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Report of Regents P-12 Education/Adult Career and Continuing Education Services (ACCES) Joint Meeting Committee to The Board of Regents

Your P-12 Education and ACCES Committees held a joint meeting on November 13, 2017.  All members were present, except for Regent Cashin, who was excused.

MATTERS NOT REQUIRING BOARD ACTION

Transition Planning and Services for Students and Youth with Disabilities – the Committee was presented with an update on Department initiatives to improve transition planning and services and employment outcomes for students with disabilities.  Transition planning and services, as required by the federal and New York State law and regulation, are designed to ensure students with disabilities are provided with the appropriate instruction, courses of student and transition activities to meet their post-secondary goals in the areas of education/training, employment, and where appropriate, independent living.  The P-12 Office of Special Education has responsibility for providing policy, monitoring, and technical assistance to school districts on the IDEA transition requirement while ACCES-VR plays a critical role in transition coordination and planning by promoting vocational rehabilitation and independent living services during a youth’s transition planning years. 

To assist students and youth with disabilities with the transition to adulthood, the Office of Special Education and ACCES-VR are working on the following initiatives: Monitoring of Appropriate Transition Planning; Regional Professional Development on Transition Planning and Services; Youth Advisory Panel; Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income Grant; Program Development Grant to Prepare Students with Disabilities to Exit School with Work Readiness Skills; and Strengthening Relationships with School Districts.  In addition, several new initiatives were presented that will enhance service delivery to youth and students with disabilities, including: ACCES-VR IL/VR Peer Mentoring Initiative; CUNY LEADS Plus; NYC Mayor’s Office for Persons with Disabilities; and Career Exploration Initiative.