Boone County Schools hosts special needs transition forum

Douglas Clark
Douglas Clark
Douglas Clark is LINK nky's Boone County reporter

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Missy Trame is a parent of a special needs student attending Union’s Ryle High School. 

So when she learned Boone County Schools was hosting an event to provide parents with information about special needs postsecondary opportunities, she made note.

Parents and students gathered at the Ralph Rush Professional Development Center for Wednesday’s Special Needs Transition Forum.

“I liked it, because it gave me a lot of information I wasn’t aware of,” Trame said. “I learned so much. It was great to learn of the options available to my child after high school.” 

Postsecondary education includes universities and colleges, in addition to trade and vocational schools, officials said. 

“We do a transition forum every year, where we pull together agencies in the area to come and give the information to parents who have high school students with disabilities,” Boone County Schools Assistant Director of Special Education Deana Izzo said. “It’s never too early to plan. Those four years go by so fast.”

Listed below are some of the agencies in attendance during Wednesday’s session:

  • Easter Seals 
  • Boone County Attorney’s Office 
  • Northern Kentucky University Supported Higher Education Project 
  • NorthKey Community Care 
  • The Point/Arc

“We have great relationships with all of the agencies and partner well with them,” Izzo said. “Everybody is here because they love kids and want to help them transition from school to adult life.”

Trame commended the ease of access.

“Having the agencies available in one location is really convenient,” Trame said. “It makes things a lot easier and I appreciate that.” 

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