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The Georgia Strategic Plan and Federal Indicators for Students with Disabilities

Goal 1 – Increase high school graduation rate, decrease drop-out rate, and increase post-secondary enrollment rate.

SPP   1 – Increase the percentage of students with disabilities who earn a regular high school diploma

SPP   2  – Decrease the percentage of students with disabilities who drop out of school

SPP 14 – Increase the percentage of students with disabilities who transition to employment or post-secondary education

What is TRANSITION?

The successful transition of students with disabilities from school to post-school environments requires support from multiple sources so the student and his or her family can make choices, develop connections, and access services.

Here are some additional state and federal resources that support post-secondary transition for students with disabilities.

Georgia Department of Education Special Education Services and Supports – Transition information for Georgia students with disabilities.

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition – Creates a venue for participants to learn from each other about how to ensure that ALL youth with disabilities, including youth with intellectual disabilities, have the opportunity to prepare for and participate in postsecondary education.

National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center – NSTTAC is a national technical assistance and dissemination center funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP, CFDA# 84.326J11001) from January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2014.

TRANSITION COUNCILS

Many regions in Georgia have active Regional and Interagency Transition Councils.  The purpose of a Transition Council is to coordinate post-secondary services for K-12 students via community, agency, and business stakeholders.  Parents and students may request support of local Transition Councils by contacting them.

ABOUT OKEFENOKEE REGIONAL TRANSITION ALLIANCE (ORTA):

Okefenokee Regional Transition Alliance

The Okefenokee Regional Transition Alliance (ORTA) was formed in 2011 as an opportunity to collaborate with partners in transition projects. This collaborative effort is supported by Bacon, Brantley, Charlton, Clinch, Coffee, Pierce and Ware County’s school systems. In addition to the school systems, we are joined by supportive agencies including Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA), Goodwill Industries, Georgia Learning Resource System (GLRS), ARC of Satilla, Ware County Children’s Initiative, and Pierce County Family Connection as well as community members and parents of students with disabilities. The goal of ORTA is to create and improve opportunities for individuals with disabilities. ORTA strives to create awareness in our communities of the extraordinary possibilities these individuals have in their future.

The mission of the Okefenokee Regional Transition Alliance is to:

  • Increase community awareness and engagement
  • Improve connection between students/individuals with disabilities and businesses
  • Empower and encourage students to set goals and self-advocate
  • Promote and strengthen family involvement
  • Encourage and empower businesses to become employers
  • Promote post-secondary goals education opportunities

Meetings are held monthly during the school year at the Ware County Board of Education office located in Waycross, Georgia.  For more information please visit our website at https://sites.google.com/a/charlton.k12.ga.us/okefenokee-regional-transition-alliance/. Please also contact Kim Gibson, Ware County Parent Mentor, 912-287-2306, kimgibson@ware.k12.ga.us, Jann James, Georgia Learning Resource System (GLRS) director, 912-338-5998, jjames@scglrs.org

For a flyer listing FY’2016-17 ORTA Meeting Dates, CLICK ON LINK BELOW:

ORTA Meeting Dates Flyer-2016-17

Okefenokee Regional Transition Alliance

COLLEGE RESOURCES

Georgia public schools provide educational opportunities for all students with disabilities to receive a high school diploma.

Students with disabilities have available supports to transition into their community and pursue employment or college.

Here are some resources for students and parents regarding college enrollment for individuals with disabilities:

Georgia Department of Education – Graduation, Testing, and College Planning information

Rights and Responsibilities for Post-Secondary Students with Disabilities – The Office of Civil Rights has available a guidance document to outline expectations of college students with disabilities and educational institutions.

College Board – Guidance for students to apply for accommodations with the PSAT, SAT, and AP exams.

Make a Plan – Create a Road Map for College Planning – Big Future

Princeton Review – This guide to college admissions offers a blog specific to students with learning disabilities and/or ADHD.