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Transition Fair Helps Students, Families Prepare for Life after High School

Transition Fair Helps Students, Families Prepare for Life after High School
Posted on 11/22/2013
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Pasadena ISD administrators, faculty, staff, students and volunteers shows support for students and their families during the annual Transition Fair at Rayburn High School. The event attracted over 650 students, volunteers and representatives from 36 local agencies, colleges and school programs who talked with families about the next step in their child's future.

    The ability for students receiving special education services to make a smooth transition from high school to a well-prepared future is achievable – just ask the hundreds of Pasadena ISD students and their families who packed into the hallways of Sam Rayburn High School for the district’s annual Transition Fair on Thursday, Nov. 14.
    Hosted by the district’s Special Education department, the fair attracted over 650 students and their families, along with volunteers and representatives from 36 local agencies, colleges and school programs who reached out to attendees to discuss the next step in their child’s future.
    “In Pasadena ISD, we are committed to assisting our students with the transition from school to post-secondary education, training, employment, independent living and community participation,” Dr. Deena Hill, executive director of special education said.
    “The annual Transition Fair assists our students and families by bringing in representatives from each of these areas to provide information so they can be well informed and supported as they prepare to leave the school setting.”
    In past years, the fair would typically bring in about 100-200 participants. However, this year that number nearly tripled. Randi Elliot, the event coordinator, attributes the successfulness of this year’s fair to avid community support from Pasadena ISD volunteers, donors and vendors including Houston Community College, San Jacinto College, the University of Houston Adaptive Athletics, San Houston Center for Independent Living, and the Pasadena Health Center, just to name a few.
    “I think everyone, including the students, their families, participating agencies, PISD staff, and those who volunteered for the event left there a true sense of connectedness as a community,” Elliott said. “There was also an outpouring of support from Pasadena ISD staff and students. Students from Sam Rayburn’s JROTC, Varsity Football, Cheerleaders, Student Council and French Honor Society all gave of their time and energy to support this event.”
    After families browsed informational booths, the night wrapped up in the auditorium with an inspiring message from a very special guest, Ana Calvo.
    Calvo, also known to many as Ms. Wheelchair Texas 2009, gained media attention for advocating the rights of individuals with disabilities. Born with no limbs, Calvo says she is no stranger to the challenges students with disabilities regularly face. For years, the University of Houston-Downtown graduate has channeled those challenges and life experiences into her work – making it her mission to help students and encourage them to embrace their disabilities and strive for success.
    “I don’t like the word disability – I like the word ability,” she said. “Remember that regardless of your disability, you have the ability to be that change and make something of yourself.”
    The night continued as several lucky families became the owners of a brand-new iPAD mini, each courtesy of the Emmons brothers of Emmons Motor Company.
    “We hold this event to uplift students and families and connect them with the resources they will need as they transition from the school setting into adult life,” Elliott said. “The support Thursday is a testament of the community’s passion to see all students succeed.”

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Transition Fair

Transition Fair

Transition Fair

Transition Fair

Transition Fair

Transition Fair

Transition Fair

Transition Fair

Transition Fair

Transition Fair