More than 525 individuals interested in issues related to secondary and
postsecondary education and transition of youth with disabilities met in
Washington, DC, June 14-15, 2005, for the second National Leadership
Summit on Improving Results: Policy and Practice Implications for Secondary
and Postsecondary Education, Transition, and Workforce Development for Youth
with Disabilities. The two-day Summit brought together the perspectives
of educational administrators, youth with disabilities, parents, employers,
workforce development professionals, disability service providers, advocates,
policymakers, researchers, and other stakeholders.
Throughout the Summit, 50 teams representing 46 states, the District of
Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands, Pacific Rim entities, and the U.S. Bureau
of Indian Affairs (herein referred to as “Leadership Teams”)
met in dialogue sessions to develop or refine strategic action plans for
improving outcomes for youth with disabilities. The process for developing
the state strategic action plans was framed around the recently released
National Standards for Secondary Education and Transition for All Youth,
developed by the National Alliance for Secondary Education and Transition
(NASET). The National Standards include standards and quality indicators
in five framing areas:
- Career preparatory experiences
- Youth development and youth leadership
- Family involvement
- Connecting activities
A facilitator guided each team’s planning process, and a recorder
helped document the team’s discussion and decisions. To stimulate
ideas and garner advice, the Leadership Teams also had the opportunity to
attend presentations by 45 national, state, and local experts and to meet
with content experts individually during their team planning.
The 2005 National Leadership Summit participants also benefited from plenary
- Welcome remarks by Dr. Troy Justesen, Acting Deputy Assistant
Secretary, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services,
U.S. Department of Education, and Pam Mazerski, Associate Commissioner,
Office of Program Development and Research, U.S. Social Security
- A keynote address by Dr. Harold Hodgkinson, Senior Fellow,
Institute for Educational Leadership.
- A panel discussion by four inspiring young people with disabilities.
- Remarks by Dr. Roy Grizzard, Assistant Secretary, Office of
Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor, and Dr.
Susan Sclafani, Assistant Secretary, Office of Vocational and
Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education.
At the conclusion of the Summit, common priority issues were identified
by region, which were presented during the final plenary session.
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The Summit was followed by:
Rehabilitation Transition Conference:
From Roots to Wings
- Guiding Youth With Disabilities to Employment
16 - 17, 2005
Capital Hilton Hotel