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VISIONS XXII - What's Next? 
May 6 - 8, 2015
Rosen Shingle Creek, Orlando, FL 
Florida Division on Career Development and Transition (FLDCDT) is proud to announce the upcoming annual VISIONS Conference. The theme for this year's conference/transition planning institute is: VISIONS XXII -What's Next? For more information, please visit the FLDCDT website at

Call for Presentations 
Wouldn't you like to be a part of this exciting event?  How about being a presenter? Lead presenters a $25.00 discount toward registration fees. Questions regarding presentation proposals are being sent to:

Creating Access to Opportunities for Youth in Transition from Foster Care The brief identifies the challenges that youth in foster care encounter when they turn 18. This brief encourages educators, child welfare workers, court personnel and policy makers to shift the conversation from simply “transitioning out of foster care” to “transitioning to opportunities,” which acknowledges that youth in foster care should know and understand the possibilities for their future.


Florida Division on Career Development and Transition Award Nominations


Please take a few moments to nominate an individual who you feel deserves recognition for his or her work in the area of transition.  Five ‘Making a Difference’ Awards and the ‘Deb Husted Outstanding Educator’ and ‘Outstanding Student’ Awards will be given during our annual Visions Conference – “Visions XXII, A Transition Planning Institute and Conference, “What’s Next? Nominations are due by March 13, 2015.  


Award Nomination Forms

Please share this information with anyone who may be interested in submitting a nomination! 

2014 National Study of Employers: Including the Talents of Employees with Disabilities
Families and Work Institute’s (FWI) 2014 National Study of Employers (NSE) is the most comprehensive and far-reaching study of the practices, policies, programs and benefits provided by U.S. employers to enhance organizational and employee success by addressing the changing realities of today’s economy, workforce and workplace. The NSE, conducted in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), is based on the Institute’s landmark 1998 Business Work-Life Study (BWLS). Its scope was broadened to cover issues of importance in the changing economy and has been conducted four additional times since the BWLS survey was completed (2005, 2008, 2012 and 2014).

This 2014 NSE brief expands upon the core report by reviewing three workplace characteristics that make workplaces more inclusive of employees including those with disabilities: 1) workplace flexibility; 2) employee resource groups (ERGs); and 3) formal staffing plans.

Project 10 Regional Winter Institutes with Team Cadre Meetings were held on February 2-6, 2015. 
Please visit the Conference Presentations ( page to find presentations and other information from the regional institutes. 

A Literature Map of Dropout Prevention Interventions for Students with Disabilities 
This research synthesis, announced by the National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities, represents the most up-to-date review of dropout interventions for students with disabilities. The authors conducted an extensive search of the literature to find articles that described school completion interventions that yielded positive outcomes for students with disabilities. Of 544 potential studies, 19 studies met the inclusion criteria: three experimental, one quasi-experimental, five qualitative, five mixed methods, four correlational, and one descriptive. The most commonly implemented interventions involved multiple components involving mentoring, family outreach, academic support, attendance monitoring, additional support services, and students' participation in school-related activities. Several studies also targeted students' specific disability-related needs, such as self-determination skills, social skills, and vocational skills. Overall, the interventions were aligned with recommendations made by the Institute of Education Sciences as effective interventions for general education students (Dynarski, et al., 2008).

Alert – New Legislation
Please be aware that there is new legislation impacting the education of students with disabilities. The Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services, will be providing guidance as soon as possible. All Project 10 trainings and information will be reviewed and revised, as needed and with FDOE/BEESS guidance, to reflect the most current legislation. 

Scope and Sequences for Employment Courses
Project 10 has developed scope and sequences to support teachers implementing the following employment courses:

The scope and sequences are available by clicking the links below each course title. They can also be found in the A-Z Library and Student Development webpages. Course descriptions can be found at the CPALMS website (   

Work-Based Learning Opportunities for High School Students (2013) 

2014 Economic Security Report
The Economic Security Report provides students, parents, and others with employment, earnings, and other outcome information on graduates of Florida's public institutions of higher education, e.g., State University System (SUS), Florida College System (FCS), and District Technical Centers (DTC). 

Beyond Education
A new website with Key Facts About Education Outcomes In Florida Section 445.07, F.S., requires the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to make available, to the public, an on-line tool that provides students, parents and others with outcome information on the employment and earnings of Florida graduates from public institutions of higher education - state universities, state college institutions, and district technical centers.  The data source for this information is the Florida Department of Education's Florida Education and Training Placement Information Program (FETPIP) and Office of Student Financial Assistance. This information is intended to provide students, parents and others with a preliminary view of the type of information that is available on Florida's Economic Success Metrics website.

The National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC) hosted two webinars targeted to those interested in learning about Florida's Orange County Public School (OCPS) Transition Services' program on continuum of placements that help students with disabilities transition successfully from school to careers.

Florida's OCPS presented on a continuum of placement options that help students with disabilities transition successfully from school to careers.  Students have several diploma options that encompass college preparatory and career preparatory tracks. Transition Services provides the necessary supports to students on both tracks through community and business partnerships. (originally recorded on March 21, 2014)
A one-hour overview about the full continuum of services, including  information on the diploma options. Transition supports include Community Based Instruction, Career Based Vocational Education, BRIDGES Transition Program, Post High School Programs, and Project SEARCH internships, and the Work Maturity Skills Data Collection and Assessment System 2.0. (originally recorded on May 28, 2014)
A one hour follow up to the first webinar focused on the logistics and technical details of the continuum, including community collaboration and business partners, course credit, documentation, transportation, liability, scheduling, etc. 

April 2014 – New Research Synthesis

A Literature Map of Dropout Prevention Interventions for Students With Disabilities (2014) by Julia Wilkins and Sloan Huckabee.
This research synthesis represents the most up-to-date review of dropout interventions for students with disabilities. The authors conducted an extensive search of the literature to find articles that described school completion interventions that yielded positive outcomes for students with disabilities.

E-Summit on Chronic Absenteeism and Student Achievement 
This summit, held on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, was hosted by New York City May Michael R. Bloomberg and the U.S. Council of Mayors to present new research on why reducing chronic absence matters and to outline the core steps that any community can take to improve school attendance. Materials from the Summit are available at

Personal Attributes of Highly Successful Employment Specialists 
The Center on Transition to Employment for Youth with Disabilities has released a new research brief, The Personnel Factor: Exploring the Personal Attributes of Highly Successful Employment Specialists Who Work with Transition-Age Youth. The brief identifies four attribute categories of successful employment specialists: principled optimism, cultural competence, business-oriented professionalism, and networking savvy.  

EducationWeek Supplement on Diverse Learners and the Common Core 
EducationWeek has published a supplement to its October 30 issue, Moving Beyond the Mainstream: Helping Diverse Learners Master the Common Core, that focuses on standards, testing, English learners, students with disabilities, and gifted learners. The free digital edition is available at Click on the "Text View" button on the tool bar at the upper right of the screen to read a text only/no graphics version of the report.  

Florida Executive Order on Employment of Persons with Disabilities
Governor Rick Scott issued Executive Order 13-284 on October 8, 2013, to affirm Florida's commitment to the employment of persons with disabilities, define employment as integrated paid employment, and develop and implement an interagency agreement among agencies. The cooperative agreement will formalize state efforts and maintain the focus on specific objectives for improving opportunities for persons with disabilities. Read the Executive Order at 

University of Florida Certificate in Education and Health Care Transition
This 12 credit graduate program is designed for graduate students and professionals in education, medicine, nursing, social work, law, public health, public policy, and other education and health areas. Participants will learn new skills for integrating education and health care transition and will build expertise in this emerging discipline. The online course provides a flexible schedule, participation in a community of practice, and the opportunity to complete the program in one year. For more information, go to or contact


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