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Help For Special Needs Grads

While a good transition from school to an independent adult life is critical, it’s not easy, especially for young adults with special needs.

With that in mind, the DOE Windward District will host a “Footsteps to Transition Fair” Oct. 26 at King Intermediate School for all affected middle and high school students, their parents and circle of supporters, offering a morning of exhibits, panel discussions and talk story sessions in the school cafeteria.

An RSVP and request for access accommodations are needed by this Friday to 791-3467.

“It’s not too early to start planning and preparing for the future,” said Barbara Yamada, a DOE special education resource teacher. “The earlier you start the transition process, the easier it will be.”

The fair runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon at King, offering tips on developing a plan, stories from those who have made a successful transition, networking with other families and talking to adult service agencies and organizations.

Also planned are prize drawings, light refreshments and a keynote presentation by Leolinda Parlin of Hilopa’a Family to Family Health Information Center.

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