In partnership with the Department of Career and Technology Education, and other key stakeholders from across state agencies, schools, families, businesses, and other groups, DRS chairs the Oklahoma Transition Council which focuses on improving transition planning, services, and post-school outcomes for young adults with disabilities.
The council hosts an annual Oklahoma Transition Institute (OTI), where regional transition teams from across the state come together to learn about innovative practices and programs and to develop a plan for how to improve transition in their local areas. Teams are comprised of DRS counselors, school personnel, other state agencies, family members, community service providers, higher education, and other stakeholders with a vested interest in the transition of youth with disabilities. The Council has patterned its work after a model implemented in New Mexico using the Taxonomy for Transition Programming.
To learn more about the council, OTI, or how to join a local transition team in your area, contact the transition coordinator, by phone at 405.635.2768, or e-mail. Be sure to visit the OTC Facebook page for upcoming events and important information.
You can also access information about the OTC, presentations from previous Institutes (OTI), team plans, and a host of other resources relevant to secondary transition for youth with disabilities by visiting the University of Oklahoma Zarrow Center for Learning Enrichment.