodge
CEI-CMH
517.346.8016

cyntpatton@aol.com

Special Education Advisory Committee

Michigan Association on Higher Education and Disability

Sue Delsi
Retired
269.599.4068

jcherry@sjcisd.org

Michigan Dept. of Education Low Incidence Outreach


mrutan@inghamisd.org

Membership

Jim Samsel
Retired
734.439.8175

wrightc1@michigan.gov

ssteele410@charter.net

Transition Issues
Hillary Leatherman
Insight School of Michigan
hillaryleatherman@gmail.com
269.838.8584

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June Gothberg
269.387.2821

june.gothberg@wmich.edu

2016 Conference Planning Committee


The Michigan Transition Services Association Board would like to acknowledge everyone on the Conference Planning Committee for all of their
time and hard work in making this conference possible. The success of this conference is due to their efforts and to your participation.

Jo Cherry & Marian Kramer


Mary Eileen Goss & Maria Peak
Teresa Root
Sue Delsi & Michelle Rutan
Sue Delsi
Sue Delsi
Jo Cherry
Jo Cherry
Jennifer Trackwell
Jo Cherry
Delisle Horton-Willis
Sue Delsi
Jo Cherry & Committee
Beth Opdycke
Jim Samsel
Cheryl Brown & Krista Krefeld-Freier
Laurie Bradley & Maria Peak
Jo Cherry & Committee
Cynthia Patton-Johnson, Michelle Rutan & Justin Hodge
Theresa Rowe
Jo Cherry & Committee
Jo Cherry, Marian Kramer & Jennifer Trackwell
Justin Hodge
Mary Eileen Goss
Michelle Rutan
Jo Cherry
Cheryl Brown
Maria Peak, Chad Rowley & Jason Towler
Sue Delsi
Jo Cherry

ABC Registration System


Accommodations
Advertising
(C. David) Anderson Award
Appreciations
Banquet Program
Credits
Entertainment
Exhibitors (including Art Work)
Evaluation (Overall & Sessions)
Facilitators
Food
Keynote Speakers
Membership
Mini-Grants
Photography
Pre-Conference
Presenters
Prize Patrol
Program for Conference
Promotional Items
Registration
Scholarships
Signage
Speeches
Sponsors
Conference & Educator Sponsorships
Technology
Voting
Other Considerations

Help us applaud our Exhibitor Participants!


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Augustiana Connelly ~ Augustianas Creations


Jeanaylia Connolly ~ Jeanaylias Pet Toys
Ranee Craig ~ Transitions in Translation
Lora Frankel ~ Very Special Arts Michigan
Charles Genter ~ Genter Insurance Agency
David Gruber ~ DRER, Inc.: MSEMP
Elizabeth Martin ~ Ceramics, etc.
Dennis Mashue ~ Tucks Tooques

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Phelps Nichols ~ American Learning


Jenelle Phibbs ~ Easter & Spring Wood Crafts
Judy Poloskey ~ Scarves by Judy
Jocelyn Reese ~ Upcycled Goods
Bob Steinkamp ~ The Planner Guide, LLC
Jennifer Trackwell ~ Laceys Love Dog Biscuits
Jereme Vanden Heuvel ~ MDE, LIO & Camp Tuhsmehe
Kathy Wangen ~ Excel Employment Options/MIAPSE

Wed also like to thank . . .


Theresa Rowe, St. Joseph County ISD, for coordinating the credits and conference program development
Livonia Public Schools for printing the conference program
All of the Facilitators and Volunteers for their willingness to help!
Frankenmuth local businesses, MTSA Board Members and others for Prize Patrol donations
All of the Presenters for their willingness to share their practices and expertise!
A special thank you to the Bavarian Inn Lodge & Conference Center, Bavarian Inn Restaurant,
Bethany Burnett, and the staff!
We appreciate their continued dedication to making this conference a success with their hospitality and willingness
to accommodate the needs of MTSA and its conference participants.

Interested in being on the planning committee, presenting or volunteering for next years conference?
Contact Jo Cherry at jcherry@sjcisd.org
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2016 Conference LEAD PRESENTERS


The Michigan Transition Services Association sincerely appreciates the commitment made by each of our presenters!
Their time and energy add to the success of this conference.
George
Mary Kaye
Rashell
Sarah
Elizabeth
Justin
Teri
Amelie
Christa
Renee
Melinda
Hilary
Michael
Michael
Sue
Kelly
Anna
Sharon
Lori
Valerie
Jane
Derrick
David
Rachel
Carol
Madelyn
Stevie
John
Alex
Cheryl
Joe
Richard
Mark
George
Kai
Daniel
John
Bill
Mary
Claudia
Cynthia
Maria
Janet
April Sue
Larry
Angelica
Jocelyn
Andrea
Cathy
Patrick
Ashley
Larry
Christi
Patricia
Cynthia

Armstrong
Aukee
Bowerman
Britton
Brouwer
Caine
Chapman
Clutts
Conroy
Craig
Cucinella
Curtis
Darrow
DeCenso
Delsi
Dunlap
Dusbiber
Ellis
Eshenroder
Felder
Finn
Fries
Gruber
Hard
Harms
Haskel
Hopkins
Jaquith
Kimmel
Levine
Longcor
Luecking
Lyons
Manson
McDonald
Mitchell
Murphy
Nelson
Orloski
Pahls
Patton-Johnson
Peak
Peters
Platt
Prout
Rachor
Reese
Scheidel
Schmidt
Shinn
Steffen
Stemple
Taylor
VerMeer
Wright

armstrong.ge.t@petoskeyschools.org
marykaye.aukee@oakland.k12.mi.us
bowermanr1@michigan.gov
sbritton@peckham.org
ebrouwer@stjoecmh.org
justin@goodfruitvideo.com
johnsonT37@michigan.gov
cluttsa@michigan.gov
cconroy@sjcisd.org
info@transitionsintranslation.com
mcucinella@wmisd.org
hcurtis@sjcisd.org
darrowm@michigan.gov
decensom@gmail.com
suedelsi@gmail.com
dunlapke@gvsu.edu
adusbiber@gmail.com
elliss1@michigan.gov
lori.eshenroder@monroeisd.us
felderv@michigan.gov
finn@hope.edu
dfries@emich.edu
resolve@drer.org
hardr@branch-isd.org
harmsc@michigan.gov
madelyn.haskel@pineriver.org
hello@steviespeaks.com
jaquithj@michigan.gov
alex.kimmel@hotmail.com
cheryl.levine@msemp.org
longcorj@michigan.gov
lueckingr@gmail.com
lyonsm@baisd.net
coachbig70@yahoo.com
kai.mcdonald@kresa.org
MitchellD12@michigan.gov
murphyj@charemisd.org
billyshooter@yahoo.com
morloski@cgresd.net
cpahls@sturgisps.org
CyntPatton@aol.com
mpeak@asppireofmidmichigan.com
jpete@uic.edu
april.platt@lisd.us
larryprout@livingstonesa.org
angelica.rachor@lpps.info
jocelyn.reese@lpps.info
ascheidel@ncresa.org
cathy.schmidt@oakland.k12.mi.us
pshinn@wesd.org
asteffen@mpas.org
stempll@resa.net
christi@micollegeaccess.org
tvermeer@ravennaschools.org
wrightc1@michigan.gov

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Public Schools of Petoskey


Oakland Schools
Michigan Dept. of Education
Peckham, Inc.
Community Mental Health of St. Joseph County
Beyond Our Barriers
Michigan Dept. of Education
State of Michigan - MRS
St. Joseph County ISD
Transitions in Translation
Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center
St. Joseph County ISD
Michigan State Police
Grosse Pointe Schools
MTSA
START, Grand Valley State University
Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living
Michigan Dept. of Civil Rights
Monroe County ISD
Michigan Dept. of Education CTE
Hope College
Eastern Michigan University
DRER, Inc.: MSEMP
Branch ISD
Michigan Career & Technical Institute
Pine River Area Schools
Self- Employed Entrepreneur
Michigan Dept. of Education
Self-Employed
DRER, Inc.: MSEMP
MDHHS/BHDDA
Retired
Bay Area ISD
Leslie Public Schools
Kalamazoo RESA
Bureau of Services for Blind Persons
Charlevoix-Emmet ISD
Van Buren ISD
Clare Gladwin RESD
Sturgis Public Schools
Detroit Public Schools
ASPPIRE
Great Lakes ADA Center
Lenawee ISD Tech Center, Jackson College
Livingston ESA
Lincoln Park Public Schools
Lincoln Park Schools
Newaygo County RESA
Oakland Schools
West Shore ESD
Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc.
Wayne RESA
College Access Network
Ravenna Public Schools
MRS

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Bavarian Inn Restaurant Conference Rooms


(shuttle available outside Bavarian Inn Conference Center main doors)

2nd Floor (follow signs)


East Alpine Room
West Alpine Room
North Austrian Room
South Austrian Room
Swiss Valley Room
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To Main Lobby & Hotel Registration Area

The Enclosed Courtyard is located behind the hotel registration area.

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