Other Projects


EnvisionIT New York

The Institute for Innovative Transition has received a grant from the Ohio State University EnvisionIT Program that will go toward implementing and sustaining the EnvisionIT web-based curriculum in New York State. This online high school curriculum teaches students skills in four core competency areas: information technology (IT) literacy, transition planning, financial literacy, and reading/writing. Despite the emphasis on higher academic standards and transition services, many students with disabilities continue to leave school lacking these skills. EnvisionIT, which was designed for inclusive classrooms will prepare students both with and without disabilities for successful completion of high school as well as help boost students’ college and career readiness skills. EnvisionIT, which is being tested in classrooms across Ohio and Michigan, is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Grants program.

For more information please contact:
Martha Mock, Ph.D., Principal Investigator
(585) 276-3363, mmock@warner.rochester.edu



Person-Centered Planning in the Foster Care System

The Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities and the Institute for Innovative Transition at the University of Rochester and Westchester Institute for Human Development have collaborated on the PCP in the Foster Care System funded by the New York Developmental Disabilities Planning Council.

The desired outcome of this project is to develop a long-term, sustainable plan for the use of person centered planning in the foster care system; increasing quality of life outcomes for youth with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD) served in the foster care system. This is an ambitious goal to be accomplished over a three-year span. Five areas (Westchester, Orange, Erie, Cattaraugus, Columbia, and the New York City Administration for Children’s Services) have been designated to participate in the initial project development.

A significant percentage of children in the New York foster care system are diagnosed with IDD. The estimated number nationally ranges from 28% to more than 50%. Unfortunately, these children with IDD often have the longest stays in the foster care system due to the complexity of their needs.

Person-Centered Planning (PCP) is a well-established methodology for helping and guiding youth with IDD towards goals for successful transition to adulthood while increasing their independence, self-determination, and quality of life. This makes PCP an excellent fit for the needs of the young people with IDD in foster care in New York State. We are very excited to collaborate with many other partners around the state to develop better supports and systems for youth with IDD in foster care.

For more information please contact:
Debbi Napolitano, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Principal Investigator, Associate Professor, Director of Child Well-Being
(585) 273-3315, deborah_napolitano@urmc.rochester.edu

East High School UR

The Institute for Innovative Transition is one of the partners in the East High Partnership Organization established by  the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester.

Past Projects

The B. Thomas Golisano Foundation brought Project SEARCH to the Greater Rochester Area with the Institute for Innovative Transition and Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities and provided the essential funding to develop the local partnerships. The NYS Developmental Disability Planning Council also provided funding for initial coordination development of Project SEARCH.

Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) currently serves as the statewide coordinator for Project SEARCH in New York State, and is funded by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. For more information  contact:

Susan Hetherington, Ph.D.

Project SEARCH  NYS Co-Director
Co-Director of Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities

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In the Driver’s Seat

In the Driver’s Seat is a project designed by Joyce Steel and Cindy Lill in partnership with the Institute for Innovative Transition, and funded by the Golisano Foundation. In the Driver’s Seat is designed to provide families and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities with valuable information to navigate self-directed supports and services.

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