Ulman forms council to assist youth with disabilities

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman has created a 35-member council aimed at assisting youth with disabilities in their transition from secondary education into the workforce, his office announced this week.

The council, called Howard County Transition Council for Youth with Disabilities, will oversee strategic recommendations developed by an earlier work group created by Howard County Public School System. The school work group explored ways to improve post-secondary outcomes for students with disabilities.

"We need to create a seamless system so that young people with disabilities reach their full potential as adults," said Ulman. "We need to show employers the value that these new workers bring, and we need more training opportunities."

The council, which was signed into order in April, is headed by Judith Pattik, Coordinator for Special Education with the Howard County Public School System. The council has already held its first meeting, according to a news release.

"The work we are embarking on is very exciting given the breadth of knowledge, experience and passion of the Transition Council members.  I am certain we will realize powerful outcomes as we create new and customized options for our students as they transition from school to college and careers," Pattik said. "We are most appreciative of Executive Ulman's support in recognizing the importance of this work."

The council includes nine representatives from the Howard County Public School System, six representatives from Howard County Government, six parent and student representatives and other members from non-profit organizations. The council is scheduled to deliver a report to the County Executive by June 1, 2014.

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