Over 60 families attended this year’s Transition Information Night for young adults with special needs, making it a great success! The transition fair takes place every other year and is sponsored by the City of Pleasanton, the Alameda County Developmental Disabilities Council, REACH and the Pleasanton USD WorkAbility Program.
While the primary focus of the event is on the transition age of young adults between 16 and 22, the resources are available to all who want to gather information regarding support services available for those with developmental disabilities. One parent shared, “Although my daughter is only 16, I feel it is never too early to begin looking at the options and resources available now. At some point, she will want to be living on her own and as a parent, I need to plan for that.”
A presentation, “Day Program Options” was offered twice during the evening, with an audience question and answer period following each. The following organizations were on the panel:
Melanie Fowler – Regional Center of the East Bay
Angelique Goldberg – Tri Valley Garden Programs
Hester Wagner – Inclusion Films
Sheri Artis – Social Vocational Services
Denise Watson – Vocational Flight Resources
Bill Pelter & Leslie Werosh – Cerebral Palsy Center
Sandi Soliday – Alameda County Developmental Disabilities Coordinator
Gina Gourley, who has over 25 years working in special education, shared her knowledge and expertise in overcoming challenges of youth with disabilities transitioning out of high school in her presention called, “Ready, Set …. Transition”.
Representatives from 25 agencies, who provide post high school services such as independent and supported living services, social/recreation programs transportation/paratransit, self-advocacy support, as well as on conservatorship, special needs trusts and benefits counseling, were on hand to share information about their programs and answer any questions.
Tri-Valley Transition Resource Guide: click here