Today we are excited to share the launch of our new program:  Advocacy University. It’s more than a webinar or new guide; this new school will take you on a deep dive to help you understand important topics like individual education plans, 504 plans, transition IEPs, and others.

In recent years, we have been focusing on transition resources for our community, looking at what happens as your child becomes a legal adult, leaves the school system, enters the workforce, college, or a day program, and how to protect them when you are no longer able to. That’s why the first course in Advocacy University is Transition for Youth with Neurological Conditions. It’s free, self-paced, and includes a rich curriculum with hours of instructional videos and course work on a topic we know is important to you: how to help your child on an IEP transition to adult life.

You can access the training at your convenience and work at your own pace. Each module includes written materials, a video presentation, a quiz, and supplementary materials for more in-depth learning. Once you have completed the entire curriculum, you will receive a certificate of completion and access to all of the curriculum materials. 

This course is a supplement to our 100+ page guide Educational Transition After Epilepsy Surgery. It includes over ten hours of training modules covering all aspects of transition. In this series you will find the steps you need to take to build your child’s education transition plan, your child’s rights in the process, as well as resources to help you along the way. We also cover transition to adult health care, future planning, decision making and financial supports, among other topics.

These are the 8 modules in our Transition for Youth with Neurological Condition course:

  • Module 1: What Is Transition?
  • Module 2: Building The Transition IEP
  • Module 3: Severe and Multiple Disabilities
  • Module 4: Health In The IEP
  • Module 5: Transition To Adult Health Care
  • Module 6: Future Planning 101
  • Module 7: The Law and Transition
  • Module 8: Additional Resources, Handouts, and Bonus Material.

The curriculum is available at no cost to you thanks to the very generous support of the Child Neurology Foundation and Neurelis. Our profound gratitude to these partners who share our goal of improving the lives of the children in our community.

About the author

Audrey Vernick is the Director of Patient and Family Advocacy for The Brain Recovery Project. She is the parent of a child who had hemispherectomy for seizures caused by stroke. Ms. Vernick holds a level 2 certification in Special Education Advocacy Training from the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates and is certified by The ARC in future planning. She represents The Brain Recovery Project in the Rare Epilepsy Network‘s Adult Transition Taskforce and serves on the Youth Advisory Council for HOBSCOTCH (HOme Based Self-management and COgnitive Training CHanges lives), a behavioral program designed to address memory and attention problems for people who have epilepsy.