EVENT: Summer Institute Will Focus on Preparing Students with Disabilities for Life Beyond High School
One of the most challenging times for students with disabilities and their families is when they must transition from high school to the real world. Families and professionals striving to make a smooth connection to successful college and career paths for young adults with disabilities can register for the Institute for Innovative Transition 2011 Summer Institute, \"In Pursuit of Competitive Employment,\" to be held 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21, at the RIT Inn and Conference Center, 5257 W. Henrietta Road, Henrietta.
A group of experts on general transition issues, postsecondary education and employment options, and innovations leading to competitive employment for students graduating from high school will offer insight on topics such as:
Role of classroom instruction in preparing students for the workforce
Support for students with significant disabilities in a transition-to-work program
The first of the two keynote speakers, Susie Rutkowski, co-founder and co-director for Project SEARCH, will open the Institute with her keynote address, \"Project SEARCH: A Partnership Between Business and Education to Prepare Youth with Disabilities.\" Rutkowski is a renowned leader in providing technical assistance to public and private schools across the country with implementing transition and career readiness services associated with Project SEARCH\'s model.
Meg Grigal, PhD, from Think College, Institute for Community Inclusion located at University of Massachusetts Boston, will present the second keynote address, \"The Nexus of Employment, Learning, and Life.\" Grigal has provided technical assistance and training across the country, conducted research studies on the provision of postsecondary education services for students with intellectual disabilities, and co-authored books and numerous journal articles.
The Institute for Innovative Transition, housed at Golisano Children\'s Hospital\'s Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, was created three years ago with funding from the Golisano Foundation to help improve the quality of life for young adults with developmental disabilities and their families as they transition from school age to adulthood.
The Summer Institute is open to college administrators, school and adult agency staff, parents, and young adults. Summer Institute fees include lunch, and are $55 for professionals, $35 for family members, and $20 for students. Those interested must register by July 11 by contacting Anitra Medlock at (585) 276-5915 or firstname.lastname@example.org. A registration form is also available online at www.nytransition.org.
About the Golisano Foundation
The Golisano Foundation was founded in 1985 by B. Thomas Golisano, the founder and Chairman of Paychex. The Foundation is devoted exclusively to supporting programs for people with developmental disabilities so that they may achieve their maximum potentials by integrating independence, self-determination, and productivity into all facets of their lives. It is also dedicated to serving as a proactive partner with providers, organizations, and the community to enable those with disabilities to more fully participate in the life of the community and create an environment of dignity and care for disabled individuals and their families. For more information, visit golisanofoundation.org.
About the University of Rochester
The University of Rochester (www.rochester.edu) is one of the nation's leading private universities. Located in Rochester, N.Y., the University gives students exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary study and close collaboration with faculty through its unique cluster-based curriculum. Its College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering is complemented by the Eastman School of Music, Simon School of Business, Warner School of Education, Laboratory for Laser Energetics, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, and the Memorial Art Gallery.