The Edmond Sun

October 25, 2012

Conference helps students with disabilities transition out of high school

7th annual Oklahoma Transition Institute set for Nov. 7-9

Special to The Sun

Norman — The Oklahoma Transition Council will present its annual Transition Institute for students with disabilities and their families, educators, service providers and potential employers on Nov. 7-9 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center, 2501 Conference Drive, in Norman. Conference registration is free and is limited to 350 participants. Registration closes at 5 p.m. Oct. 26.

The Oklahoma Transition Council’s mission is to improve transition education, planning and services that lead to successful post-school outcomes for students with disabilities.

The Transition Institute brings together speakers and service providers to help students and their core support groups plan and execute a positive transition from school to post-secondary education, work and independent living.

Students with disabilities face more obstacles in school and at work than their peers, being more than twice as likely not to finish high school and participate in post-secondary education. As adults, they face much higher unemployment rates and are more likely to live in poverty. During high school positive planning, education and career development experiences can help students dramatically improve their opportunities for a successful adult life.

Conference topics include:

• Transition 101;

• Developing a transition plan;

• New transition tools and instructional materials;

• Effective secondary transition practices; and

• Drug trends in Oklahoma.

For more information or to register for OTI, contact the OU Zarrow Center at 325-8951 or log on to

OTI is sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, the Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council, ABLE Tech, Department of Career and Technology Education, the Oklahoma State Department of Education and other partners.