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Alabama Parent Education Center is seeking families of children with disabilities ages 14 to 19 receiving special education services (IEPs) to participate in a multi-year research focus group. The focus group will seek information from family participants regarding their experiences in adulthood transition planning for their children with disabilities receiving special education services. Information gathered from the groups will be used to develop future parental and educator training regarding best practices in transition planning in Alabama.

Families must commit to participate over four years with meetings to be held annually per focus group. All information gathered in the focus groups will be maintained as confidential. Families will be asked to share their personal stories regarding planning for their children’s adult future and special education services. Families will be provided transition training to improve their knowledge and participation in their child’s successful transition to adult life.

Focus groups will be conducted in Wetumpka, Mobile, and Birmingham. Families may participate in the location closest to their residence.

Wetumpka, Tuesday October 15, 2013 8:00 to 4:00 pm

Mobile, Tuesday November 19, 2013 8:00 to 4:00 pm

Birmingham, Tuesday December 10, 2103 8:00 to 4:00 pm

Families interested in applying to participate in their regional focus group should contact the Alabama Parent Education Center to apply not later than September 25, 2013. Participants will be selected by the center and notified prior to the first meeting.

Parent stipend funds will also be available for travel cost reimbursement related to meals, hotel, mileage, childcare, and hotel expenses. The Transition Focus Group Activity is a collaborative process of the Alabama Parent Education Center, the Alabama State Department of Education, and Auburn Transition Leadership Institute Auburn University and is designed to improve transitional outcomes of Alabama children with disabilities.

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