President's Message

  It is a pleasure an honor to serve as your DCDT President for 2016–2017.  I thank every member for his or her continued support of DCDT and our mission.  Given encouraging public policy initiatives, the expanding evidence base for transition practices, and innovative strategies and programming aimed at inclusive opportunities for individuals with disabilities, it is an exciting time to be involved with transition           education and services.  I am looking forward to working with the DCDT board, committee members, and our membership in continuing       efforts related to DCDT’s strategic initiatives and improving post school outcomes for young adults with disabilities.

I hope you will consider becoming more involved with DCDT through committee membership, organizing or contributing to the     development of a state DCDT chapter, and through participation in professional development or research opportunities as they become available.  DCDT committees, and a description of the mission for each committee, are available through the website.  For those of you who may be interested in organizing a state chapter, please be sure to contact one of the four DCDT regional representatives, John McNaught, Clare Papay, Mary Pearson, and Dawn Rowe. Their contact information, including the regions served, can be found under the subdivisions tab on the DCDT homepage. As the majority of DCDT members represent secondary special educators and transition professionals, I am encouraging many of you to join our committees or become state DCDT leaders who help inform and develop future DCDT initiatives!

Over the past several years, Adam Lalor, our former student representative, has worked with Drs. Audrey Trainor, Joe Madaus, Karrie Shogren, and Allison Lombardi to increase DCDT’s efforts in supporting future leaders in transition-focused education. These initiatives, primarily focused at graduate students, have resulted in the development of the Patricia Sitlington Graduate Student Research Award, the annual Graduate Student Social held during our Fall conference, the Students Engaging with Transition Scholars (SETS) mentorship program, as well as financial awards to support thesis or dissertation research. Students who might be interested in these initiative can find additional information on the website or contact our current student representative, Ms. Jennifer Bumble (Jennifer.bumble@vanderbilt.edu).

As a member of the executive committee for DCDT since 2008, I have been blessed to learn from many former DCDT presidents, Dr. Jane Razeghi (DCDT’s Executive Director), and board members to advance DCDT’s mission.  I would like to thank all current and former board members, committee chairs, and committee members for their hard work and dedication to DCDT and transition-focused education. I look forward to meeting DCDT members at conferences and be sure to attend the President’s Reception while at DCDT or CEC!  If you have any ideas or comments about DCDT that you would like to share, or if you would like to become more involved, I encourage you to contact me at dunger1@kent.edu. Best wishes for a wonderful year, and thank you for all of your work that improves transition outcomes for students!