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EC Secondary Transition: 

This collaborative group of staff and parents was tasked with researching models to improve transition services for our more significantly disabled population, the Adaptive Curriculum (AC) Students, and then, eventually to include the OCS Students. Co-chairs of this group: Adela van Name and Lisa Kaylie.

Next Steps:

  • Repopulating work group with new members to continue work to support ongoing EC transition efforts in the CHCCS school district. SNAC General Education group is interested in partnering with this endeavor.

  • Explore the opportunity to bring TEACCH’s T-Step* program into the next TRAC proposal. This would help complete the original TRAC mission to serve all EC HS students and to expand beyond serving only OCS and AC students.

*The TEACCH School Transition to Employment and Post Secondary Education Program (T-Step) was developed to support transition to employment and/or post secondary education settings for adolescents and your adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder who have received a standard course  of study high school diploma. 

 EC General Education/Curriculum:

The focus of this group is on EC students who are in general education/curriculum classes. The lead of this workgroup is Mary Berridge.

  • Mainstreamed students may not be getting as much direct instruction in their areas of disability

    • This is especially true in the middle and high schools, where students can't be pulled out of classes as easily as when they were in elementary school.  

    • Academically capable students have even lower rates of enrollment in post-secondary education and less favorable employment outcomes than peers with most other types of disabilities.

  • Our group has identified several areas of instruction that need reinforcement.These skills are especially important for successful transition to post-secondary education and/or employment.

    • social skills

    • executive functioning

    • independent living skills

    • emotional regulation and self-advocacy

Next Steps:

  • Work with the CHCCS transition team to expand TRAC (Transition Ready Agency Collaborative) transition support to all students and include the general education EC students.

  • Collaborate with the district on TEACCH T-STEP* program and other transition endeavors.

  • Other areas our work group has focused on and will be focusing on are: supporting inclusion, co-teaching, EC training for general education teachers and greater use of IEP snapshots (including for Specials teachers).

Adapted Curriculum (AC):

The goal is to improve communication between AC classrooms and parents, support ambitious academics, support teachers, be a resource for parents and encourage more school principal involvement. To bring consistency in basic checklist of supplies and curriculum to all AC classrooms. The lead of this workgroup is Marisa Kathard.


  • Meeting with EC leadership throughout the year to discuss areas needing improvement in the AC classrooms.

  • Meeting as AC workgroup and invited AC teachers to last 2 meetings and sharing minutes on an email listserve.

  • Parent support group: coffee on the 2nd Wednesday of the month for 3 years.

  • FB page: Parents of SL students in CHCCS

  • Provided student support in swimming and bowling programs.

Next Steps:

  • AC Teacher Retention: Support our teachers and teaching assistants

  • Literacy programs in AC classroom

Twice Exceptional (2e):

The goals are to increase knowledge of the unique needs and characteristics of twice exceptional (2e) students in order to ensure appropriate services and increase access to challenging coursework. Twice exceptional (2e) individuals evidence exceptional ability and disability, which results in a unique set of circumstances. The lead of this workgroup is Alexandra Bokinsky. Activities:

Parent to Parent 
  • Judgement Free Zone 
  • Coffee Chats
  • Parenting Discussions 
  • School Support 
  • Book Clubs
Kid to Kid
  • Social Groups 
  • Outings 
  • Game Nights 
  • Mentors 
  • Climbing Club

      If you are interested in participating in these working groups, please email for more info.