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 an honor to be your new 2011-2012 DCDT President. I would like to welcome all new and longtime members to an exciting year for DCDT. I’d like to thank the two past presidents who provided tremendous support to me during my time learning the ropes (Dale Matusevich and Dalun Zhang). As many of us long timers know, since it’s inception over 35 years ago, DCDT have maintained a national presence as a dynamic organization promoting effective policies and practices in transition. Because of the diversity of our membership, from national researchers and policymakers, to frontline practitioners, our organization has been able to touch the lives of students and families. For these reasons, DCDT has maintained a record of commitment and enthusiasm for fostering innovation. Our goals for this year will help maintain our track record of achievement and impact.
We will continue to strengthen our partnerships with the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center, which will be collaborating with DCDT during their October 12th Mid-Year Check and Connect Transition Planning Institute in Kansas City. Our collaboration with the IDEA Partnership’s National Community of Practice on Transition supports a Young Adult Representative who has leadership experiences. This partnership allows DCDT to have at the table the voice of youth with disabilities when we set policies and new directions. Currently, we are looking for a young adult to serve in this capacity, so please forward any nominations for this position to me! Our long-standing relationship with the Vocational Evaluation and Career Assessment Professionals (VECAP) is at a critical juncture for both organizations. Finding ways to promote effective and student-centered vocational and transition assessment processes is an important job for both organizations. We look forward to deepening this relationship over the next several years. Finally, our newest partnership with Easter Seals Project Action helps promote accessible community transportation for all.
All of the DCDT committees and issue groups are always looking for members to help out, so if you are interested in joining a DCDT committee, please check the website and contact a committee chair or representative. Our next Regional Workshop will be in Denver Colorado in October, 2012, so keep those date open. These smaller regional workshops are an outstanding way to learn and continue to expand your skills and knowledge.
In closing, I would like to extend DCDT’s appreciation to our outgoing appointed and elected board members, including Beth Swedeen, Parent Representative, Paul Fogle, Youth Representative, Stacie Dojonovic, Transition Assessment/Vocational Evaluation representative and Dale Matusevich Past President.
I would like to extend a warm welcome to our new incoming Board members: Stacie Dojonovic was recently elected to our Executive board as the Vice-President. Stacie is a Transition Coordinator in the Fox Chapel Area High School in Pittsburgh, PA. Ryan Kellems will serve as our Webmaster. Ryan is employed at the University of Oregon, at the National Postschool Outcomes Center. Meg Grigal will be our newsletter Editor. Meg co-directs Think College at the ICI at UMASS, Boston. Judy Imperatore will be serving as the new Transition Assessment/Vocational Evaluation Representative. She has been working as a vocational evaluator and transition consultant in New England. Michelle Doty has been appointed to serve as the Parent Representative, and is from Idaho and works for Lewis and Clark State College. We are very excited about our new appointments and believe all will help move DCDT in new and exciting directions!
DCDT President 2011–2012