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Symposium 2018 Youth Transition from High School- How to prepare, plan and advocate for yourself!

Jim Wright PRN PATH Project

Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM (CST)

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Type Remaining End Quantity
Green Track: Graduate with Cohorts in Senior Year 9:00 AM 2Green _Employment 3Green-Apply College
Student should be a minimum of 14. Need ticket for each family member. This is for students that have a 504 or IEP served in Gen Education and plans on graduating at 18.
21 Tickets 1d 9h 21m Free  
Blue Track: Attend School Transition until 21 1st Track 9:00 AMSession 2Blue-Employment Session 3Blue-Housing
Student should be a minimum of 14. Need ticket for each family member. This is for students that attend school in primarily self-contained classrooms or supports. They will typically be in school up to the age of 21 or have met all of their goals.
21 Tickets 1d 9h 21m Free  

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Event Details

Key Note Speaker Dylan Rafaty  

DylanListed LLC is a for social benefit Texas limited liability company founded, owned and operated by Dylan M. Rafaty who self-identifies as a person with a disability due to a congenital hearing impairment. The business focus is on promoting opportunities for gainful employment for active job seekers who self-identify as persons with a disability. The business launched in 2013 by offering a smart online recruitment site dedicated to job seekers with disabilities who self-identify. Since 2015, the business pivoted and the focus now is on empowering an important segment of the talent pool of the future, namely empowering the special needs youth in high school to smartly prepare for the transition to employment after the student leaves high school.  This is done through personalized ‘whole transition’ training for the SpEd youth and their parents/caregivers and through small, interactive support groups.

Self-Advocates - modeling self-advocacy for you by a youth panel. Bring your questions!



Amy Weilert - ACCESS Advisor – Preston Ridge Campus Collin College-

Amy will address students that plan to attend college and provide information what the process of meeting your accommodation needs. Questions such as documentation, testing requirements, application process, timelines of identifing schools that may meet your needs and goals. 

Chontae Feldman- Organizer of Decoding Dyslexia Collin County

Chontae works at Rayethon and is a member of a company supported Disability Awarenees committe. She will talk about the pros and cons of self identifying your disability in the pursuit of a job. She will also talk about accommodations that may be availble for you to be succesful in the job.

Heather Brown- Life Planning for Families of Special Needs

Heather is a mother of a teenager who will require special care when he transitions to Adulthood. Heather will share what she has learned from a parents perspective of identifying a housing match for her son. She works for Life Planning For Families of Special Needs as an outreach specialsit. She helps others in realizing the importance of planning and has graciously agreed to share what she has learned in this process. A panel of various types of providers have agreed to talk breifly about their facility and to answer questions from you on how to find the fit for your family.

Dylan Rafaty- Dylan Listed,

Dylan is going to MC a panel of Employment Agencies that specialize in suppprting the Special Needs Community. They will give a brief overview of their company and talk to out students on ways to prepare themselves for the opportunities out there and the committment it may take to reach them. They will also answer your questions about future employment.




Language accommodations and request?

Any and all request for translation must be made by emailing by February 5th by 5:00 PM.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

This event is designed for students or young adults from 14 to 26. If they are under 18 they should have at least one parent/guardian with them. We welcome individuals with significant needs to those that have minor educational accommodations or plans.  We have limited space so it is preferred for youth to attend. Professional's are welcome, just please note that the talking level and points are designed for the youth to better understand the need for self-advocacy. Space is limited!

Do I need to get a seperate ticket for my student?

Yes. All attendess will need a ticket. Enter the information for your child. 

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Free Parking is available at the Scottish Rite Hospital. 

 How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Jim Wright at



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Scottish Rite Hospital-Children: Birch John G MD
2222 Welborn Street
Dallas, TX 75219

Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM (CST)

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Jim Wright PRN PATH Project

Jim Wright is the Partners Resource Network PATH Project Coordinator.

He has presented workshops for The Warren Center, Children's Health Transition Symposium, The Cerebral Palsy Parent Support Group at The Scottish Rite Hospital, area Therapy Centers, a Regional Symposium in Texarkana, and has provided staff training for CPS, Professional Therapist, and Educators.

He has two children that are in the special education system in Frisco, TX. His oldest son just turned 14 and is in the 8th grade. He is in a self contained life skills program educational setting. Jim used to say that he was non-verbal, but since he has made such great progress, he now says that he is an emerging verbal communicator. His other son is in 6th grade. He has been in the school system since he was three for speech and articulation issues. He participated in the two year Dyslexia program and his reading and processing abilities have improved dramatically. He also is being served by the gifted program in Frisco ISD. Therefore, Jim is familiar with both extremes. He firmly believes that both of his children are success stories because of the services that they have received. PATH has helped him in the past to find his voice in our special needs community. He is grateful to have the opportunity to give back and help others to find their voices as well.

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