Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21

Helping Children Learn

Carbon Lehigh Transitions Coordinating Council


Definition of Transition Services - "A coordinated set of activities that are designed to be within a results-oriented process that is focused on improving academic and functional achievement to facilitate movement from school to post-school activities including post-secondary education, vocational training, integrated employment, continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation. It is based on the child's needs, strengths, preferences, and interests. It includes instruction, related services, community experiences, the development of employment, and adult living objectives and, if appropriate, daily living skills and functional vocational evaluation." Side-by-Side Quick Reference, Federal Regulations-Compared to-State Regulations {Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, Transition Services § 602(34)}
About Us

What is the Carbon Lehigh Transition Coordinating Council (CLTCC)?
The mission of CLTCC is to promote effective transition for students with disabilities from school to adult life.
Who serves on the local TCC?
It is comprised of parents, representatives from agencies and employers, and educators from the Intermediate Unit, School Districts, Vocational and Special Education, and Higher Education.
What are some of the services provided by the local TCC?
The local TCC disseminates transition information, provides training for students, parents, educators, and service providers on transition issues, and develops and maintains local transition interagency agreements.
Why are transition services provided?
Congress and the Pennsylvania legislature have recognized the needs of young people with disabilities by developing and passing a series of laws and regulations to mandate and facilitate transition services, such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and others.
Who is eligible for transition services?
IDEA of 1990 and its reauthorization , IDEA of 1997 and IDEA '04 mandates that the IEP's include "beginning no later than the first IEP to be in effect when the child turns 16 and then updated annually, the following must be included:
  • Appropriate measurable postsecondary goals based upon age-appropriate transition assessments related to training, education, and independent living skills, where appropriate;
  • Transition services needed to assist the child in reaching those goals, including courses of study; and
  • Beginning no later than one year the child reaches the age of majority under state law, a statement that the child has been informed of the child's rights under this title, if any, that will transfer to him or her on reaching the age of majority.
Who do I contact to become a member of the Transition Council?
To become a member of the Carbon Lehigh Transition Coordinating Council contact:

Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit #21
Wendy Smith, Educational Consultant
4210 Independence Dr. 
Schnecksville, PA 18078 
Fax: 610-769-4111 ext. 1098 

CLTCC Meeting Dates and Minutes  Calendar

The Carbon Lehigh Transition Coordinating Council meets four times per year to discuss
and collaborate on issues pertaining to transition for students with disabilities ages 14 to 21


               Carbon Lehigh Transition Coordinating Council

            Dates, Times (9:00am – 11:00 am) and Locations

Thursday, October 13, 2016: (Transportation Office, Walnutport)


         Mrs. Sherri Landis, Executive Director for the D.R.E.A.M. Partnerships will share the selection of postsecondary educational opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities in Pennsylvania that includes independent and supported dormitory options.

           The D.R.E.A.M. Partnership was formed by parents and professionals in Central Pennsylvania who have extensive knowledge related to students with intellectual disabilities and postsecondary education. There are limited options for students with intellectual disabilities after high school, but we want to change that. College is an option and the D.R.E.A.M. Partnership can help students with intellectual disabilities live their dream, after high school and beyond.

The D.R.E.A.M. Partnership will establish a network of colleges in the state of Pennsylvania that will provide educational opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities through a two-year certificate program that leads to competitive employment and independent living.



Thursday, December 15, 2016: (Central Office, Schnecksville, Rooms D & E)


         Mr. Richard M Sywensky, Program Consultant for The Arc of PA will present on Discovery, Customized Employment, and Outcome Data.

Discovery is an alternative vocational assessment. It provides, in a non-traditional, common- sense form, the information needed to determine the individual’s conditions for success, interests towards an aspect of the job market and potential contributions to employer for any person with complex life issues. When Discovery is finished, a profile will be completed. The profile can be used by schools, vocational counselors, supported employment providers, etc. to assist the person to seek a job which matches her/his interests, conditions for success and at which they can contribute to the work place in a meaningful way. Discovery itself does not represent employment, but rather the first step in the customized employment process.


Mr. Ronald Schaeffer, Admissions Counselor from Job Corps

             Job Corps is the nation's largest career technical training and education program for young people at least 16 years of age that qualify as low income. A voluntary program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, Job Corps provides eligible young men and women with an opportunity to gain the experience they need to begin a career or advance to higher education.

             Job Corps offers hands-on training in more than 100 career technical areas, including: automotive and machine repair, construction, finance and business services, health care, hospitality, information technology, manufacturing, renewable resources, and many more. All training programs are aligned with industry certifications and are designed to meet the requirements of today's careers.

             Job Corps also offers the opportunity to earn a high school diploma or a GED for those youth who don't have either. For youth who already have a high school diploma, Job Corps can help them prepare for college through partnerships with local colleges. Resources are also available for English Language Learners. 

             Courses in independent living, employability skills, and social skills are offered to all Job Corps students in order to help them make the transition into the workplace.


Thursday, February 16, 2017: (Central Office, Schnecksville, Rooms D & E)


               Diana Morris Smaglik, Marketing Director/Special Projects Supervisor, and Francine Hogan from the Anthracite Center for Independent Living (ARCIL) will present on Emergency Preparedness & People with Disabilities.  Families, Youth, Educators and Agency Representatives are encouraged to attend.

            ARCIL supports The Disability Action Crew, three advocacy groups made up of individuals from Carbon, Luzerne and Schuylkill Counties. Working as a team, they strive toward the resolution of problems affecting independent living for residents with ALL types of disabilities. The Disability Action Crews in collaboration with ARCIL are diligently working to promote Emergency Preparedness & Response in the community.  Empowering people with disabilities and 1st Responders to work together toward a safer and more prepared community is ARCIL’s ultimate goal.     

Project Activities include...

    • Cross  Disability Training for 1st Responders
    • Forums on Issues Facing Individuals & 1st Responders
    • Offering Project A.B.L.E., A Hands-on Disability Awareness Training
    • Emergency Preparedness for Individuals with Disabilities
    • How to connect with Special Needs Registries
    • Addressing Misconceptions
    • Assisting 1st Responders & People with Disabilities with Recognizing & Reacting to Each other before an emergency
    • Promoting the safety of our 1st Responders and People with Disabilities

Snow date: Thursday, February 23, 2017: (Transportation Office, Walnutport)


Thursday, April 20, 2017: (Central Office, Schnecksville, Rooms D/E)

             Ali Hrasok, Leadership Development Coordinator from LVCIL will present on your role as parent, educator, and/or agency representative in the development of self-determination and self- advocacy skills along with focusing on youth led activities.


his presentation will review what it means to be an adult ally to the youth that we work with and how to utilize this relationship to build their self-determination and self-advocacy skills.  It will include interactive discussions on the youth perspective and what you can do in the short-term and long-term in your everyday activities to help assist in this development process.  Lastly, I will be discussing the Leadership in Schools Project, and how it can help develop these and other leadership skills in the students you work with.

            Ronnie Blaufarb, Financial Services Representative, Financial Adviser and Special Care Planner, Craig Muschko and Dianne Machinist, Certified Special Care planners and Financial Advisors from PennWood Financial Group will provide a workshop on Your Dependent With Special Needs: Making Their Future More Secure.

         Families with children and other dependents with special needs, no matter what the age or disability, face many serious questions about how to best prepare for their future well-being. This workshop addresses such critical issues as protecting government benefit eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), creating Special Needs Trusts and the importance of a Will. Taking steps now can help arrange for a loved one’s well-being today and tomorrow.



Upon confirmation, topics will be announced and/or published.

Look for updates and ALL minutes on the CLIU 21 website, Transition Resources,
Carbon Lehigh Transition Coordinating Council,


 The Council is open to everyone!!