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Transition Talks Tuesdays:
Successfully Moving Forward


Transition Talks Tuesdays — School District of Janesville

Large blue suspension bridge made out of legos with two lego construction workers figures and one lego supergirl figure standing on the bridgeTransition has many pieces! Learn about what those pieces are and how you can stay a step ahead so your student can be successful. All Transition Talks Tuesdays will be recorded and resource sheets will be made based on the recording. You can come back to this page to access the recordings.

Transition Talks Tuesdays is a partnership with the School District of Janesville and the Southern Regional Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs.

What’sFamily Voices of Wisconsin After High School?

Learn about the transition to adult life for youth with disabilities and special health care needs. This training covers the role of schools, long-term supports, public benefits, the change to adult health care, supported decision making options and other legal options, advocacy, employment, housing and living, the basics of self-determination, and imagining community life. Presented by Barbara Katz, Co-Director, Family Voices of Wisconsin. It will be helpful to watch the video at

Recorded October 5  Resource Sheet

Black icon of Wisconsin in an orange circle; black icon of a person in a blue circle; two arrows icon in a green circle. Logo of the Department of Workforce DevelopmentReady to Work: Finding and Keeping Integrated Employment

Students can and should connect with the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) while they are in school. Come and learn how DVR and Vocational Agencies support students in preparing to work, finding work and supporting them at work. Presentation by Deb Remmel and Kelsey Harrington, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors with DVR.

Recorded October 12     Resource Sheet

Higher Education Options: What do I Need to Know?

Some of our students want to go to school after high school. But should they choose a 4-year college, 2-year college, technical college? How can they get the supports they need to succeed? Come learn about what are some of the options and some of the supports if a student wants to go to college. Deb Gilster from Blackhawk Technical College, Marissa Rehor from UW-Whitewater an Ali Potratz from UWW Rock County will be our presenters.

October 26, 2021

Recording     Resource Sheet     BTC Slides     UWW Slides

 Getting Help as an Adult: Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) 

Learn what services the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) provides. The ADRC has been called the “gatekeeper” to adult programs. Find out when, why and how you will need to connect with them. We welcome in the Jamie Dix, Information and Referral Specialist, and Jill Hrycay, Disability Benefits Specialist, from Rock County ADRC.

Recorded November 9, 2021

Recording     Resource Sheet    ADRC slides

Health Care Changes Too! Bridging the Gap

As we look ahead to our students/children turning 18, we need to keep an eye on health care. What steps need to be taken to move into the world of adult health care? What skills can be taught (even in middle school)? How can we tell what a student needs to know? Tim Markle from the Southern Regional Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs and the Wisconsin Youth Health Transition Initiative, and his young adult son Hunter, will be our presenters.

Recorded November 23, 2021

Recording     Resource Sheet     YHTI Slides

Disability Work Benefits: Navigating Work and Support

Having a job increases self-esteem, brings in income, support social development and so much more! But it can be tricky working and receiving support. Luckily there are Work Benefits Specialist who can help. We will be joined by Amber Kwiatkowski from ERI, Inc.

Recorded December 7, 2021

Recording   Resource Sheet   Slides

Thinking about Supported Decision-MakingFamily Voices of Wisconsin Logo

This workshop explains what families need to know about decision making supports and tools available in Wisconsin. This training will be most helpful for families who have children ages 14 and older with disabilities and the providers and educators who work with them.

Recorded December 14, 2021

Recording     Resource Sheet    Slides