According to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendment of 1997 and the 1998 Amendments of the Rehabilitation Act, transition planning and interagency linkage are vital for successful transition of students with disabilities from educational settings into adult life.
According to Dr. Dean Tuttle, 75% of persons ages 16 - 54 with visual impairments are unemployed. Currently in Arkansas, there are approximately ninety students with visual impairments of transition planning age. These students are in need of transition skills that will lead to successful employment and active participation in their local communities.
To address this need the Arkansas School for the Blind, the Arkansas Division of Services for the Blind, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and the Arkansas Department of Education - Special Education Unit have collaboratively combined their efforts to develop the "Jump Start" summer training program for students with visual impairment in the State of Arkansas.
The summer of 1999 was the pilot year for this project. The purpose of this Director's Communication memo is to announce Jump S.T.A.R.T. 2000. There are two attachments to this memo:
Attachment I is a flier with specific information regarding Jump S.T.A.R.T. 2000.
Attachment II is an application to Jump S.T.A.R.T. 2000.
Please pay close attention to the application deadline of March 1, 2000. Please share this information with teachers of students with visual impairment, students with visual impairments and their parents.