The blog was written by Dr. Allison Hammond, Executive Director of The Arcadia Institute. (If you don't want to read this blog at least watch this video called "The Interviewer." It is full of humor, surprises and a wonderful message.
On behalf of The Arcadia Institute, I attend the County Wide Transition Team meetings. What is that?
Kai McDonald, Coordinator of the Kalamazoo Regional Education Service Agency (KRESA) County Wide Transition Team facilitates a group of Regional and Local Transition Coordinators. Transition Coordinators are school employees who work to find opportunities for students in special education to connect to the community. In addition to school employees, there are other organizations that attend the meetings that will provide support for students to make community connections. One of the focuses of the County Wide Transition Team is to open doors for opportunities for students to have work study experiences, intern or become employed. Research shows that if students with disabilities leave school with work experience or even better yet paid work experience they are more likely to have steady employment and live more independent lives when the leave school.
At the last County Wide Transition Team meeting, Kai presented this video called "The Interviewer", which was produced by Bus Stop Films. They have a YouTube channel.
I encourage you to watch this video and the others that are by Bus Stop Films!