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Parents, Teachers and Advocates Meet to Learn New Ways to Help Teens with Different Abilities


Easy-to-use Transition Timeline™ Workbook, Planning for a Successful Transition to Adulthood.



HOLYOKE, Mass. -- October 18, 2017 -- The Bureau for Exceptional Children and Adults (BECA) at Jericho again welcomes professionals working with teens who access Special Education and their parents for the 4th Annual TRANSITION SUMMIT on Thursday November 2, 2017 from 9am to 3pm. The event is held at the Jericho Celebration Center, 537 Northampton St. (Rte. 5), Holyoke, MA 10140.


The summit has been carefully crafted to learn how to take advantage of the extensive services and program options during this crucial time of preparation for the future success of students.


This well-recognized and acclaimed event presents the easy-to-use and effective Transition Timeline™, a comprehensive plan for both professionals who work with, and parents of students aged 14-22.  Created by Program Director Linda LaPointe, this workbook gives detailed steps to identify and address both strengths and areas of improvement for students. Using this data, the entire team working with the student are able to create tools that address instruction for specific areas of need and how to teach models to improve performance.


Many professions make it a point to return each year as the Transition Timeline™ process has improved their ability to serve the growing number of students accessing special education.  “The Summit gave me a real process to create appropriate steps for all of the students with whom I work,” shared board member Tina Edwards.  “I am able to create ways to further develop those strengths and work-arounds so that all are more independent and successful as an adult.” Participants will leave with a plan that actually addresses the needs of 14-21 year old students.


Registration is online at  The Transition Summit is $30 and includes the workbook, breakfast and lunch.  Scholarships are available. For information call 413-538-7450 . Registration and breakfast: 8:30AM; Workshop: 9:00AM – 3:00PM.



JERICHO – The Bureau for Exceptional Children & Adults is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in the late 1960's by Father Robert F. Wagner and Sr. Joan Magnani, SSJ.  Religious education classes and services for people with special needs in Western Massachusetts was a critical need. Fast forward to the 2010's and JERICHO is addressing a new critical need in the area, that of transitional information resources for differently-abled teens and young adults as they journey to a successful adulthood.


The organization moved to its present location of 537 Northampton St, Holyoke, MA in the late 1970's. As the congregation grew, so did the programs and services. JERICHO began offering a wide range of activities for people with disabilities, their families, friends, and advocates. Over the years, JERICHO has offered people with disabilities: theater training, employment training, square dances, pilgrimages, and religious education.  Our mission is to bring dignity, respect, and wholeness into the lives of people living with disabilities and their families, and to fully integrate all people with disabilities into society.

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Dawn Cadigan, Office Manager; 413-538-7450, ext 107,