One of my morning sessions was about video modeling to teach transition skills. This is a strategy that has been on my radar for a while but I just haven't ever actually implemented it. I really feel like I need to now. They shared so many good ideas of skills that can be taught this way and ways to use it to fade job coach supports. On top of that, how normal is it for teens and young adults to access a cell phone or iPod out in the community? What a great way to normalize the supports that they do continue to need!
The CEC Exhibit Hall was also wonderful! I spent over an hour walking the aisles and gathering information and freebies from all the vendors. Between books and supplies and universities and school districts and software and the amazing Jenny Unrein, a former Yes I Can recipient who was selling her JennyLU Designs artwork and Stevie Hopkins selling his wheechair heart emblazoned clothing at 3E Love, there is something for everyone! I managed to only spend $40!
After a quick lunch I was a presenter at the Student Forum. As a CEC Reality 101 blogger, I was there as a resource for students as someone who was in their shoes as a new professional not too long ago! I spoke with undergraduate and graduate students about my path and experiences and encouraged them to know what they are interested in within special education but to be open to other opportunities as well because you just never know where you'll thrive and discover your passion!
My final stop on the last afternoon was a session on successful transition for students with ASD, which is one of the "strands" for the convention. All I have to say about that is…
Adrien + Dr. Michael Wehmeyer + Transition = Really happy, nerding-out blogger 🙂
Pictures to follow!