Another successful year for King County’s Annual Transition Resource Fairs 

Shared from the DCHS Touching Base Newsletter 

Attendees had the opportunity to meet employment providers to learn about their services and supports for School-to-Work students.

The Department of Community and Humans Services’ Developmental Disabilities Division (DDD) sponsored its 10th Annual Transition Resource Fairs on March 11 and March 14 this year. With growing turnout each year, the popular fairs provide information for youth with developmental disabilities and their families to help them prepare for the student’s successful transition from high school to adult living.

The Transition Resource Fairs took place on March 11 at Highline College and March 14 at Microsoft, drawing more than 1,650 people out to the two events! This was the fourth year that Microsoft generously provided facilities, onsite coordination, an employer session and volunteer support for the event held on their campus.

The day-long fairs featured more than 40 organizations including King County School-to-Work Program, King County supported employment vendors, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, and community and technical colleges.

The fairs included 12 one-hour sessions for families, students and educators with key information needed for students to successfully transition past school with the support they need to get and keep a job. Topics included:

  • An orientation on the School-to-Work Program
  • Eligibility and services offered by the State of Washington’s Developmental Disabilities Administration and Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Guardianship
  • Estate planning
  • Special needs trusts
  • Housing
  • Building expectations of employment.

Richard Wilson provides a School-to-Work orientation, explaining what the program is, how and when to enroll and what to expect from the program.

Additional outreach was provided this year in 13 languages and DDD received 16 interpreter requests. These were supported by Open Doors for Multicultural Families in Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Somali, Amharic, Arabic, Dari, Bengali, Khmer, Cantonese, Mandarin and Vietnamese.

Big kudos to Richard Wilson and Emily Hart, our School-to-Work Program Coordinators, for organizing another series of successful Annual Transition Resource Fairs, and to the rest of the DDD staff who supported the fairs.

To learn more about what DCHS is doing in our community, read the most recent issue of the Touching Base Newsletter (on SharePoint).