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This page is designed to provide parents and teachers with information and resources for students as they transition from public school education to adult settings. Information regarding the DISD transition instruction program is also provided. The DISD Transition and Employment Services Designee is Laura Batson, 281-229-6095.
If you have questions about transition, please contact our Transition and Employment Services Designee / Coordinator:
Laura Batson, 281-229-6095
There are many resources to help parents and guardians with the transition process. Follow this link to the Student-Centered Texas Transitions Network where you will be able to to download the newly revised resource created by the (SCTN) to assist educators with implementing quality transition services for students with disabilities.
The Revised 2021 Texas Transition and Employment Guide can help students with disabilities plan for adult life. The guide contains information about employment, postsecondary education, agency connections, and contacts to obtain additional resources.
Transition is a collaborative process of planning for a student to transition from a public school educational setting to an adult life. In Texas, we begin this process when a student turns 14 with a conversation at the student's annual ARD meeting. As the student progresses through junior high and high school, the conversation becomes more formal, and will include discussions about vocational interests, class selection, plans for independent study and living after high school, and financial planning. In Dickinson, we have a strong belief in the student's voice in this process and we actively promote self-determination and self-advocacy. Each student's transition plan is very unique and tailored to the individual student.
Transition 18+ services for students with disabilities are essential programs and resources designed to support young adults with disabilities as they move from the educational setting into adulthood. These services aim to facilitate a smooth transition from school to post-secondary education, employment, independent living, and community engagement.
Transition 18+ services for students with disabilities are aimed at ensuring that they have equal opportunities to succeed and thrive as they transition into adulthood, promoting independence, empowerment, and inclusivity
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DHS offers specialized classes in addition to the traditional Career Technology Education (CTE) classes offered. ARD committee placement is required for these courses. Brief descriptions and contact information for the teachers is listed below.
Mrs. Megan Turner is the Community Based Vocational Instruction (CBVI) Teacher at DHS.
Mrs. Turner has worked in Special Education in Dickinson ISD for the past 20 years. She teaches CBI/CVBI skills to our DHS Gators.
DISD 18+ Transition Program:
When an ARD committee determines that a student needs additional transition instruction after the student has finished all required credit classes, DISD offers specialized classes and services - called the 18+ Transition Program. Typically, this program is for students who require a significant level of support and a small teacher: student ratio.
The 18+ transition program focuses primarily on community-based instruction to help students achieve their maximum level of independence in self-help, advocacy, accessing public services and transportation, and employability skills. The primary goal is to foster social independence with the goal of obtaining competitive paid employment, with the majority of instruction taking place in community or employment settings.The aim is to help both the students and their families learn how to maintain a level of self-sustainability in their future endeavors.
Our goal is to facilitate the student’s transition to adulthood after successfully completing all high school credits. These goals can vary from following hygiene routines to working on pre-vocational tasks that prepare them for areas like 18+ Work-Based Learning, jobs, day habilitation, and more. The specific opportunities available depend on the family supports and services accessible to the students before their final year of attendance.
Mrs. Ashley Bennett teaches the 18+ Transition Class which is housed at McAdams Junior High School.
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Ashley Bennett has worked in DISD as a paraprofessional for 7 years and now as a teacher for 5 years. She is known as Ms. Ashley, or Coach to her students and athletes. She has also coached Special Olympics for 6 years. Mrs. Bennett graduated from Dickinson High school in 2002, and is the mom to three wonderful sons, one of whom is on the autism spectrum. They are all proud members of Gator Nation. Prior to becoming a special education teacher, Mrs. Bennett notes that she informally studied autism and positive behavior training through various parent-trainings. She states, "The most significant training I received was the basic understanding of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) at UHCL Autism Center that my son attended for 2 years for behavioral supports." Click here if you want to learn more information on Mrs. Bennett.
Ms. Angela Faarup teaches the 18+ Transition Class which is housed at McAdams Junior High School.
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Ms. Faarup earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Business Administration, Psychology and Organizational Development at AIU. After graduation from University, Ms. Faarup continued her career as an Executive Staff Development Training Specialist within the Hospitality Industry. With her extensive experience within employment - education collaboration partnerships Ms. Faarup transitioned to the public and private sectors of education teaching Pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade, general education, and special education during the past 32 years.
Ms. Faarup is currently a Special Education Teacher with Dickinson High School extension project housed at McAdams Junior High School, teaching as the 18 + Independent Living Skills Teacher, and with the Work Based Learning Program.
She has two sons who attend Dickinson ISD schools, and when not performing her teaching duties, she is devoted to her family, which includes her husband, her children and grandchildren.
The Gulf Coast Center provides services and supports for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities that enhance their lives and highlight their strengths.
National Technical Assistance on Transition
Texas Transition Website
Link to Assistive Technology & Transition training by Christina Dominy
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