An event at the end of February will help community members figure out just how to transition students with special needs from high school into the next chapter of life.

The event, called Duncan on the Road: Transition Services Conference, will take place from 5-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 at Red River Technology Center’s Jerry D. Morris Business and Industry Services Center Building “B.”

The event is for families who live with an individual with a disability or providers who serve them. The conference, free and open to the public, assists families and providers in navigating the complex system of Transition Services.

Stephanie Red Elk, the Stephens and Comanche County Coordinator for Sooner SUCCESS, said the event is open to parents, teachers and students and will feature two panels of presenters.

Informational booths will open around 5 p.m. and the first panel will take place from 5:30-6:45 p.m.

The first panel of presenters will include: Melanie Berry, Oklahoma Parents Center; Janice Morris, Oklahoma Disability Law Center; Jen Randle, Charting the LifeCourse; Sean Ballard, Guardianship and Alternatives to Guardianship; and Kelli Freeman, Oklahoma Work Incentives Planning and Assistance.

A question and break period is scheduled for 6:45-7 p.m, and the next panel takes place immediately following and will last until 8:15 p.m.

The second panel will include: Leonard Parker, Comanche Nation Vocational Rehabilitation Services; Delena Sullivan, DRS; Robin Arter, Think Ability Inc.; Terri Kinder, Oklahoma Family Network; and Red Elk, Sooner SUCCESS.

A brief question period will follow the second panel and wrap up will happen by 8:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Red Elk by calling 580-291-6730.

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