Transitioning students with special needs webinar rescheduled to Nov. 29

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608,
Contacts: Andy Crocker, 806-677-5600,
Rachel Brauner, 979-845-1553,

AMARILLO – The Military Families Learning Network – Military Caregiving concentration has rescheduled “Successful Transition for Students with Special Needs: Advocating for Universal Design for Learning in Classrooms.”

The webinar, originally set for Oct. 18, is now moved to Nov. 29.

This and other webinars are offered through Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Military Program to provide professional development and interactive resources for those unable to leave home for training, said Andrew Crocker, AgriLife Extension program specialist in gerontology and health, Amarillo.

The one-hour webinar will begin at 10 a.m., and is free and open to anyone interested, but registration is required. To join the session or for more information, go to

Leading the webinar will be Dr. Lakshmi Mahadevan, AgriLife Extension family and community health specialist in College Station. Her areas of expertise include career assessment, post-secondary options for individuals with special needs, special education and multicultural career counseling.

Research has shown all students, especially those receiving special education and following a carefully crafted transition plan, are more likely to achieve post-secondary success, said Rachel Brauner, program coordinator with the agency’s Texas Military Program in College Station.

“One of the main resources available to parents/guardians and students is their classroom teacher,” Brauner said. “Teachers who incorporate transition-related content into instruction using Universal Design for Learning principles are in the best position to set up students for postsecondary success.”

The objectives of this interactive webinar will be to introduce participants to:

– Universal Design for Learning, or UDL, principles for instruction.

– Employability skills that can be taught using UDL principles.

– Ways in which parent/guardians and students can self-advocate for UDL to be incorporated in classrooms.

The Military Families Learning Network Military Caregiving concentration will offer one continuing education credit from the University of Texas School of Social Work for credentialed and licensed professionals. Certificates of completion will also be available for participants interested in receiving training hours.


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