Transition Outreach Training for Adult Living (TOTAL) Project Wizdom works with TOTAL Project Team from Niles Township

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Naperville IL, September 23, 2003 - Wizdom Education, a premiere source for special education planning and management for school districts, educators and service providers, announced today the progress of its TOTAL project Team headed by Dr. Melinda Remaly. The TOTAL project consists of training and technical assistance to 20 transition teams from local education agencies or joint agreements on implementation of four core best practices in secondary transition. TOTAL is funded by a Grant from the Illinois State Board of Education. The Wizdom TOTAL project Team includes: Melinda Remaly, Camille Mayhall, Nancy Otter (all of NTDSE 807), Jose (a graduating student from NTDSE 807), Donna Garfield (Center for Enriched Living, and Phil Vitkus of Wizdom Education.

Wizdom Education, a premiere source for special education planning and management for school districts, educators and service providers, announced today the progress of its TOTAL project Team headed by Dr. Melinda Remaly. The TOTAL project consists of training and technical assistance to 20 transition teams from local education agencies or joint agreements on implementation of four core best practices in secondary transition. TOTAL is funded by a Grant from the Illinois State Board of Education.

The Wizdom TOTAL project Team includes: Melinda Remaly, Camille Mayhall, Nancy Otter (all of NTDSE 807), Jose (a graduating student from NTDSE 807), Donna Garfield (Center for Enriched Living, and Phil Vitkus of Wizdom Education.

A goal of the TOTAL Project is to train in the four core ‘best practice’ areas, which have been determined as:

1    Understanding and Meeting State and Federal Transition Mandates,

2    Person-Centered Transition Planning,

3    Promoting Student Self Determination,

4    Transition as the Centerpiece of the Individualized Education Plan.

“The TOTAL project confirmed that we are doing the right things for a lot of our students right now. We brought Wizdom into the picture to help us achieve our vision for the future – the TransPlanner! is our vision for the future.” said, Melinda Remaly, Ph.D, Transition Specialist Niles Township District for Special Education.

The Wizdom TransPlanner helps students with disabilities, their parents, and case managers effectively plan the transition from school to life after graduation. Via the internet/intranet through all phases of transition planning, TransPlanner automatically develops active Individual Transition Plans (ITP) for students with disabilities.The Illinois Continuous Improvement Plan for Special Education, which TOTAL supports, places great emphasis on secondary transition outcomes for students with disabilities, including increased rates of graduation, employment and enrollment in post-secondary education or training.

According to Camille Mayhall, M. S., CRC, Transition Specialist/Supervisor, Department of Human Services, Office of Rehabilitation, Niles Township High Schools, “The Office of Rehabilitation Services has just laid out our mission. We will return to serving students with the greatest needs, and the TransPlanner!, along with the TOTAL best practices, will help us meet the needs of more and more students.”

“The response from those who are taking advantage of the hands-on demonstrations is outstanding,” said Philip J. Vitkus, Wizdom Director of Instructional Services. “Getting information about available, services, and helping students with disabilities and their parents create the best plans for the future and get the best results is what we are all about. And those who understand transition planning really “get it” – they can see how using the TransPlanner! will help get the best results.”

Niles NTDSE 807 is a school district that has a history of providing excellent transition services and establishing a network among community service providers. Wizdom is pleased to help NTDSE 807 to the next level, ensuring effective and efficient transition planning, resulting in the best post-high school outcomes possible for the students NTDSE 807 serves.

About Wizdom Education.

Wizdom Education is a Division of Wizdom Systems, a Naperville, Illinois based company that has been providing government and corporate clients with business process reengineering, instructional design, and special education software and services since 1986. Wizdom’s host of special education products and services include:

·    LiveIEP!- an easy-to-use IEP program that puts the power of the web into the hands of special education case managers, and lets case managers and other school staff do work without depending upon network availability.

·    TransPlanner!, developed with funding from the U.S. Department of Education - helps students with disabilities, their case managers, and their parents do effective transition planning, and bridge the gap that often exists between schools and community service providers.

·    EducationLive! is a web service that allows school and community service providers to self maintain and broadcast their specific services to the public and to their school and community customers automatically.

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For more information about Wizdom Education, please call 630-357-3000, visit the Wizdom Education Website at http://www.wizdomeducation.com, or email Robin Davies (robind@wizdom.com).

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