Transition Specialties Division 


Mission:


The Mission of the Transition Specialties Division of the National Rehabilitation Association is to advance effective transition practices that promote the employment and future independence of youth and young adults with disabilities by providing Vocational Rehabilitation training and continued educational opportunities to the professionals who work with transition aged youth.
 

Membership:

To join the Transition Division, you must be a member of the National Rehabilitation Association. Division fees are based on the level of membership and are valid for a 12-month term. 

Division Membership Fees:
  • Regular Membership: $40.00 
  • Student Membership: $10.00 
  • Consumer Membership: $10.00

Fact Sheet
Brochure

Become a member

Current Focus Items for Board:

  • Carryout Recommendations from Member Outreach
  • Provide more access to professional development opportunities for general membership – Offer multiple types Professional
  • Development Certificates to draw wider range.
  • Regular Contact – Email Blasts with info/resources
  • Advertise in other professional journals
  • Increase membership – minimum of 1 in every state


Division By-Laws & Meeting Minutes

Governance Documents

TRANSIT Division By-Laws

Meeting Minutes - 2017

January 19, 2017
February 9, 2017
March 9, 2017
April 13, 2017
May 22, 2017
July 13, 2017
August 10, 2017

Upcoming Division Board Meetings

January 25, 2018 at 11 AM CST (membership contact board president for call-in information)

Webinars Archives

If you missed our division hosted webinar, please click on the link to listen to the recording. Note: You must be a member to view the webinar recording.

Ethical Considerations for Working w/ Transition Age Individuals (Click Here)

Transition Division Board of Directors

President

Kimberly Osmani

Statewide Transition Coordinator

Work Address:

Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services

5813 South Robinson Avenue

OKC, OK 73109

kosmani@okdrs.gov

(405) 343-8071 (cell)

(405) 635-2768 (work)


President Elect

Mary-Anne M. Joseph

Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Studies

Work address:

Department of Rehabilitation Studies, College of Health Sciences

Alabama State University

Suite 313 D

1150 N. University Dr.

Montgomery, AL 36104

majoseph@alasu.edu

(704) 287-0935 (cell)

(334) 229-5871 (work)


Past President

Mary-Anne M. Joseph

Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Studies

Work address:

Department of Rehabilitation Studies, College of Health Sciences

Alabama State University

Suite 313 D

1150 N. University Dr.

Montgomery, AL 36104

majoseph@alasu.edu

(704) 287-0935 (cell)

(334) 229-5871 (work)


Secretary

Pat Bienfang

Home address:

6630 Crown Circle NW

St. Francis, MN. 55070

pgbienfang@gmail.com

(763) 444-8473 (cell)


Treasurer

Allison Lourash

Home Address:

3206 Oak Knoll Drive

Eau Claire, WI 54701

(715) 205-7305 (cell)

alourash@gmail.com



Board Member at Large

Andrew Berlin, MS, CRC, PVE

Vocational Coordinator

Work Address:

Innovative Services, Inc.

andrewb@isiinc.org

(715) 933-1027 (cell)


Board Member at Large

Bonnie T. Henn, MA, CRC

Rehabilitation Counselor

9300 West Courthouse Road, Suite 302

Manassas, VA 20110

Bonnie.Henn@dars.virginia.gov

Bonnie.henn2014@gmail.com

(703) 967-4755 (preferred contact)

(571) 383-3038 (work)



Board Member at Large

Jenni Bolin

Wanette Public School, HS Basketball and Baseball Coach

Work Address:

Wanette Public School

505 Martin Ave

Wanette, OK 74878

jnbolin@live.com


Student Representative

Lebogang Tiro

School Address:

University of Kentucky Student

212G Taylor Education Building

Lexington, KY 40506

lebogang.tiro@uky.edu

859-539-9111 (cell)

859-295-2669 (other)


Other Invited Members

Elizabeth Watson

Rehabilitation Specialist

Work Address:

Watson VR Resources, Inc.

126 E. Wing St, #311

Arlington Heights, IL 60004

wvrri@sbcglobal.net

(847) 259-3925 (cell)

 

 

 

Board Representative

The NRA Board of Director Representative is:

Kimberly Osmani

Statewide Transition Coordinator

Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services

5813 South Robinson Avenue

OKC, OK 73109

kosmani@okdrs.gov

(405) 343-8071 cell

(405) 635-2768 work

 

Term Expires: 12/31/17 

Additional Resources & Information

Council for Exceptional Children:  https://www.cec.sped.org

Council for State Administrators of  VR:  http://www.rehabnetwork.org

Job Driven VR Technical Assistance Center:  http://www.explorevr.org

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability:  http://www.ncwd-youth.info

National Council of State Agencies for the Blind:  http://www.ncsab.org

PROMISE TA Center:  http://www.promisetacenter.org

VR Youth Technical Assistance Center:  http://iel.org/vryouth-tac

Workforce Innovation TA Center:  http://www.wintace.org/topic-areas/pre-employment-transition-services

Association on Higher Ed. & Disability:  http://www.ahead.org/students-parents/transitions

Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates:  http://www.copaa.org

National Technical Assistance Center on Transition:  www.transitionta.org

Pacer Center:  http://www.pacer.org/tatra/planning/transitionemp.asp

Student Led IEPs PDF:  http://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED455623 

Think College:  http://www.thinkcollege.net

Wrights Law:  http://www.wrightslaw.com