Fair to focus on transitions for special needs students - October 12, 2005

Record Number: 1802
Displayed from: Oct 12, 2005 , until: Oct 18, 2005

Come one, come all! It’s the 12th annual Community Career and Transition Fair set for Oct. 18 and aimed at providing information that will be valuable to special education students as they move through the transition from school to adult life. More than 200 parents and students attended the event last year, which featured one session. This year there will be morning and afternoon times both are open to the public. The theme is “Live, Learn, Work, Play Transition to Real Life.” Sessions are from 9 a.m. to noon and from 4-8 p.m. at Brown Mackie College, located at the corner of Coliseum Boulevard and Hobson Road. There will be numerous hands-on activities for students, including blood pressure and weight screenings. Students who are old enough can also register to vote. Also on hand will be adults who have successfully made the transition from school to independence who will be providing advice to visitors about to embark on the same journey. Parents may check on the newest benefit options available and students can find out what it takes to go to college and/or obtain employment. Students will have an opportunity to talk to local legislators, too! “Our goal is to educate students and their families on how the community can help them adjust to life after school,” said Diane Webb, co-chairperson and a member of the Advisory Board of Anthis Career Center’s Community Work Skills Department which is sponsoring the event. How to be a good citizen, help finding employment and information to help make independent living become a reality will be available at the event. And, from 6-7 p.m., there will be a panel discussion featuring officials from the Bureau of Developmental Disabilities, Medicare, Social Security, Vocational Rehabilitation, Indiana Works and Indiana Parent Information Network. Parking is free and the building is handicapped accessible. For information, contact Diane Webb at 481-2700, ext. 2499. NOTE TO MEDIA: You are welcome to come to either session. There will be many activities taking place. Ask for Diane Webb and she will assist you.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.