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.

October 6, 2021
Supporting Your Child’s Mental Health Needs After High School
Presenter(s):  Lisa Abeleira, Family Peer Advocate, Erica Harper-Beckford, Family Peer Advocate, Sondra Siegel-Rakitovan, Family Peer Advocate and Family Engagement Specialist Family and Children’s Association
Description:  A review of 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.


October 13, 2021
Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD):
Overview of Supports and Services forPeople with Developmental Disabilities
Presenter(s):  Dorothea Daniels, LI Regional Coordinator, Parent to Parent
November 9, 2021
Overview of Legal Issues:
Guardianship & Estate Planning
Presenter(s):  Andrew Cohen, Esq.Attorney, Law Offices of Andrew M. Cohen, Mitch WeisbrotSpecial Care Planner
January 12, 2022
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
February 8, 2022
College Planning:
Services for Students with Disabilities
Presenter(s):  Julie Yindra, Director, Student Access Services, Hofstra University, Gina Esposito-Sales, CounselorCenter for Students with DisabilitiesNassau Community College
March 2, 2022
Transitioning to Adulthood with Vision and Other Sensory Needs
Presenter(s):  Susanne Morgan Morrow, Project Director, New York Deaf-Blind Collaborative (NYDBC), Queens CollegePaola Nappo Ficarra, District Manager, NYS Office of Children and Family Services, Commission for the Blind (NYSCB)
March 15, 2022
Assisting People with Disabilities to Obtain and Maintain Employment
Presenter(s):  Karen Marcus-Hoffman, MS.Ed. CRCVocational Rehabilitation CounselorAdult Career & Continuing Education Services - Vocational Rehabilitation
April 5, 2022
Medicaid, SSI & SSD:
Overview of Eligibility and Benefits
Presenter(s):  Tom Schinkel, Assistant Director of Benefits & Entitlements, Care Design, New York
May 4, 2022
Pathways to Graduation:
Requirements for Local and Regents Diplomas and the CDOS Commencement Credential
Presenter(s):  Kristin Burke, MS Ed, 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