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The Boston Special Education Transition Project:  B-SET
 
 

B-SET for Career, College & Community

The goal for this project is to increase employment, education, career and independent living opportunities for young people with disabilities in Boston.

These are project’s objectives:

  • Increase community awareness and knowledge – among youth, parents and community organizations – of the transition rights and strategies for students under the special education law and of ways to empower parents and youth to participate in the transition process.
  • Improve transition planning and services for Boston students with disabilities age 14-22 so they will stay in school and exit special education prepared for further education, employment, and independent living.
  • Provide opportunities for Boston students with disabilities to more fully integrate into the mainstream of career and workforce development opportunities.

There are over 4,300 youth ages 14-22 who receive special education supports and/or services in Boston public schools (BPS or charter schools). Successful transition would engage Boston students and their parents through the special education IEP team process in developing a vision and specific goals for the future based on raised expectations; provide the supports needed to carry out that plan; link students to the resources for career, guidance, academic and workforce development available in their schools and community; and result in each student achieving individualized goals so they are best positioned to succeed in their post-secondary path to employment and independent living.

It is critical to improve transition planning and services for Boston’s youth with disabilities, as they have significantly lower graduation rates and higher dropout rates. The poverty rate for adults with disabilities in Massachusetts is four times those without disabilities, and only 37% of adults with disabilities participate in the workforce (work full or part time) compared to 82% of people without disabilities*. These are major issues for many districts in the state and nationwide. The Boston Public Schools recognizes this need, and has prioritized addressing transition opportunities for the city’s youth with disabilities.

This project is funded in part by the Boston Foundation and the J.E & Z.B. Butler Foundation.

*The Massachusetts Disability Employment Initiative, Plan to Maximize Employment for People with Disabilities in MA, February 2009, pp. 5-6

Important Survey - Boston Students with disabilities ages 13 - 22

To: BOSTON Parents, Boston Youth, Service Providers, Educators & other Boston Community Leaders

The Boston Special Education Transition (B-SET) Project of Massachusetts Advocates for Children is conducting a survey to determine how we can best help Boston’s transition age youth with disabilities, age 13-22, be successful while still in school and ensure that they can live, work, and/or attend post-secondary school successfully and as independently as possible when they exit special education in Boston. We hope the survey can help identify any barriers or problems with transition services that families may be experiencing and help to prioritize the needs for the school system to address. If you have any questions regarding the survey please contact Johanne Pino at jpino@massadvocates.org or call her at 617-357-8431 x 234.

Please click the link below that corresponds with your native language to be taken to the survey:

            
Online Survey Download hard copy Notice
English
Survey Word document - hard copy 
Survey letter  
Spanish;   
Survey Word document - hard copy
Survey letter
Vietnamese;
Survey Word Document - hard copy 
Survey letter
French;   
Survey Word Document - hard copy
Survey letter
Haitian Creole; 
Survey Word Document - hard copy 
Survey letter

 


Transition Workshop Series for Boston Parents:

Partnering with the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester, we are pleased to bring you a unique parent workshop series designed to help you learn how youth with disabilities ages 13 - 22 can use special education to create success!

Click the links below to access the informational flyers. They are available in the following languages: (all flyers are in MS Word format)

English; Spanish; Vietnamese; French; Haitian Creole


B-Set Publications:

Boston Special Education Transition Project Brochure

Boston Special Education Transition Project Brochure - in Spanish

Boston Special Education Transition Project Brochure - in Haitian Creole

Boston Special Education Transition Project Brochure - in Vietnamese

Boston Special Education Transition Project Brochure - in French

Sample Transition Assessment Request Letters (all letters are in MS Word format)

please select from one of the languages below:

English; Spanish; Vietnamese; French; Haitian Creole

Special Education Transition Timeline

please select from one of the languages below:

English; Spanish; French; Haitian Creole; Vietnamese

 

 

 

 

 
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