Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities and Guardianship and Its Alternatives: What You Need to Know

August 02, 2018, 9:00 am to 12:15 pm
Add to Calendar

Alyssa Navarrete, Esq and Mallory Finn, Esq

3.0 Cat. 1 CEUs

Part 1: Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities              

The workshop will provide an overview of transition planning, including applicable federal and state laws and regulations.  The presenters will discuss elements and goals of transition planning, including examples of quality and poor transition planning.  The presenters will provide an overview of transition planning resources, including state and nonprofit resources.

This workshop is designed to help you:

  1. Participants will hear an overview of the laws relevant to transition.                        
  2. Participants will learn about elements of effective transition planning
  3. Participants will learn how to develop the transition planning section of an IEP
  4. Participants will learn about recent MSDE technical assistance bulletins developed around transition planning.
  5. Participants will learn about resources for transition planning

Part 2: Guardianship and Its Alternatives: What You Need to Know

This workshop will provide an overview of guardianship and less restrictive alternatives. The presenters will discuss competency, guardianship of the person, guardianship of the property, and emergency guardianship. They will also discuss alternatives to guardianship; including: advance directives, advance directives for mental health, surrogate decision makers, representative payees, power of attorney, joint ownership of bank accounts, and trusts. Guardianship resources and referrals will also be provided.

This workshop is designed to help you:

  1. Consider alternatives to guardianship and resources and referrals for families and community members.
  2. Recognize when there are issues related to competency.
  3. Identify less restrictive alternatives and provide resources for having them implemented.

Target Populations:

  • Educators
  • Social workers
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Counselors
  • Support and other school staff
  • Law professionals
  • Psychologists
  • Family members



Kennedy Krieger Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association and the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor continuing education for psychologists and Social Workers. Kennedy Krieger Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  3.0 to 6.0 Continuing Education Credits (Category 1) will be granted to Social Workers and licensed psychologists. This seminar reflects program content and is intended to meet the Maryland license requirement to enhance competence in the provision of psychological services to culturally diverse populations. No conflicts have been identified.

For more information on our Summer Learning Series or to request accommodation or assistance for individuals with disabilities, please contact us by phone at 443-923-9555, email , or visit 


Bradley L. Schlaggar, M.D., Ph.D., Named President and CEO of Kennedy Krieger Institute

We’re thrilled to welcome Bradley L. Schlaggar, M.D., Ph.D., to the Kennedy Krieger family as our next President and CEO.

Learn more.


Read inspiring stories, news and updates about the Institute's patient care, research, special education, professional training, and community programs.


Resource Finder


A free resource that provides access to information and support for individuals and families living with developmental disabilities.