Transition to Adulthood: A Self-Directed Approach

Thursday, April 8 -
Friday, April 9, 2021
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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Transition to Adulthood: A Self-Directed Approach

Transition to Adulthood: A Self-Directed Approach will provide information on:

  • Individualized Education Program (IEP) entitlements for youth exiting the school system and entering the adult world of services and supports.
  • Explain the concepts of self-directed approaches through person-centered planning with Support Coordination.
  • The importance of connecting to the appropriate adult service systems.

Presented by Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) and Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) representatives.

Objectives - At the end of this training, participants should be able to:

  1. Determine the Individualized Education Program (IEP) entitlements for the transition to adult-life. 
  2. Explain self-directed approaches.
  3. Discuss connecting to state service systems for adult-life supports.


  • Lorraine D’Sylva-Lee, MLPA is a Training and Consultation Specialist for the New Jersey Children's System of Care (CSOC): Training & Technical Assistance Unit at the Behavioral Research and Training Institute (BRTI) of Rutgers Health - University Behavioral Health Care, and Chief Executive Officer of LEE (Learning Enrichment Experiences) Services, a provider agency for individuals with developmental disabilities. She has more than 25 years experience providing state, national and international training and technical assistance in the field of developmental disabilities. She is a certified Trauma-Competent Professional, Nurtured Heart Approach Advanced Trainer, and a Lead New Jersey Fellow. Ms. D’Sylva-Lee has lived experiences, which enhance her knowledge, insight and sensitivity for youth with challenges, their families and professionals who provide support services to vulnerable populations.
  • Amy N. Jedele is a Resource & Development Director with Values Into Action NJ. Her experience as a former Care Manager with Partnership for Children of Essex and as a private consultant for youth provider agencies has fueled her dedication of service for the I/DD population where she continues to be an ally for young adults and people with disabilities. She volunteers as a Co-Chair for the Community Networking Association of Essex County and is committed to increasing opportunities and connections for social services agencies to create greater impact within the communities across the state of New Jersey. 
  • Nkechi Okoli, MSW, LSW, is the Senior Coordinator of Transition to 21 Education at the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD). Within her role, she works to ensure that individuals, and those who support them, are well informed about the steps to smoothly transition to the DDD service system through presentations, webinars, and the development of supplemental materials. Nkechi is also an ambassador for the Charting the Life Course Framework and a trainer of the Council on Quality and Leadership Personal Outcome Measure for DDD. Nkechi has worked within several units of the Division with a focus on quality improvement. Nkechi enjoys the work she does and its impact.
  • Renee Caratozzolo is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor II for the state of New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Department of Labor and Workforce Development. She has worked in the field of employment for over 15 years, starting as a job coach working with transitions students in high school, placing Child Development Associate (CDA) graduates in child care centers, and working with adults in job coaching and job development. Renee is the Chair of the Project SEARCH Newton Medical Center Steering Committee as well as Co-Chair of the Morris County Partnership for Employment and Transition and the Warren Sussex Partnership for Transition. Renee has a passion for working with transitioning students and has worked as the Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) Counselor for the Morris/Warren/Sussex County office.
Age Groups
  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
Community Services
Employment / Training
Family & Support Services
Health Services
Behavioral / Mental Health
Crisis / Safety
Intellectual and Developmental Needs
Payment Options
  • Free

Last Updated: 04/06/21