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The goal of Successful Transitions is to provide a smooth transition from the supports and services during high school to the resources available to students and their families after graduation. A collaborative effort of Fair Haven Union High School/Slate Valley Unified Union School District, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation/Rutland District, the Community Care Network, and the Law Office of Claudia I. Pringles, PLLC, Successful Transitions helps facilitate the transition process to achieve enhanced outcomes for students.

For more information about Successful Transitions: Margaret Hayward,  [email protected],1-802-265-4966.

This series is intended to help parents and students make a smooth transition from special education in school to life after high school.

This workshop will cover guardianships and other ways to support a person in their decision making, including the legal aspects of the different types of guardianship, the process of obtaining guardianship, and alternatives to guardianship. A parent of a son with disabilities will also share his experience of becoming a legal guardian.

Presenters: 

  • Claudia I. Pringles, Esq., Special Needs Law Attorney
  • Maurice Ouimet, Parent

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Social Security rules for disability programs are notoriously complicated. Knowing what to expect when your child turns 18 will help you to be prepared when that time comes. Amanda Barrett, Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits Counselor will speak about the age 18 Social Security “redetermination process,” the possible effects of SSA income on household assistance and how to smoothly transition your child’s benefits to adult Social Security benefits. A question-and-answer session will be held after the presentation. Resources for more information will be shared in the presentation.

Presenters: 

  • Amanda Barrett, Benefits Counselor, Vocational Rehabilitation, Rutland and Bennington Districts
  • Kathi Cassidy, Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Counselor, Rutland District

For more information on benefits counseling:

  • Benefits Counseling Helpline, 1-800-361-1239

This session will give participants an overview of services available to youth as they transition out of child services and into adult services. It will also provide information on how and when to apply for these services and how/when Designated Agency and Vocational Rehabilitation supports can help to bridge that transition.

The service systems designed to support people in achieving their highest potential and to go after their goals and dreams is complex and can feel overwhelming at times. There are often many questions, fears, and anxieties that go along with watching your child graduate from high school and prepare for their next phase of life, and these elements are heightened when you have to navigate the web of support services on top of that. The goal of this seminar is to provide a foundation of knowledge around the supports and what they can provide to help you feel more empowered to support your son/daughter to be a happy, successful, empowered young adult.

Presenters:

  • Kathi Cassidy, Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Counselor, Rutland District
  • Jessica Nadeau, Transition & Employment Manager, Community Care Network

For more information: 
Adult Services

Employment

Nancy Richards
Family Support Consultant- Education
Parent Training & Info Program
Ph: 1-802-876-5315 | 1-800-800-4005
Vermont Family Network (VFN) website link to the Transition Toolkit

Special needs planning is essential to protect and plan for your disabled family member. Even though not having the right plans in place can be a detriment for loved ones with special needs, many families just don’t know where to begin. This workshop will include an overview of what parents and other family members need to know about special needs planning, including: the protection of important government benefits (SSI, Medicaid); special needs trusts; ABLE accounts, how to avoid a “payback” to the state for Medicaid; and how to ensure appropriate checks and balances to protect a vulnerable individual across their lifespan. 

Presenter: 

  • Claudia I. Pringles, Esq., Special Needs Law Attorney

For more information:

Please note, this session has been rescheduled from June 1st. If you attempted to join on the original date, you may have experienced technical difficulties. We apologize for the inconvenience.

This session aims to give a broad overview of different living supports that may be available to individuals with disabilities. While not everyone will be eligible for every type of living support, this session is meant to help individuals and their families gain a better understanding of the types of living support models available, so that they are able to make a more informed choice regarding their service options. Community Care Network is committed to assisting individuals and their families with determining what services they are eligible to receive in order to maintain a healthy and happy home life.

Presenters:

  • Jenn Cook, Home and Specialized Supports Program Manager, Community Care Network
  • Natalie Brewster, Child and Family Services Coordinator, Community Care Network

For more information: