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Join Us for Post Secondary Transition in the IEP

 Thu, Mar 11, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM MST

Life is full of transitions, and one of the more remarkable ones occurs when we get ready to leave high school and go out in the world as young adults. When the student has a disability, it is especially helpful to plan ahead for that transition. Join us when Dale Kimmet, Montana Office of Public Instruction talks about that post secondary transition IEP.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Register for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Tuesdays Webinar Series

In observance of Brain Injury Awareness Month this year and in lieu of the Administration for Community Living’s annual in-person Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Stakeholder Day, we are hosting virtual TBI Tuesdays (1:00 - 4 pm ET) during the months of March and April.

With an overarching focus on equity, each TBI Tuesday session will highlight the work of the TBI State Partnership Program grantee workgroups and their resources for stakeholders, federal partners, and will involve individuals with brain injury. We have structured each TBI Tuesday session to include panel discussions, question and answer sessions, and generous breaks in between. More information about each session and how to register is provided below.

Each TBI Tuesday session will be live-captioned and ASL-interpreted. If you require additional accommodations to participate or if you have any questions about the sessions, please do not hesitate to contact

March 9, 2021, 1:00 - 4:00 pm ET

Outreach to All: Brain Injury within Underserved Populations

The kickoff TBI Tuesday session will focus on Underserved Populations. Reyma McCoy-McDeid, the newly appointed Commissioner of ACL's Administration on Disabilities will provide opening remarks. Two TBI State Partnership Program state grantees (Oregon and West Virginia) will introduce the Rural Outreach Toolkit and a person with TBI will share their outreach experience. We’ll also hear from our federal partner from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (invited) regarding rural and frontier populations. After the break and during the facilitated discussion, attendees will engage with session speakers regarding feedback on the Rural Outreach Toolkit, and two individuals with a TBI from the TBI Advisory and Leadership Group (TAL-Group) will share their personal experiences and discuss engagement and cultural competency practices for underserved populations.



Honor those who are there working along-side you!


Montana Council for Exceptional Children Leadership 2021 Awards


Do you know of a leader (any staff member) who has positively impacted the professional life of a paraeducator, someone who includes paraeducators as part of the professional learning team; someone who promotes a culture of collaboration on behalf of students? Now is your chance to nominate this outstanding person for Leadership Award.


Regional CSPD Awards 2021



Paraprofessional/Teacher Team of the Year

Do you know an eager, earnest, effective, efficient, encouraging enthusiastic paraeducator/teacher team who every day endeavors to enrich their students’ lives? (A Paraeducator/Teacher Team should include at least one paraeducator and at least one certified staff member.)

Paraeducator of the Year Award

Do you know of a PARAEDUCATOR who is as dependable, determined, brave, inspiring, committed? Maybe someone with all of the above and a heart as big as the mountains.

Nomination Deadline:  March 15, 2021



Students with disabilities are learning to advocate for themselves. But advocating for one's self takes practice. The youth you work with may find it instructive to hear tips from other students with disabilities who have learned to advocate for themselves in high school, at work, and at college. Connect them with PACER's collection of short videos so they can hear what their peers have to say.

My IEP Owner's Manual for Transition-Age Students

The "Advocating for Myself" page (just mentioned) also includes a wide range of written materials for youth, such as the IEP Owner's Manual. Youth can use the manual to learn about the different parts of their IEP that will help them succeed in their plans for life after high school.

Our Staff is available for you.   

Rebecca Richards - Executive Director

Jean Schroeder - Parent Training Information Center Coordinator

Tom Lynaugh - Parent Training Information Center Outreach Family Liaison

Sandy Taylor - Parent Training Information Center Outreach Family Liaison

Laura McKee - Parent Training Information Center Outreach Family Liaison
Call us today!



The contents of this newsletter is developed under grants from the US Department of Education, #H328M200081. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the US Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. Project Officer, David Emenheiser
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