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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 October 15, 2018.  All members were present, except for Regent Cottrell and Regent Norwood, who were excused.


Panel on Peer Mentoring Services for Students with Disabilities – the Committee was presented with a panel presentation to provide an update on the collaboration between ACCES-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) and P-12’s Office of Special Education (OSE), including information on the Peer Mentoring Initiative that has been successful in assisting students and youth with disabilities in navigating through barriers to employment.  As part of this collaborative effort, ACCES-VR and OSE have been working on a joint agreement to: strengthen shared efforts to prepare students with disabilities for successful community work experiences, careers, and independent living; outline a collaborative framework for coordinating State and local services and resources; and, provide guidance for coordinating plans, policies, and procedures developed to facilitate the transition of students with disabilities from school to post-school activities, including the receipt of vocational rehabilitation services leading to employment.  Due to the success of the initial pilot, work is currently underway to release a new Request for Proposal to expand the project to a total of five District Offices.