Transition Capacity Building

Statewide Capacity Building and Coordination with TWC and LEAs

Individuals with disabilities face challenges in their transition from school to adult life, especially in the transition from school to employment. Federal legislation requires local and state education agencies to work with the state vocational rehabilitation agency to facilitate a smooth transition from school to employment. Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) and Texas Education Agency (TEA) have developed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to help guide the two agencies for collaborations.

In order to effectively implement the MOU, TWC has proposed and funded several initiatives to enhance the quality of transition services in Texas. One of the initiatives is for Texas A&M University’s Center on Disability and Development to provide training and technical assistance to regional and local transition teams for the purpose of building statewide capacity in providing quality transition services to students with disabilities.

Statewide Capacity Building Conference

An interactive training in developing effective transition teams and identifying effective resources for transition planning.

September 22-24, 2019
Doubletree By Hilton Austin
6505 N Interstate Hwy 35, Austin, TX 78752

Sunday, September 22
5:00 – 7:00 pm
Registration and check-in

Monday, September 23
8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Breakfast and registration from 7:30 – 8:30 am

Tuesday, September 24
8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Breakfast and registration from 7:30 – 8:30 am

Partnering for Success – Many Noerper, TWC

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Pre-ETS Overview – Kevin Markel, TWC

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Panel Discussion: Collection at its Best – Carla Johnson, ESC 11; Jim Knauss, TWC-VR Region 2; Pattie Noonan, University of Kansas

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Paving the Pathways to Success – Cheryl Guido, TWC-VR Region 5, Debbie McCart, Cy-Fair ISD; Monica Pereda, TWC-VR Region 5; Sabrina Parras, TWC-VR Region 5

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Group work: working documents

  • Agency Day worksheet
  • Things to Consider as the Strategic Plan is Being Developed
  • Content for Team Roles
  • Team Action Plan
  • Content for Strategic Plan (example)
  • Content for Strategic Plan for Transition
Group work: working documents (continued from day one)

  • Making Parents Part of the Team – Leslie Polvado, Independent Living Experience; Mary Jane Williams, Family to Family Network
  • Catalog/Discussion Board – Vanessa Richards; Dalun Zhang; Melina Cavazos; Center on Disability and Development at Texas A&M University
  • Future Direction of TEA’s Transition Effort – Vickie Mitchell, Garrett Center; Susie May, TEA
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  • TWC Region 1 – El Paso Focus Group Data
  • TWC Region 1 – Lubbock Focus Group Data
  • TWC Region 1 – Lubbock Supporting Agencies
  • TWC Region 2 – Focus Group Data
  • TWC Region 3 – Focus Group Data
  • TWC Region 4 – Focus Group Data
  • TWC Region 5 – Focus Group Data
  • TWC Region 6 – Focus Group Data
  • TWC Region 6 – San Antonio Regional Focus Group Data

Texas Workforce Commission

Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services
101 East 15th Street, Austin, Texas 78778-0001  •  800-628-5115
Equal Opportunity Employer/Program
Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.
Relay Texas: 800-735-2989 (TTY) and 711 (Voice)
The Texas Workforce Commission accepts calls made through any relay service provider.

For purposes of the VR program, the Federal VR grant paid 78.7 percent of the total costs of the program. In Federal fiscal year (FFY) 2019, the VR agency received $221,936,258 in Federal VR funds. Funds appropriated by the State paid 21.3 percent of the total costs ($60,066,611) under the VR program. 

Visit the Texas Workforce Commission website.