Join us for the OCASG Author Series with writer, Adam Gottdank, P.h.D. as he discusses Transition: A Conversation with Parents - A Guide for Individuals with Disabilities, their Parents, and the Professionals Dedicated to Serving Them.
Transition, A Conversation with Parents; A Guide for Individuals with Disabilities, their Parents, and the Professionals Dedicated to Serving Them, 1st Edition. Adam S.U. Gottdank, Ph.D., Linda O’Neal, M.A., Casey Sousa, M.S.
A Conversation with Parents was written to help individuals with disabilities, their families, and dedicated professionals better understand the transition from childhood to adulthood. We hope the book will help families start a conversation about transition and provide the information they need to successfully navigate the changes that come with it. It is written through the lens of a Disability Support Services counselor having a conversation with parents. Topics covered in the book include: developing an adult to adult relationship, support groups, high school v college, adult transition programs, applying to college, postsecondary accommodations and services, non-required programs offered on college campuses, community service agencies and service providers, fiscal and medical benefits, employment options and programs, residential options and independent living, transportation, advocacy agencies, individualized meetings and plans, person-centered or person driven planning, working effectively with service agencies, and disability laws.
About the Author
Adam S. U. Gottdank is the Director of Disability Support Services (DSS) for North Orange Continuing Education (NOCE), part of the North Orange County Community College District. He has been with NOCE for 16 years, and was previously a full-time faculty person, providing DSS counseling and instruction for students at NOCE. Adam is Past-President of the Academic Senate. He is currently on the Executive Committee for the California Association for Postsecondary Education and Disability (CAPED), and he is the southern chair of CAPED’s Intellectual Disability – Autism Spectrum Disorder Interest Group. Adam spent 10 years at Regional Center of OC as part of their management team. He was one of their Directors, Area Managers, and he started out as a Service Coordinator. Prior to Regional Center, Adam worked with individuals who have disabilities at San Clemente High School and Capistrano by the Sea Hospital. He is proud to have been a natural support to individuals placed for employment in grocery stores. Adam has several family members with disabilities. He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Policy, Special Education and Disability; and his M.A. in Psychology and Counseling.