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Transition Talks Tuesdays:
Successfully Moving Forward


Transition Talks Tuesdays — Vernon and Crawford Counties

Large blue suspension bridge made out of legos with two lego construction workers figures and one lego supergirl figure standing on the bridgeTransition has many pieces! Learn about what those pieces are and how you can stay a step ahead so your student can be successful. All Transition Talks Tuesdays will be recorded and resource sheets will be made based on the recording. You can come back to this page to access the recordings.

Transition Talks Tuesdays is a partnership with the Vernon and Crawford Counties Communities on Transition and the Southern Regional Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs.



Learn more about the Partners who work together on the Vernon County Community on Transition. We are here to help you successfully transition to adulthood. We are schools, employment support agencies, families, self-advocates, employers, health organizations, benefits support agencies and more! You are welcome to join us! If you would like to find out how to become involved, email Hannah Altimus at

Western Wisconsin Workforce Development Board


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Getting Help as an Adult: Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) 

Learn what services the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) provides. The ADRC has been called the “gatekeeper” to adult programs. Find out when, why and how you will need to connect with them. We will be joined by Amy Eastlick, Disability Benefits Counselor from Crawford County ADRC.

February 21, 2023   Recording   Resource Sheet   Slides

Supported Decision Making booklet coverSupportive Decision Making and Guardianship

There are alternatives to guardianship. Supported decision-making empowers individuals with disabilities to make informed decisions about their life that protect their rights and ensure their safety and privacy. It involves family and friends working together to help them make complex decisions. Presented by Tami Jackson, Public Policy Analyst and Legislative Liaison for the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD)

February 28, 2023   Recording   Resource Sheet   Slides

Higher Education Options: What do I Need to Know?

Some of our students want to go to school after high school. But should they choose a 4-year college, 2-year college, technical college? How can they get the supports they need to succeed? Come learn about some of the options and some of the supports if a student wants to go to college. We will be joined by Kris Follansbee from Western Technical College and Chris Bowers from Southwest Technical College.

March 14, 2023   Recording   Resource Sheet   Slides

Special Needs Financial Planning

Have you been searching for special needs financial planning help? Not many people that can answer your families’ specific questions? Families need help with the financial planning for income, health care, assets, and housing. Join us for a discussion on Special Needs Financial planning to see how to begin your child’s planning and how your own planning is just as important. Presented by Joel Dettwiler, ChSNC®, a financial planner and Special Needs Planning Consultant with the Quantum Group, in Onalaska, WI. Joel works with families throughout Wisconsin & the Midwest in the areas of Family Financial Planning, Social Security, Medicaid, ABLE Accounts, Special Needs Trusts, and Letters of Intent.

March 21, 2023   Recording   Resource Sheet   Slides

Health Care Changes Too! Bridging the Gap from Adolescent to Adult Healthcare

As we look ahead to our students/children turning 18, we need to keep an eye on health care. What steps need to be taken to move into the world of adult health care? What skills can be taught (even in middle school)? How can we tell what a student needs to know? Tim Markle from the Southern Regional Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs and the Wisconsin Youth Health Transition Initiative, and his young adult son Hunter, will be our presenters.

March 28, 2023   Recording   Resource Sheet   Slides

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Ready to Work: Finding and Keeping Integrated Employment

Students can and should connect with the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) while they are in school. Come and learn how DVR and Vocational Agencies support students in preparing to work, finding work and supporting them at work. 

April 4, 2023   Recording   Resource Sheet   Slides