CTIC FAQ's

Q-What is transition?

A-Transition is a process of passage from one stage of life to another. In this case it specifically refers to the transitions from school to adult life, including post secondary education and training, community participation, home living, recreation and leisure, and employment.

Q-Who is eligible for transition services?

A-Students with disabilities beginning at age 14 years old (or earlier if appropriate). The IEP must include a statement of transition service needs. This is a decision made by the IEP team.

Q - Which services are available?

A - " Transition services means a coordinated set of activities for a student with a disability that is designed within an outcome-oriented process, that promotes movement from school to post school activities, including postsecondary education, vocational training, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living or community participation."
" Development of employment and other post school adult living objectives based on students' interests."
" Provision of related services to achieve transition goals."
" The IEP must include a statement of transition services including, if appropriate, a statement of each public agency's and each participating agency's responsibilities or linkages, or both, before the student leaves the school setting."

Q-What is the role of transition staff?

A-The role of transition staff is to identify strengths, preferences, choices, and needs of youth and families, and build a plan of service that supports these choices and environments that can accommodate the disability. Transition moves beyond remediation to focus on building supportive environments in the community.

Q-What is the school district's responsibility to my child related to transition?

A-All students with disabilities are provided the special instruction and services which are appropriate to their needs. The student's needs and the special education instruction and services to be provided shall be agreed upon through the development of an individual education plan. The plan shall address the student's need to develop skills to live and work as independently as possible within the community. By grade 9 or age 14, the plan addresses the student's need to develop skills to live and work as independently as possible within the community. The plan shall address the student's needs for transition from secondary services to post-secondary education and training, employment, community participation, recreation and leisure and home living. The plan must include a statement of the needed transition services, including a statement of the interagency responsibilities or linkages or both before secondary services are concluded.

SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME (SSI)

Q-Who is eligible for SSI benefits?

A-SSI eligibility is a gateway to a variety of services for transition students with disabilities. The requirements are established by the Social Security Act and its regulations. A student must meet both income and disability eligibility requirements to receive SSI benefits. For more information call your local Social Security office or SSA at 1-800-772-1213.

DAKOTA COUNTY CTIC

Q - What can CTIC do for you?

A -The CTIC provides students, parents and professionals an opportunity to improve transition services for students with disabilities in our community.

Q - Can I attend a meeting?

A - Yes - The Dakota County CTIC meets the second Monday of the month from 12:30 to 2:00pm at  the Dakota County Western Servcies Center in Apple Valley.  Volunteers are needed for several of the CTIC subcommittees - please contact Andrea Grossman at 952-891-7328 or andrea.grossman@co.dakota.mn.us  for more information. If you are interested in improving the transition services for people with disabilities in Dakota County, get involved with CTIC.

EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING

Q-Who can I call to get help for my son or daughter with finding a
Job and post secondary training?

A-Call the Minnesota WorkForce Center at 952-997-4850 or visit http://www.mnwfc.org/dakota/index.htm

Q-What is a work evaluation?

A-A work evaluation is an assessment of skills, interest and support needs on a job. The student will have the opportunity to try a variety of jobs, usually two to four sites.

Q-How can my student have a work evaluation done?

A-Contact your teacher at school or a rehabilation services counselor to request a work evaluation. They can assist you with aptitude testing, interest survey and assist you with identifying employment options that would best meet your needs.

RECREATION & LEISURE

Q - How do I find out about local community recreation programs and services?

A - Contact your local school districts Special Education and Community Education programs, the City Park and Recreation Department and/or browse through the Dakota County Recreational Directory.

Q - What options are there for inclusive and accessible recreation?

A - Contact your local school districts Special Education and Community Education programs, the City Park and Recreation Department and/or browse through the Dakota County Recreational Directory.

Q - What options are there for adaptive or "special" recreation?

A - Contact your local school districts Special Education and Community Education programs, the City Park and Recreation Department and/or browse through the Dakota County Recreational Directory.  Children and Family Resource Directory