Footsteps to Transition Fair 2017
The Sixth Annual “Footsteps to Transition Fair 2017,” was hosted by the Department of Education, Windward District on Saturday, October 21st from 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at Windward Community College. This annual event is a free informational fair designed to provide our youth with special needs and their families post-secondary supports and services in education, employment, recreation and social opportunities offered in their community.
The annual Footsteps to Transition Fair provides families with the opportunity to visit exhibits and “talk story” with a variety of state and private agencies. Our event co-sponsors include: The Arc in Hawaii, Best Buddies Hawaii, Community Children’s Council, Department of Education, Department of Health: Children with Special Health Needs Branch, Department of Health: Developmental Disabilities Division, Hawaii State Council on Developmental Disabilities, Hilopa’a Family to Family Health Information Center, Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities, Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, and Special Parent Information Network (SPIN).
This year, we were pleased to announce that our keynote speaker was Leolinda Parlin of Hilopa’a Family to Family Health Information Center. As a recognized leader for her work in curriculum development, Medicaid, and government financed programs, Ms. Parlin was able to provide attendees with vital information on navigating through the complex transition process. Additionally, former students with special needs shared their transition experiences and discussed the supports and services that encouraged them to pursue their long term goals.