In the Department of Developmental Services this class is accountable for independently providing consultation and assistance to individuals with an intellectual disability, and their families and legal guardians, to understand the individual’s educational rights and opportunities and to plan, prepare and achieve a successful transition from secondary school to adult life and/or to plan, prepare for and achieve a successful transition into meaningful employment.
Receives general direction from the Developmental Services Program Manager (General) or other employee of a higher grade.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Guides individuals and their families or guardians in the formulation of a transition plan;
Provides information about the Department to the individuals, families education and other team members in the school system and state and private agencies;
Assists individuals and their families to identify, navigate, obtain and coordinate needed health, community education, or employment services;
Consults and assists in the completion of the Level of Need (LON) assessment for individuals in conjunction with schools and families to determine eligibility for Department programs and state and federal resources as needed;
Attends and participates in the school district interdisciplinary Planning and Placement Team (PPT) or DDS Individual Planning (IP) meetings for individual transition planning purposes;
Provides consultation to the PPT/IP with regard to individual profile information and recommends needed testing (not limited to behavioral, adaptive, physical/occupational therapy, sensory, vocational), accommodations or modifications to further plan and develop for a successful transition;
Evaluates education and services provided by the school or department in support of the transition plan;
Gathers, interprets and analyzes data to determine trends impacting agency eligibility and program services;
Develops transition educational materials and provides related in-service training;
Prepares case notes, prepares reports summarizing consultation services provided and maintains relevant documentation;
Assists the department Case Manager in the development of individualized budgets;
Performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of
relevant agency policies and procedures;
intellectual disabilities, individual centered planning and Individual Education Plans, and Individual Plans;
developmental, educational and employment milestones;
and ability to apply the principles of self-determination and the Department's Employment Initiative;
relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations;
educational school systems, educational assessments and teaching practices;
businesses and community resources;
oral and written communications skills;
counsel individuals and to design and implement family interventions;
utilize computer software.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
A Bachelor's degree in education, educational counseling, social work, special education, vocational rehabilitation or a closely related field from an accredited college or university and two (2) years of professional experience in one of the following:
Providing professional services to individuals with an intellectual disability.
Delivering special education services in an accredited school system.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
A Master's degree in education, educational counseling, social work, special education, vocational rehabilitation or a closely related field and one (1) year of the professional experience noted above may be substituted for the General Experience.
Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's license.
Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(14)-EDUCATION B (P-3B)
As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes. As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Developmental Services Transition Advisor in Salary Group EB 22 approved effective May 05, 2022. (Revised to modernize format, update terminology and add an Acknowledgement section) Final No. 23-220