PA Transition Tidbits

Updates and Events - June 2022


Summary of Academic and Functional Performance

As a student is getting ready to graduate, or is aging out of special education, the local education agency (LEA) is required to provide the student and family with a Summary of Academic and Functional Performance (SAAFP).

The SAAFP should include:

  • demographic information
  • summary of student performance
  • recommendations and information about accessing future assistance
  • input from the student

A thoughtfully-completed SAAFP can provide a “bridge” that addresses the next steps necessary to complete the transition process that began in the years prior to exiting high school. It provides students and families with a clear idea of what they need to continue to do to work toward the goals students set for themselves.

You can access the Annotated SAAFP on the PaTTAN website.

Below are two resources available through the PaTTAN system to help understand the SAAFP.


Person Driven Planning

The PA Secondary Transition team is proud to share a new resource on Person Driven Planning.

Person Driven Planning is a way of planning for your future that is driven by YOU! As you look for ways to get more involved and lead your plan for your future, you will find that a lot of information exists. This resource was made to highlight a few resources that stand out, and to help you decide which resources make the most sense for you.

The resource is available for download on the PaTTAN Site under publications or by downloading the pdf below.

U.S. Department of Labor’s Empowering Teens in Their Workplaces National Online Dialogue

Empowering Teens

During this online dialogue on “Empowering Teens in Their Workplaces,” the U.S. Department of Labor sought ideas on the best ways to reach teens with important information about their rights and workplace protections. Among the topics explored were ways the department can better educate and provide resources about teen worker rights and how to ensure workplaces are fair and safe for teen workers. Read the Empowering Teens Final Report.


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

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, 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

2022 PA Community of Practice Transition Conference

Registration now Available!

Scholarships will be available for youth and families to attend!

In Person Attendees: The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center

Virtual Option Available!

Register Here!

Youth And Family Scholarship Information!


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.

  • 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!



Melissa Lanious

Melissa has served in the role of Transition TAC for the past 6 years. Her main training focuses include IEP development, Educational Benefit Review, Special Education Compliance, Indicator 13, and leading the BIVU Transition Coordinating Council. Melissa also supports P2G with Transition Discoveries, Math, and BC YES Academy.

Get in Touch with Melissa:


Phone: 724-774-7800 x.3026


Beaver County Transition Coordinating Council

Central Region

Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU15): Cumberland, Dauphin, Perry, and Northern York Counties

Lauren DeLellis

Lauren serves as the transition consultant for CAIU15. She has been involved in training and consultation for four years.

Get in Touch with Lauren:


Phone: (717) 732-8400, Ext 8335


CENTRAL SUSQUEHANNA INTERMEDIATE UNIT 16 (CSIU 16): Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union Counties

Misty Harris

Misty has served 7 years providing training and consultation around secondary transition! She also provides training and technical assistance around Math and Trauma Informed Supports.

Get in Touch with Misty:


Phone: (570) 238-5630


BLaST INTERMEDIATE UNIT 17 (BLaST IU17): Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, and Tioga Counties

Jeff Pelley

Jeff has served the BLaST IU17 counties in secondary transition for 6 years.

Get in Touch with Jeff:


Phone: 570-323-8561 x1049


Eastern Region


Kristen Strong

Kristen proudly supports the LEAs within NEIU19 in the areas of LRE/Inclusive Practices/Transition/Elementary Literacy

Get in Touch with Kristen:


Phone: 570-876-9232


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.