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Leslie Webb and Idaho Transition Project

By: Sherry Squires   Published 4:36 pm / April 19, 2017

Leslie Webb and Idaho Transition Project

Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

The Idaho Transition Project, a partnership between the Educational Access Center and the Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, hosted a College Day for local high school students with disabilities and their families over the weekend. Leslie Webb, vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, initiated the festivities, giving the keynote speech for the event. After the opening remarks, students and parents attended a variety of presentations, a campus tour and a resource fair, giving them the option of meeting with representatives from different colleges and universities and other resources in the community. During the event, attendees had the opportunity to participate in several workshops, including sessions on financial aid and literacy, career and major exploration, and different support services available in college. Overall, 10 high schools were represented in the event.

The Idaho Transition Project has been working with high schools in Idaho, assisting secondary special education students in successfully transitioning to post-secondary education by creating a pathway of support. Students have been learning about the shift in laws and philosophies that occur between secondary and post-secondary education, as well as beginning to develop self-advocacy skills in order to navigate that shift. Project staff and mentors have been working with students to establish their post-secondary education goals; connect students with appropriate offices and agencies; and provide follow-up opportunities to guide students through the final steps of transition. The goal of the Project is to provide direct transition support for high school students with disabilities, promoting a variety of options available to them.