NTDSE 807 TOTAL Team with Wizdom Education Presents TOTAL Project Results to Date at IARF/ICAN Transition Summit 2004

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Wizdom Education, the premiere source for special education planning and management software and services for school districts, educators and service providers will co-present the TOTAL Project results to date at the 2004 IARF/ICAN Transition Summit Presented in Cooperation with the IARF/ICAN, Illinois State Board of Education - Transition Outreach Training for Adult Living, and RSA Region V CRP-RCEP at Illinois, and the Family Support Network on October 20th 2004. Wizdom, as part of the Niles Township Department of Special Education TOTAL Team, was invited to display, to the more than 200 attendees of the summit, the past, present and future of the Niles Township District for Special Education #807 Student Transition to Adult Living Program.

Wizdom Education, the premiere source for special education planning and management software and services for school districts, educators and service providers will co-present the TOTAL Project results to date at the 2004 IARF/ICAN Transition Summit Presented in Cooperation with the IARF/ICAN, Illinois State Board of Education - Transition Outreach Training for Adult Living, and RSA Region V CRP-RCEP at Illinois, and the Family Support Network on October 20th 2004. Wizdom, as part of the Niles Township Department of Special Education TOTAL Team, was invited to display, to the more than 200 attendees of the summit, the past, present and future of the Niles Township District for Special Education #807 Student Transition to Adult Living Program.

RSA Region V CRP-RCEP provides training, technical assistance, and information dissemination to a wide range of Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRPs) and personnel to facilitate integrated employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities.

IARF/ICAN is the Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Facilities/Illinois Communities in Action Now, Inc. This event will be their 29th Annual Conference & Trade Show and their second with the Transition Summit. This will be the second summit to have such a collaboration and sharing of financial resources to attempt to assure inclusion of various stakeholders in the transition process. It will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Springfield, IL. Last year’s Summit was sold out with hundreds on the waiting list for registration.

A goal of the TOTAL Project is to train special education case managers in the four core ‘Transition Best Practice’ areas identified 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 Wizdom TransPlanner! web based software automates this process.

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 dynamic 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.

“This conference will allow the Team to showcase and dessiminate our ideas among the initial 20 school districts selected in the TOTAL program,” said Philip J. Vitkus, Wizdom Education Director of Instructional Services.

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 special education products and services include:

•LiveIEP! - An IEP program that puts the power of the web into the hands of the IEP Team and allows work without depending upon network availability.

•TransPlanner!, helps the IEP Team bridge the gap that often exists between schools and community service providers.

•EducationLive! 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.

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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