Title: Transition news
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Title: Transition news
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Language: English
Creator: Division of Developmental Pediatrics, College of Medicine - Jacksonville, University of Florida
Publisher: Division of Developmental Pediatrics, College of Medicine - Jacksonville, University of Florida
Place of Publication: Jacksonville, Fla.
Publication Date: June 2009
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College of Medicine Jacksonville
Center for Autism and Related Disabilities

* Take The Stress Out of
Your Next Vacation

* Transition Websites for

* Saving For College

* Learning Strategies Web-

Teaching Dining Skills
(from Abstract: Terry L. Shepherd)

Teaching Dining Skills
Some students with disabilities
have difficulties social cues, re-
sponding appropriately in social
situations, and initiating age-
appropriate interactions with
peers and adults. A real-life social
activity that is often neglected in
social skills training is dining.
Dining involves: etiquette, per-
sonal hygiene, mathematics, and
social skills. Dining skills can be
taught using a direct model ap-
proach: instruction, modeling,
peer involvement, role-playing,
feedback, and reinforcement of
desired social behaviors, Provid-
ing social skills training and real-
life dining experiences can pro-
vide many opportunities for stu-
dents to learn appropriate inter-
actions with peers and others.

Sharing Information That Matters

By Jason Alderman
It seems like everyone I know
works longer hours and has
more responsibilities than ever
before. Some people say the
only thing that keeps them
sane is thinking about their
Whether you're one of those
people who spend months
planning every detail or you
prefer being more spontane-
ous, here are a few steps you
can take to make sure your
vacation provides the relief
you crave without breaking
the bank.
Create a vacation budget.
Practical Money Skills for Life,
a free personal financial man-
agement site sponsored by
Visa Inc.
/calculators), features an inter-
active Travel Calculator, which
helps you prepare a travel
budget for transportation,
meals, hotels, entertainment
and other vacation expenses.
It helps you decide between
necessary and flexible ex-
penses, and to make budget
adjustments before it's too
Do your research. Most tourist
attractions have Web sites or
toll-free numbers, so it's easy
to get directions, hours of
operation and fees, as well as
make reservations before your
trip. A quick call can save you
from a three-hour drive to a

"Closed for Repairs" sign.
Shop around. Many airlines
charge more to book flights
by phone or through a travel
agent compared than on their
Web sites. Other sites, such as
www.orbitz.com and
www.expedia.com, let you
compare fares from a variety
of airlines, hotels and rental
car companies. Other tips:
* Airfares to more remote
airports are often consid-
erably less expensive than
their more popular, and
crowded, alternatives
closer to town.
* Always ask if hotels, res-
taurants and attractions
offer discounts -AAA,
AARP and other organiza-
tions often negotiate dis-
counts for their members.
* If you decide to charge
your rental car or other
vacation purchases to a
credit card, check your
credit card agreement
beforehand to see if it
includes auto rental colli-
sion damage or theft cov-
Expect the unexpected. Even
short trips can be plagued by
unanticipated expenses, so if
you're not careful, you might
end up paying for your vaca-
tion for months afterward.
Add 10 to 15 percent to your
budget for unanticipated

June, 2009

events things like lost lug-
gage, a flat tire or an Emer-
gency Room visit.
Don't forget paperwork. Make
sure you bring along copies
your medical and auto insur-
ance information. It's also a
good idea to carry your credit
card companies' toll-free num-
bers in case your wallet should
be stolen (keep the list some-
where else in your luggage).
Stay abreast of current events.
If you're traveling abroad,
watch for news reports about
public unrest, disease outbreaks
or employment strikes at your
destination, and try to have a
back-up plan. The U.S. State
Department maintains a list of
current warnings in foreign
countries at
Travel safely. Sometimes on
holiday your guard is down and
you do things you never would
ordinarily. For example, if
you've been driving for hours
and are tired or inattentive, pull
over for a rest. Read up on traf-
fic regulations in other states or
countries you visit. And be
aware of your surroundings:
Having your wallet disappear is
not how you want to remember
this vacation.
And remember to relax. This is
your vacation!

Good interactive website for students and parents in transition: httD://www.fvitransition.ora

Transition News

Take The Stress Out Of Your Next Vacation
Full article: www.practicalmoneyskills.com



College of Medicine Jacksonville
Center for Autism and Related Disabilities

G271 St. Augustine Rd. Ste. I
Jacksonville, FL 32217

Contact: Anne Wilson
Phone:(904) 33-07G4
Fax: (904) G33-0751
E-mail: anne.wilsonnjax.ufl.edu


We're on the Web:



Learning Strategies Website:


Family Village: www.familyvillage.wisc.ed
This site furnishes information, resources, and opportunities available on the
Internet for individuals with disabilities, their families, and service providers. A
wide variety of links to Web resources pertain to transition.
Technical Assistance on Transition and the Rehabilitation Act (TATRA):
The TATRA project at the PACER Center and other parent information and
training projects help families learn how they can assist young individuals with dis-
abilities prepare for independent adult life in the community. (Family Networks on
Disabilities is one of the TATRA projects: or http://www.fndfl.org/
Parenting Postsecondary Students with Disabilities: www.heath.gwu.edu
Look at the Modules, Toolkit, Publications, and Resources section.
National Center on Secondary Education and Transition: www.ncset.org

Saving For College:

A college education is the
ticket to the middle class in
the United States. But it's
an expensive ticket, and the
cost rises every year.
The overall annual cost for
college education ranges
from $4,550 for community
college to $35,374 for a
private school, according to
US News & World Report.
And a recent national study
revealed these costs are
rising by about 6% a year.
Start Early
Those are some scary num-
bers. But if you have the
benefit of time, they're not
as bad as they seem. Here
are some steps you can
start taking today:
* Go over your monthly
finances and find a
little extra money you
can put away. Even $50
or $100 can make a big

* Make a commitment to
devote at least that
amount each month, and
to add to it as your in-
come increases.
* Shop around for the best
interest return you can
get for your money.

High Return
Because the cost of college is
rising faster than inflation, it's
smart to invest your savings to
get a higher interest rate than
a typical bank can offer. Con-
sider putting your money into:
* Stocks
* Mutual funds
* Bonds
Help Paying for College
One important thing to keep
in mind is that you won't nec-
essarily have to come up with
the entire cost of college. All
higher education institutions
offer financial aid in the form

of grants and loans. These are
most often funded by the fed-
eral government. But there are
also often aid offerings from
the state and from the school
itself. Be sure to look into all
the options available.

Post-It Notes
Post-It notes were originally de-
signed to help you remember
things. Try these Post-It Note ad-
aptations in the classroom:
1. Summarize a paragraph in a
2. Write down unknown words
when reading
3. Write down a question about
something you have read or
4. Write down spelling and vo-
cabulary words
5. Write down math facts and
6. Use to teach fractions (5 Post-
It Notes-two colors => illus-
trate 3/5).
7. Use as chapter dividers in

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