Transition fair provides resources for students with disabilities
CMS held its Fourteenth Annual Transition Fair for Students with Disabilities on Thursday, March 17, at East Mecklenburg High School. Approximately fifty agencies packed the cafeteria to display information and answer questions about services available to students with disabilities who are reaching adulthood. Colleges and local businesses that are responsive to students with disabilities also spoke with CMS families.

Liz Labunski is the parent of a senior, Alex, at Provide High School. Alex will graduate this year thanks to the school’s Occupational Preparatory course of study. “We are here because Alex is graduating. We’re exploring options to help him transition from family to college and total independence,” said Liz. “Alex has had a progressive approach to learning through the curriculum he went through in high school. The Occupational Prep course of study has really helped to prepare him over the last four years.”

Along with the information booths, parents and students had the opportunity to participate in mini sessions by Parent University. The sessions gave families an opportunity to learn more about the process for navigating services offered in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community. The Business Leadership Network, a supporter of the event, was onsite and provided students the opportunity to participate in a job fair.

While there, participants could purchase crafts from the Occupational Course of Study school enterprises or taste delicious treats from the East Mecklenburg Culinary Arts Program, which provided refreshments for the crowd.