Working together to increase SUCCESSFUL student post-secondary transition outcomes through active interagency COLLABORATION
The Transition Alliance is in the business of forging new partnerships and the policies and procedures needed to improve transition post-school outcomes for youth with disabilities. TASC has helped to establish 61 local interagency transition teams. 58 of those teams were not in existence before the development of TASC. At both the state and local levels, education organizations and entities are collaborating in new and meaningful ways with VR, DDSN, Able SC, Family Connection, SC DD Council, South Carolina Department of Education and other community and adult service organizations.
The TASC website makes use of “domains” as a way to categorize and communicate the promising practices in secondary transition to employment in providing support to your local team. The domains include:
The Transition Alliance of South Carolina hosts an annual statewide conference. TASC also partners, presents and supports other state and national transition conferences. The Statewide Interagency Transition Conference recently held in Myrtle Beach was a great success. Hosted in conjunction with the National (DCDT) Transition Conference, this event offered strategic planning, state policy and program updates and opportunities to learn about local programs implementing research based practices.
In addition to on-site teaming training and localized training with our agency partners, the Transition Alliance of South Carolina also hosts exclusive trainings, information and networking space on the TASC website. These password-protected collaborative workspaces have downloadable resources and materials, as well as a networking component that allows workgroup partners to stay in touch, ask questions, and share comments, resources and strategies with one another.
TASC can support a local interagency team by making available follow-up consultation, training, technical assistance or the acquisition of materials and/or resources needed to accomplish the goals that are outlined on the PATH Plan.
Support from TASC also includes assistance in forming and cultivating interagency transition teams. We also provide other forms of team assistance, such as: needs assessment, strategic planning, leadership development, meeting facilitation, team membership development, conflict resolution, networking with other teams, as well as accessing our knowledge of resources and practices. The Center for Disability Resources has developed a teaming manual specific to the needs of South Carolina’s local interagency transition teams.