Parents, 9-12th grade teachers, and transition staff are welcome to a free Educational Services Commission of New Jersey (ESCNJ) workshop on “Best Practices in Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities,” on April 12th from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The workshop, being held at ESCNJ’s Professional Development Academy, 1690 Stelton Rd., will include panel discussions on the key factors involved in making a successful transition from high school to adult services, said ESCNJ Advisory Council Chair and workshop coordinator Stacy Rieger.

"Transition planning for students with disabilities can be a challenging process and complicated journey for everyone involved," said Ms. Rieger, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

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“We will share guidelines on how to effectively plan the transition process for students with disabilities as they move from school into adult life,” said Ms. Rieger,  who is also the Vice Principal at ESCNJ’s Academy Learning Center.

The workshop will feature two presentations: 

  • "Career Exploration," facilitated by Rutgers University Project Coordinator Joanne Hamza. Ms. Hamza is a statewide trainer for The New Jersey Career Assistance Navigator, a free, web-based career guidance system designed to support transition planning.


  • “Understanding Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Medicaid," facilitated by Ms. Beverly Roberts, Director, Mainstreaming Medical Care for The Arc of New Jersey.  Both SSI and Medicaid eligibility are critical components for students transitioning into adult services through New Jersey’s Division of Developmental Disabilities.


To learn more about the workshop, please visit- , or contact Ms. Rieger at, 732- 605-9500, Ext. 4020.

The ESCNJ offers statewide services for schools, in addition to operating six schools in Middlesex County for student’s ages 3-21 with Autism spectrum disorders, multiple disabilities, and at-risk behaviors. The largest Educational Services Commission in New Jersey, the ESCNJ coordinates transportation services for over 12,000 students, and manages a 1,200 member Co-op Pricing System, the largest cooperative buying program in New Jersey.