In February of 2007, the Jefferson County Developmental Disabilities Program brought together many partners to discuss low employment outcomes for Jefferson County students with disabilities. During the initial meeting it became apparent there were few opportunities for students to learn job skills at school and to have real work experiences in the community for future vocational planning. So, the Jefferson County Developmental Disabilities Program established a local Transition Network group.
The Jefferson County Transition Network is made up of High School District personnel, employment providers, County Developmental Disabilities, Division of Developmental Disabilities and Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Work Source, parent organizations, parents, and other interested community members. Other Partners we have invited and would like to see as regular participants are students, employers, Work Source Center, community colleges, self-advocacy groups, employers, transportation, training and technical assistance providers or other partners vital to the community's collaborative effort to secure jobs for young adults with developmental disabilities.
We will develop opportunities through community collaboration that support the transition of youth into becoming active participants in their community.
The mission statement of the Transition Network reflects the belief that we owe it to our community to see students with learning disabilities as the successful, productive, working neighbors that they are; and we owe it to the students to see themselves as contributing members to a community that also belongs to them.