Over two separate three-day sessions in June, the College of Education’s Auburn Transition Leadership Institute (ATLI) hosted scores of special education teachers, general educators, administrators, and counselors from school districts and communities around the state at its 2015 Transition Leadership Academy. The event was held at the Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.
“The purpose of our annual summer Transition Leadership Academy is to help our state’s local transition teams from various school districts learn more about transition, developing and implementing quality transition programs in their communities, and gaining expertise in writing transition plans,” said Dr. Karen Rabren, Director of the ATLI.
According to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) of 2004, transition is designed to be “a results-oriented process that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities, including post-secondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation; and is based on the individual child’s needs, taking into account the child’s strengths, preferences, and interests.”
Among the highlights of this year’s Academy was a presentation by nationally-known speaker and disability advocate Linea Johnson (see related story) and expert consultation by ATLI staff, Auburn University faculty, and state leaders with local teams to help them craft strong transition plans.