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​nassau County

Herricks Comunity Ctr.

999 Herricks Road

New Hyde Park, NY 11040

Phone: 516.248.2222 

Fax: 516.248.2290

Suffolk County

490 Wheeler Road

Suite 165 C

Hauppauge, NY 11788

Phone: 631.234.0467

Fax: 631.234.4069

Nassau: 516.248.2222  

Suffolk:  631.234.0467


The Long Island Advocacy Center, Inc. (THE LIAC) is a private non-for-profit agency dedicated to
protecting the legal rights of students and individuals with disabilities 


The Transition to Employment Curriculum Guide is designed to assist families of individuals wiht disabilities on the journey to meaningful employment

Accompanying Handouts and Resources 

MODULE 4: 2 hrs 10 min
New York State Diploma Options

Abja Midha, Projects Director Advocates for Children, NYC
Transition/Self Determination - HOW DO WE GET THERE?
Helene Fallon, Project Director, Long Island Parent Center, Center for Community Inclusion; LIU Funded by NYSED; Long Island Advocacy Center, Region 1 NY Collaborative Parent Training Information Center, Funded by USDOE/OSEP

This Transition to Employment Training and Curriculum guide was made possible with a grant from the NYS Transition Partners Rehabilitative Services Administration (RSA) Parent Training and Information.  NYS Transition Partners is a collaboration of Starbridge, the Parent Network of Western New York, and INCLUDEnyc.

Many thanks to Farmingdale Public Library for hosting our event. 

MODULE 2:  2 hrs 10 min
Calhoun H.S. Employment Training Program (ETP) and the Transition Timeline
Cheryl Gitlitz, District Wide Transition Coordinator, Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District
Work Study/Department of Labor Programs
Birgit Martino, Transition Coordinator, Middle Country School District
Mental Health and Rehabilitation Counselors Transition Support Services and Post Graduate Students’ Field Work and Job Experiences
Dr. Andrea Nerlich, Associate Professor, Rehabilitation Counseling Programs Hofstra University
Deborah Cichon, Transition Coordinator, Woodward Children’s Center
Kerri Ditzel, VR Counselor, ACCES-VR-Hauppauge

Guiding Your Teen through Transition from School to Adult Life
Mary Korpi, Transition Coordinator, Nassau BOCES

MODULE 1:  2 hrs 15 min
Who, What, Where When and Why of Transition and Work Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
Barbara Morell, Grants Manager, Benefits Consultant, Trainer, Long Island Advocacy Center
Career Development and Occupational Studies Commencement Credential (CDOS)
Cathy Pantelides, Administrative Coordinator for Transition, Long Island RSE-TASC

MODULE 3:  2 hrs 15 min
Youth Orientation to Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Laura Hartmann, Senior VR Counselor (TAYS), ACCES-VR Suffolk (Hauppauge)
The ACCES-VR Process and A Parent’s Role in Vocational Success
David Comunale, Senior VR Counselor, ACCES-VR Nassau (Garden City)
Transition to Employment:   ·  The College Path    ·    The Employment Path
Dr. Jamie Mitus, Program Director, Rehabilitation Counseling Programs

(VR Counselors), Hofstra University Erika Serrago, Student Dana Caraballo, Student

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