Establishing Families as Partners in the Secondary Transition Planning Process is a cross-agency learning experience designed for local professionals working to prepare, involve, and empower families of students with disabilities as they transition from secondary education to adulthood. OCALI, in partnership with the Ohio Employment First Taskforce and its member agencies, created this training to work in tandem with the written guide, It Starts With Families. What will you learn? The guide and training are designed to increase the capacity of agency personnel to understand the following topics through the lens of secondary transition: · the value of family partnerships, · cultural and linguistically diverse families, · implicit bias and the evolution of disability, · having authentic and necessary conversations, · and universal design for learning (UDL), which includes creating and redesigning communication and experiences to better represent and serve families. Who should attend? This learning series is targeted to: local cross-agency professionals from local schools, career-technical centers and education service centers, county boards of developmental disabilities, mental health providers, counselors and supervisors from Opportunities from Ohioans with Disabilities, and anyone providing service and support to transition-age youth with disabilities. Check out the Establishing Families Professional Learning Series video to learn more. Why should you attend? Our hope is for a team of multi-agency professionals serving the same or similar transition-age youth and their families in their community to take this together. By working together, we can create a more seamless transition from secondary education to adulthood. Are you ready? Take the next step and sign up for your cross-agency training today by emailing: ItStartsWithFamilies@dodd.ohio.gov. We will work together to find dates and times to collaborate and connect as a team! For more information, visit Employment First: It Starts with Families and watch the video.