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Roads to Learning and Earning: Raising Expectations for Students with Intellectual Disability (Session 9C)

Zoom: https://hawaii.zoom.us/j/8089682204
Main Topic
: Transition, Inclusive Postsecondary Education, and Self Determination
Session Type: Skill Share


The Roads to Learning and Earning project began in 2013 with a grant from North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities (NCCDD). During that grant period, a web-based resource matrix was developed, allowing middle and high schools to work together across North Carolina to create this initial “roadmap” resource for teachers, parents, young adults, and school administrators  available to guide them beyond high school as they entered the workforce, postsecondary education, and/or community living. From 2013-2016, this successful web-based “roadmap” was vetted by several teachers, families, school personnel, and students embarking on their road to college, work, and independent living after leaving high school.

The Roads to Earning and Learning website (www.rtle.org) provides a timeline and relevant evidence-based resources to the target population, their families, and school personnel. The overall purpose of the website resources is 1) to raise expectations of parents, teachers, administrators, and students; 2) to demonstrate possibilities of competitive employment, postsecondary education, training, and independent living options for youth; and 3) to provide teachers, parents, and students with resources that help prepare and create opportunities for positive post-school outcomes. By using the ‘Road to Learning and Earning theme, students, teachers and families navigate through five domains: Road to Work, Road to College, Community Living, In the Driver’s Seat, and Taking it for a SPIN (strengths, preferences, interests, needs). Within each domain are numerous paths with specific research based resources, objectives, and activities that can be used to guide adolescents during their transition from high school to the workforce, college, and/or independent community living. These resources also allow students to build self-determination skills and find their voice for doing things they never imagined possible through the Stories of Success YouTube channel. Parents, teachers, and individuals also get access to numerous webinars and trainings to expand their knowledge in the field.

This presentation will share this web-based resource in great detail, as well as several success videos and lesson plans that school personnel and families can take back and use in their journey of secondary and post-school transitions. Currently, the Roads to Learning and Earning website is funded through the U.S. Department of Education grant H325K170033. New resources, success videos, and webinars/trainings are added twice a month and all resources are reviewed several times a year to ensure the most up-to-date information and research-based practices are shared.

Learning Objectives:

  • At the end of this session, participants will acquire a new awareness of the five domains investigated during the transition process (Road to Work, Road to College, Community Living, In the Driver’s Seat, and Taking it for a SPIN (strengths, preferences, interests, needs).
  • At the end of this session, participants will expand their knowledge of overall success stories of individuals with a disability, families, and school personnel that work together closely to build successful and realistic transition roadmaps.
  • At the end of this session, participants will develop a list of lesson plans that can aid in the transition process and be used during the school day or beyond.
  • At the end of this session, participants will know how to access hundreds of resources related to research-based transition practices.

Keywords: Intellectual Disability, Transition, IPSE, Resource

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Mar 02 2021


12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

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  • Date: Mar 02 2021
  • Time: 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

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  • Dr. Kelly Kelley
    Dr. Kelly Kelley
    Western Carolina University - Associate Professor/UP Program Director

    Western Carolina University

    Dr. Kelly R. Kelley received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Since 2010, she has served as the University Participant (UP) Program Coordinator, Consultant, and now Director. She is also an Associate Professor at Western Carolina University. Previously, she also directed the NCCDD Learning and Earning Grant Project and now the Roads to Learning and Earning Personnel Preparation project working with several NC school districts. Dr. Kelley has published 33 book chapters and articles. She has presented at more than 165 international, national, and state conferences. Her research interests include secondary transition related to assistive technology, independent living, and inclusive postsecondary opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Recently, she also wrote a book called Teaching, Including, and Supporting College Students with Intellectual Disabilities.

  • Ms. Alexandra Raxter
    Ms. Alexandra Raxter
    Western Carolina University - RTLE Transition Grant Coordinator

    Western Carolina University

    Alexandra Raxter has her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Inclusive Education/Special Education from Western Carolina University (WCU). Currently, Alexandra serves as the Roads to Learning and Earning (RTLE) Transition Grant Coordinator, as she works in numerous ways with individuals, families, and masters-level school personnel working directly with individuals with disabilities. In conjunction with these roles, Alexandra also has several roles with the University Participant (UP) Program at WCU, serving as an unpaid and paid natural support, roommate/suitemate, graduate assistant, scheduler, and person-centered planning partner to current and former UP students. Although she is just beginning her professional career, Alexandra looks forward to continuing her line of research in the areas of transition, postsecondary education, implementing inclusive practices across all ages focused on teaching independent living and self-determination skills to young adults with intellectual disability.