Preparing for Life After High School: A Transition Webinar Series

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    The webinars listed below are on topics that are important as students prepare to leave school and enter adulthood. Review the descriptions to see which ones relate best to your child. You may attend as many webinars as you choose. All webinars will begin at 7 p.m. and will run for about 45 minutes. Pre-registration is required. Please click on the registration button for the webinar(s) you are interested in attending and complete the simple registration process. Prior to the webinar, please visit and download Zoom onto your computer.

March 10, 2021
Overview of Legal Issues:
Guardianship & Estate Planning
Presenter(s):  Andrew Cohen, Esq., Attorney, Law Offices of Andrew M. Cohen
Description:  A review of how to legally protect children with intellectual disabilities through establishing guardianship, estate planning, wills, and special needs trusts.
March 24, 2021
College Planning:
Services for Students with Disabilities
Presenter(s):  Julie Yindra, Director, Student Access Services Hofstra University, and Gina Esposito-Sales, Counselor, Center for Students with Disabilities, Nassau Community College
Description:  A review of how students entering college may access accommodations there and will highlight issues that affect the decision to do so as well as other aspects of college life.
April 7, 2021
Single Point of Access (SPOA):
Connecting to Mental Health Services, Providers and Benefits
Presenter(s):  Kathryn Artesani, LMSW, Nassau County Department of Human Services, Office of Mental Health, Chemical Dependency & Developmental Disabilities Services
Description:  How the SPOA Program helps connect people to mental health services, assist with provider communication, and help find benefits.
April 15, 2021
Assisting People with Disabilities to Obtain and Maintain Employment
Presenter(s):  Karen Marcus-Hoffman, MS.Ed., CRC Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Adult Career & Continuing Education Services - Vocational Rehabilitation
Description:  A review of how ACCES-VR assists people with disabilities to achieve and maintain employment and support independent living, through training, education, rehabilitation and career development.
April 21, 2021
Medicaid, SSI & SSD:
Overview of Eligibility and Benefits
Presenter(s):  Tom Schinkel, Assistant Director of Benefits & Entitlements Specialist, Care Design, New York
Description:  A review of requirements for eligibility for Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability and the difference between SSI and SSD.
April 29, 2021
Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD):
Overview of Supports and Services for People with Developmental Disabilities
Presenter(s):  Dorothea Daniels, LI Regional Coordinator, Parent to Parent
Description:  A review of the process of applying for OPWDD eligibility, what the Front Door is, and a brief overview of what to expect after the Front Door.
May 11, 2021
Pathways to Graduation:
Requirements for Local and Regents Diplomas and the CDOS Commencement Credential
Presenter(s):  Donna Spotton, MS Ed, CRC, CCC; Kristin Burke, MS Ed; and Kenneth Anderson, MS Ed, CRC; Transition Specialists, Long Island Regional Partnership Center, Center for Community Inclusion, Long Island University
Description:  A review of the multiple safety net options available to students with IEP’s to achieve a local or Regents diploma, including the Superintendents Determination, and how CDOS Credential requirements relate to this option
May 20, 2021
Supporting Your Child's Mental Health after High School
Presenter(s):  Lisa Abeleira, Family Peer Advocate; Erica Harper-Beckford, Family Peer Advocate; and Sondra Siegel-Rakitovan, Family Peer Advocate and Family Engagement Specialist; Family and Children's Association
Description:  To review benefits and limitations on parental involvement in a child’s mental health treatment after turning 18 years of age; general information about guardianship and the application process when adult children refuse parental involvement but still need the support of a parent.