2021 Transition Expo - Community Partner Resources & Presentations

WHY EXPLORE TRANSITION EXPO RESOURCES?

  • To engage students in learning to pursue their post school visions
  • To engage families in the transition process with their young adult
  • To meet community partners and different community agencies
  • To learn together outside an IEP team meeting

FOCUS GROUP

Students in grades 6-12+, family members, teachers, transition coaches, and anyone else in the Ingham, Eaton and Clinton communities who are interested.

ASPPIRE

ASPPIRE is a welcoming community providing collaborative supports, services, and programs for adults with social challenges and disabilities.

Contact: Maria Peak, Director, 989.272.2977

Autism Alliance of Michigan

Video DocumentAbout Autism Alliance of Michigan

We are leading collaborative efforts across the state that will improve the quality of life for individuals with autism through education, access to comprehensive services, community awareness, inclusion efforts, and coordinated advocacy.

Contact: Karah Ley, LLMSW, Education & Outreach Coordinator, 248.296.2145

Capital Area District Libraries

Video DocumentStudent Success Initiative
Video DocumentResearch Tools and Guides

Download and Streaming Services
Watch movies and TV, listen to the newest music, and get caught up on your reading with eBooks, audiobooks, & comic books, with no overdues.

Capital Area District Library Academy
Information on ancestry, auto repair, resources for young readers, tutoring and research can be in the extensive Capital Area District Academy.

Contact: Melissa Cole, Head Librarian-Lansing Branches

Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA)

Video DocumentHow to Ride CATA Chapter 1: Planning a Trip
Video DocumentHow to Ride CATA Chapter 2: How to Ride
Video DocumentHow to Ride CATA Chapter 3: Bike Rack
Video DocumentDNCAP - Spec Tran

Serving the capital city region since 1972, the Capital Area Transportation Authority was formed under Act 55 (Public Act of Michigan 1963). The Authority's governmental membership includes the cities of Lansing and East Lansing, and the townships of Delhi, Lansing and Meridian. Our mission is to meet the mobility needs of our region by providing innovative solutions in partnership with the communities we serve. Our vision is that CATA will ensure public trust by re-imagining regional mobility challenges and how we better engage those we serve.

Contact: Craig Frazier, Operations Manager-Paratransit, 517.394.1100 x2567

Chalgian & Tripp Law Offices

Video DocumentSpecial Needs Planning

Chalgian & Tripp Law Offices serves clients across Michigan with eight convenient offices located in East Lansing, Kalamazoo, Jackson, Battle Creek, Southfield, Midland, Saginaw, and Ann Arbor with offering practice in estate planning, will and trust contests, guardianship, elder law, special needs, Medicaid planning, estate and trust administration and financial exploitation of vulnerable adults. 

Contact: Chalgian & Tripp Law Offices, 517.332.3800

Disability Network Capital Area

Video DocumentDisability Network Capital Area Programs for Students - Jean Harris and
Video DocumentBasic Social Security - Phil Kozachik, Disability Network Capital Area

Transforming thinking to improve the environment and quality of life for people with disabilities.

Contacts

  • Jean Harris, Youth Transition Program Manager, 517.999.7517
  • Phil Kozachik, Benefits Planner - Work Incentive Practitioner, 517.999.7529

Ingham County Sheriff's Office

Video DocumentOnline Safety

The Ingham County Sheriff’s Office mission is to provide correctional, law enforcement and support service excellence in partnership with our community.  We provide a full array of public safety resources including traffic safety, K9, Dive team, investigations and emergency operations.  If you have a question or concern with any of the following:

  • safety concerns
  • report of abuse of neglect
  • online safety
  • school safety or threats

Contact: Captain Andrew Daenzer, 517-676-8202. For any emergency please dial 911.

LIFE Research Lab - Michigan State University

Video DocumentWelcome to MSU's Life Research Lab

Solutions come from working in collaboration with individuals with disabilities, families and the community through knowledge, skills, practice and positivity.

Contact: Gloria K. Lee, Ph.D., CRC, Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology & Special Education, Michigan State University, 517.432.3623

Mid-Michigan Autism Association

Video DocumentMid-Michigan Autism Association

The Mid-Michigan Autism Association (MMAA) is made up of local people working to improve the quality of life for individuals and families living with developmental disability in Mid-Michigan. In 2008, the MMAA was started by a small group of parents and professionals who wanted to understand best treatment options and local resources for our kids with autism. Early on, we identified that the work we were doing applied to families living with developmental disabilities of all kinds. Thus the by line Autism Driven, not Autism Specific.

Special Education Mediation Services

Video DocumentResolving Disputes Collaboratively

Special Education Mediation Services (SEMS), formerly known as Michigan Special Education Mediation Program, provides mediation, facilitation and training services for working through disagreements so that children with disabilities promptly receive the services they need to develop and succeed in school. These services often help to avoid disputes or help resolve them early.

Contact: Cindy Van Neste, 517.819.5456

Balance MI-Skills, Inc.

Improving Communication - Supporting Employment - Promoting Independence

Video DocumentLive, Work, Grow

Providing evidence-based practice strategies for improved communication, interpersonal, soft, and social skills promoting more effective friendships, romantic partnerships, and work-based relationships and increasing opportunities for getting and keeping jobs, improved self-advocacy, and greater overall independence.

Contacts

Capital Area College Access Network (CapCAN)

Video Document"Know How to Go: Take Your IEP to College" - Michele Strasz, Capital Area College Access Network and Amanda Preston, Center for Student Access, Lansing Community College

The Capital Area College Access Network (CapCAN) is a community collaborative focused on making completion of postsecondary education an achievable reality for all residents by fostering high educational aspirations through the alignment of our institutions and resources.  Our geographic area includes Ingham and Eaton counties. Our goal is to increase college and postsecondary readiness, participation, and completion.  Our network includes representatives from education, higher education, business, nonprofit, philanthropy, and government stakeholders.  CapCAN targets our support and services to low-income, communities of color, and first-generation students.  Help us create a college-going culture!

Contact: Michele Strasz, Executive Director, 517.203.5011

Lansing Community College - Center for Student Access

Video DocumentAccommodations in College - Lansing Community College

Access Consultant Andy George discusses a number of topics about transition to college, including the differences between accommodations in high school and in college, things you can do to prepare for transition now, and the resources available to students at Lansing Community College.

Contact

Michigan Alliance for Families

Video DocumentTransition from School to Adulthood

Michigan Alliance for Families is a statewide resource to connect families of children with disabilities to resources to help improve their children’s education. We help facilitate parent involvement as a means of improving educational services and outcomes for students with disabilities.

We have an archive of recorded webinars available for when you need access to learn, understand, and manage  topics related to special education. Our webinars (like all of our learning opportunities) are free for parents, caregivers, and educators.  

These free webinars can be viewed any time on the Michigan Alliance for Families YouTube Channel.  For handouts for a recorded webinar, email us at info@michiganallianceforfamilies.org.

Michigan Rehabilitation Services

We are a statewide network of vocational rehabilitation (VR) professionals developing creative, customized solutions that meet the needs of individuals and business. We deliver individualized services that assist potential employees with differing abilities pursue and retain careers. We partner with business in employee development, business consulting and corporate relations. We are committed to building the workforce of tomorrow . . . today.

New Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Referrals

  • Justine Bond, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, point of contact for all Ingham ISD service area schools. 517.242.8477

Established Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)

Population Served

  • Typically 11th/12th graders

Students who

  • May have some work experience
  • Are preparing to transition out of high school

Contacts

  • Justine Bond, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, point of contact for students in grades 11 and 12 (East Lansing, Holt, Lansing Public Schools, and Project SEARCH, Secondary Learning Center and Waverly) 517.242.8477
  • Amy Hoholik-Bandy, Rehabilitation Counselor, point of contact for students in grades 11 and 12 (Dansville, Haslett, Leslie, Mason, Okemos, Public School Academies, Stockbridge,  Webberville, and Williamston) 517.331.4967

Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS)

Population served

  • Typically 9th/10th graders

Students with limited work experience

  • Prepares students for work
  • Assists students with exploration of post-secondary pursuits
    • Training/College

Contacts

  • Brian Townsel, Pre-ETS Counselor for Pre-ETS students in grades 9 and 10 (all Ingham County Schools) 517.243.6994
  • Emily Bellar, Pre-Ets Counselor for Pre-ETS students in grades 9 and 10 (all Ingham County Schools) 517.388.7270

Peckham

Video DocumentPeckham School To Work and Youth Career Development
Video DocumentPeckham's Corporate Video

Peckham, Inc., a nonprofit vocational rehabilitation organization, provides job training opportunities for persons with significant disabilities and other barriers to employment. Peckham provides people with physical, cognitive, behavioral and socio-economic challenges, a platform to demonstrate their ability, learn new skills, participate in work and enjoy the rewards of their success. Peckham provides opportunities so clients can experience meaningful employment growth.

Contact: Alyse Johnson Munishamaiah, LMSW, 517.492.8129

Ingham County Public Health Department

Video DocumentIngham County Public Health Department YouTube Channel
Video DocumentEnvironmental Heath Bureau Program
Video DocumentImmunization Services
Video DocumentHIV/STI Prevention Program
Video DocumentOnly You can Prevent Flu

Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center

Video DocumentCreating Opportunities and Transforming Lives

At Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center, our mission is to create opportunities and transform lives. We strive to be the leader in maximizing access to innovative services with exceptional results. This is at the heart of what we do every single day. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive rehabilitation for adolescents and adults with neurological dysfunction.

Contact: Chanin Heise, Director of Development and Communication, 517.455.0278