The mission of DCDT is to promote national and international efforts to improve the quality of and access to, career/vocational and transition services, increase the participation of education in career development and transition goals and to influence policies affecting career development and transition services for persons with disabilities.
It is a great honor to be serving as the President of DCDT for the 2014-2015 term! I am looking forward to working with you and to continuing the exciting work that has been accomplished over the past several years to improve post school outcomes for students with disabilities.
I would like to begin by thanking Stacie Dojonovic, DCDT’s Immediate Past-President, for all of her work as President, and for her support, guidance and advice as I move into my new role. In addition, please join me in thanking Audrey Trainor, who was DCDT’s Immediate Past-President last year. Audrey served DCDT in various leadership roles for over a decade, and we are deeply appreciative of her many significant contributions.
I would like to welcome several new members to the DCDT board. Darlene Unger will be moving from the Treasurer position into the role of Vice-President. Deanne Unruh will join us as the Treasurer. John McNaught (Southeast Region) and Mary Pearson (Southwest Region) will be serving as Regional Representatives. Karrie Shogren joins us as the Chair of the Research Committee, and Tiana Povenmire-Kirk and Laurie Kahn Human Rights as the Cultural Diversity co-Chairs. I would also like to thank all of the other continuing board members, committee chairs, and committee members for their hard work and dedication to DCDT. Please know that there are numerous ways to get involved, and the organization relies on its members to advance our mission! Please feel free to contact me if you would like to work on a committee or become active in the leadership of the division. If you are in a state that does not have an active sub-division, please reach out to the appropriate regional representative (see www.dcdt.org). Several new sub-divisions became active during the past four years, and we are always looking to expand our work into other states.
We are looking forward to the upcoming 2014 International Conference – “Transition Rocks!” in Cleveland, Ohio, from November 6th – 8th. An impressive number of proposals were submitted, and in addition to traditional presentations, this year’s conference will also feature poster sessions. The local area committee and DCDT’s very own “Conference Queen”, Cindi Nixon are hard at work planning what promises to be a don’t miss event. Registration and hotel information are available now on the DCDT website (www.dcdt.org), so please be sure to register early. I hope to meet many of you in Cleveland.
If you have any ideas or comments about DCDT that you would like to share, or if you would like to become more involved, I encourage you to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Best wishes for a wonderful year, and thank you for all of your work that improves transition outcomes for students!