PA Transition Tidbits

Updates and Events - May 2022


Inviting Agencies to the IEP Meeting

Under IDEA (2004), the IEP team are responsible for ensuring:

1. There evidence that the student was invited to the IEP Team meeting where transition services were discussed?

In Pennsylvania, we have one Invitation to Participate in the IEP. The student should be listed in the IEP Team Meeting – Invited IEP Team Members, and a copy of the invitation should be given to the student. Other evidence of the student being invited to the IEP meeting can be found in the IEP itself, if documented accordingly.

2. (If appropriate) There evidence that a representative of any participating agency was invited to the IEP Team meeting with the prior consent of the parent or student who has reached the age of majority? It's important to note, that if an agency is likely to provide a transition service, or be of assistance in the transition planning process, the parent/ student should be asked to give permission for them to attend the meeting.

In Pennsylvania, this is accomplished through documentation on the Invitation to Participate in the IEP Meeting by checking the box next to the language. Best practice would also include having a conversation with a parent/caregiver or some other type of written documentation informing them of who the different agencies that are being invited are, as well as the potential services they could provide to the student.

"Transition Services. If necessary, and with your consent, staff from other public agencies that may be providing or paying for transition services will be invited to IEP team meeting. We are inviting representative(s) from the agency or agencies as listed:" (names included on the invitation)


New Assessment Resource

The PA Secondary Transition Team is pleased to present a new assessment resource feature on the website.

This resource:

  • describes the purpose of transition assessment
  • includes an assessment finder based on different transition planning domains
  • provides a transition mapping resource, a tool for individual transition assessment planning, and a tool for teams to use when considering new transition assessments

Supporting Inclusive Higher Education

Impact: Inclusive Higher Education(link is external)

The latest issue of this publication from the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota explores the state of inclusive higher education for people with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities. Contributors include senior academic leaders in the field, heads of successful and emerging alliances and programs, and students and alumni, who share their college experiences.

Enhancing Postsecondary Ed(link is external)

The Institute on Community Integration is joining with the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) and other partners to oversee and expand the National Center for College Students with Disabilities (NCCSD). The consortium will create educational modules for higher education faculty and educators working in transition programs, and provide educational materials and technical assistance to transition staff, parents, and young adults with disabilities.


Disability Innovation Fund

The U.S. Department of Education (Department) issued a notice inviting applications on March 21, 2022, fiscal year (FY) 2021 for the Disability Innovation Fund—Subminimum Wage to Competitive Integrated Employment, Assistance Listing Number 84.421D. The application deadline is June 21, 2022.


The Nuts and Bolts of Job Coaching Online Course

The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education is pleased to announce the following training opportunity.

The Nuts and Bolts of Job Coaching
Online Course
July 5, 2022 – August 15, 2022

This self-paced five module online course provides participants with relevant information regarding the role of a Job Coach to support students in community-based work settings.

Target Audience
Paraprofessionals, other support staff, teachers, transition coordinators, special education directors, or anyone interested in this topic.

Registration Information
Please register online by visiting the PaTTAN website at

For registration questions, contact:
Kristen Olszyk,, 800-446-5607 x6848

For content related questions, contact: Kaylee Wynkoop,, 800-446-5607 x6888

2022 Virtual Everyday Lives Conference An Everyday Life in a Changing World: A Focus on Wellness and Resilience

The Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs invites you to register for the 2022 Virtual Everyday Lives Conference! The Everyday Lives Conference seeks to provide valuable information to Individuals with an intellectual disability and/or autism, their families, and support professionals to help empower individuals to live their ideal everyday lives.


The conference is free for individuals and families, and $50 for professionals. Registration allows access to all virtual conference sessions. To register online visit and click on the Registration tab. Or, you can mail in your registration using the form below.

Conference Lineup

The conference lineup, including presenters and presentation topics, is now available to view at under the Schedule tab.

Conference Dates and Tracks

May 17, 2022

Communication and Connection

May 24 - May 25, 2022

Community of Practice for Supporting Families Regional Collaborative Summit

June 1, 2022

Supportive Technology

June 8 - June 9, 2022

Dual Diagnosis

June 16, 2022


YOUTH HANGOUT OPPORTUNTIES: Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network (PYLN)


Join the Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network (PYLN) for fun and games at 7:00 p.m. on:

Thursday, May 12, 2022


Thursday, July 14, 2022

To join the hangouts, click here!

Transition Meetings for Parents

PEAL's 21 and Able Project is hosting several parent virtual meetings and drop-in sessions in the coming months (starting March 15th!) to support empowering parents to empower their youth/young adults in transition! We have attached the flyer and the link that will lead you to the registration. 21 and Able, Powered by United Way Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite

Save the Date: 2022 PA Community of Practice Transition Conference

Registration Available Mid-May

Scholarships will be available for youth and families to attend!

Location: The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center

Keep an eye on the PaTTAN Website for information about registration!


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!

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC): Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT) Townhalls

Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT) Townhalls

DCDT wants to connect, engage, and provide support to our community. That is why we are offering a series of DCDT Townhall discussions, which are free to all members! We hope to connect with you on the second Tuesday of each month at 3pm EST.

  • May 10, 2022 - Publications
  • June 14, 2022 - Research

Visit the DCDT website to learn more.

NOTE: These townhalls are for MEMBERS only. To learn more about how to join, visit the DCDT website.

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

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!


Did you know that there are 29 Intermediate Units across the state of Pennsylvania? Each IU has training and consultation (TAC) staff dedicated to secondary transition. The Transition TAC across the state do AMAZING work at the local level to help local education agencies improve transition practices for students with disabilities. Each month we will feature TAC across the statewide system!


MIDWESTRN INTERMEDIATE UNIT 4 (IU4): Butler, Lawrence, and Mercer Counties

Karen Chambers

Karen has served in the role of Transition TAC in MIU IV for the past 5 years. She is trained as a trainer for Transition Discoveries and also supports LEAs with the implementation of the state personnel development grant, Pathways to Graduation (P2G).

Get in Touch with Karen:


Phone: 724.287.4156


Tri County Transition Meetings

John Weatherby

A 28 year veteran to the role of Transition TAC, John supports MIU4 schools with transition and IEP compliance

Get in Touch with John:


Phone: 724.287.4156 ext 215


Tri County Transition Meetings

Central Region

SENECA HIGHLANDS INTERMEDIATE UNIT IX (IU9): Cameron, Elk, McKean and Potter Counties

Brett Lasko

Brett serves as the transition and interagency coordinator, while also supporting LEAS implementing the state personnel development grant, Pathways to Graduation. In the realm of transition, Brett trains on:

  • Indicator 13: Effective Transition Practices / IDEA Compliance
  • IEP Alignment and Best Practice Writing Review
  • Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance (PLAAFP)
  • Measurable Annual Goal Writing Workshop
  • Transition Grid: Services and Activities for Success
  • Transition Assessment: Resources for Work Skills and Soft Skills Development
  • Academic Standards for Career Education and Work : Putting into Practice
  • Indicator 14: Overview of Post School Outcomes
  • Building Administrative Capacity to Support Transition-Aged Youth
  • Summary of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance (SAAFP): Basic Steps
  • Annual Transition Planning and Review Meetings
  • Transition 101: Parent Awareness Overview

Get in Touch with Brett:


Phone: (814) 887-5512 ext. 206


LANCASTER LEBANON INTERMEDIATE UNIT 13 (IU 13): Lancaster and Lebanon Counties

Pam Overmeyer

With over 26 years in education, Pam has proudly served 16 of those years providing training and consultation around secondary transition! She also supports MTSS Math, is a ReNEW facilitator, supports Pathways to Graduation (P2G), and is certified in BrainSTEPS and CPR.

Get in Touch with Pam:


Phone: 717-606-1813


Transition Resources

Eastern Region


Kris Koberlein

Kris proudly supports the LEAs within IU23 in the areas of secondary transition compliance, outcomes, and Transition Discoveries.

Get in Touch with Kris:


Phone: 610-755-9400

MCIU23 Website


Laurie Newsome

Laurie is a veteran to professional development in secondary transition. Professional learning activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Indicator 13 Compliance
  • Indicator 14, PaPOS
  • Delaware County Transition Council
  • Delaware County Transition Coordinators
  • Interagency Collaboration

Get in Touch with Laurie:


Phone: 610-938-9000

DCIU Website

Kelly Fager

Kelly is a new addition to the professional development in secondary transition at DCIU. Professional learning activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Indicator 13 Compliance
  • Indicator 14, PaPOS
  • Delaware County Transition Council
  • Delaware County Transition Coordinators
  • Interagency Collaboration

Get in Touch with Kelly:


Phone: 610-938-9000

DCIU Website

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.