PA Transition Tidbits

Updates and Events - August 2023


Looking for a tool to support assistive technology considerations for transition planning?

Look no further!

The Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative has developed the Assistive Technology Protocol for Transition Planning (Canfield and Reed, 2001). This tool may be helpful to IEP teams looking to support students who require assistive technology in order to accomplish one or more functional skills.

Take a look at the tool and the contents of the AT and Transition Planning Kit!

Using Video Modeling To Teach Vocational Skills

Interested in implementing the evidence-based practice of video modeling or video prompting? Take a look at this presentation by Dr. Kellams, which explains the different ways video modeling and video prompting can effectively be used as a means of teaching different transition related skills in school, community and work-based settings.

Visit CEI Utah to access a video modeling implementation guide and an article on video modeling for teaching transition skills.

Using Video Modeling & Prompting to Teach Transition Skills to Students with Disabilities

YOUth Can Do It!

Photo of Jax Kouma

Meet Jax Kouma: Katie Smith Youth Leadership Awardee

Jax first showed symptoms of mental illnesses when she was in elementary school, but wasn’t formally diagnosed until middle school. She navigated various clinics and programs that tried to meet her needs. Along the way, they noticed that they came from a family that had the resources to change providers, when needed, to find more appropriate support. They realized that it meant some people don’t have the resources to make those adjustments.

Her school joined a group dedicated to mental health advocacy within the community, and she participated in those events. And through that, Jax met people from other organizations like Youth Move PA, and now she is part of their team of advocates.

Jax is passionate about helping those with fewer resources navigate the system. Maybe that way, her experience can help others learn without having to make the same mistake

If you want to get to know Jax and our other awardees, join us at the Transition Conference!


A CALL TO ACTION! Department of Labor Launches Youth Employment Works!

The U.S. Department of Labor, led by the Employment and Training Administration, is putting a priority focus on youth and young adult employment and workforce development. To do this, the Department launched the Youth Employment Works strategy to center young people at the heart of the workforce development conversation. This strategy will focus on efforts that can:

Deliver a "no wrong door" youth workforce system that offers seamless access to supportive services and workforce development opportunities for youth and young workers.

Increase public and private commitments to youth and young adult career pathways, such that businesses, employers, labor organizations, training partners, and philanthropy across all sectors invest in high-quality pathways for young people, building a strong basis for the future workforce.

Offer guaranteed paid work experiences so that ALL young people, especially opportunity youth, can access and participate in high-quality, career pathway aligned work experiences that are safe and age appropriate.

Visit Youth Empowerment Works to learn more!


2023 PA Community of Practice Transition Conference

2023 PA Community of Practice Transition Conference

Our Voice, Our Plan, Our Future

August 9 & 10, 2023

Virtual and In-Person Registration Available

PIHEC Annual Symposium - Inclusive Postsecondary Education Transitions: Students, Families, Systems

Join Pennsylvania Inclusive Higher Education Consortium's 8th Annual Symposium for a day where thought-provoking speakers and discussion sessions will explore inclusive postsecondary education transitions for students, families, and systems. The event will be held at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center on August 8th (the day before the PA Community of Practice Transition Conference). The keynote address "The Many Faces of Ableism: From Fear and Hostility to Pity, Envy and Inspiration" will be delivered by Dr. Michelle Nairo-Redmond who will be joined by Matthew Schwab, Jennifer King, and Dr. Nakeiha Primus Smith for a day of thought-provoking lectures and discussions.

Event Details:
Registration opens at 9:30 AM.
The Event will start at 10:00 AM and conclude at 4:45 PM.

Lunch and light refreshments will be served.



Youth MOVE PA assists youth organizations and the young adults within them in finding their voice and standing up for the things they believe need to be heard.


  • advocates for and with youth, young adults, their allies, and system partners.
  • helps youth and young adults understand why speaking up about the things we as young people with lived experience think are important IS important
  • helps youth and young adults feel comfortable speaking up on their own and become leaders in their own communities
  • supports allies to understand how they can help the ones they are trying to support in many ways
  • helps systems and organizations realize why youth and young adult voices NEED to be heard and taken seriously

To learn more, contact:

National Technical Assistance Center on Transition: The Collaborative (NTACT:C)

Are you looking to learn more information about transition?

The National Technical Assistance Center on Transition: The Collaborative (NTACT:C) provides information, tools, and supports to assist multiple stakeholders to provide effective services and instruction for students and out-of-school youth with disabilities.

Check out their Training Resource Library.

If you're new to transition, be sure to check out Transition 101!


Are you looking for transition events across PA?

Don't forget to check the events calendar to stay up to date on all of the great events happening in PA and nationally related to secondary transition!

This newsletter is brought to you by: The Pennsylvania Community on Transition

The Pennsylvania Community on Transition is a group of various stakeholders from across Pennsylvania who work collaboratively to ensure appropriate transition outcomes for Pennsylvania youth and young adults.

The Pennsylvania Community on Transition is a state leadership team consisting of representative from: the State Departments of Education, Health, Labor and Industry, and Human Services; Various Serving Agencies, Young Adults, Parent Organizations, Advocates, Higher Education, and Employers.

The shared vision and common goals of the Pennsylvania Community on Transition is achieved when all PA youth and young adults with disabilities:

  • Successfully transition to the role of productive and participating adult citizens
  • Are empowered to recognize their talents, strengths, and voice
  • Have equal access to resources that will promote their full participation in the communities of their choice.