Pleasanton to host 'Transition Fair' today for young adults with developmental disabilities

Program seeks to bridge gap between high school and adult years

The city of Pleasanton is co-sponsoring a free Transition Information Night workshop from 5:30-8:30 p.m. today at the Pleasanton Senior Center for families of young adults with developmental disabilities.

While this event will focus on transition age young adults between the ages of 16 and 22, the program is open to all who would like to gather information on support services available for those with developmental disabilities.

The event is co-sponsored by R.E.A.C.H, the Alameda County Developmental Disabilities Council and the Pleasanton school district's WorkAbility program.

Participants can attend optional free presentations during the evening.

"Ready, Set...Transition!" will be led by Gina Gourley, who is retired from a 25-year career in special education with the Pleasanton school district and has personally experienced the challenges of transitioning a young adult with disabilities.

Gourley serves on the boards of several non-profits which serve

the developmentally disabled. She is also a member of the Alameda County Interagency Transition Team.

"Day Program Options" will be conducted by a panel of representatives from Regional Center of the East Bay, Futures Explored programs of the Tri-Valley, Vocational Flight Resources as well as two anticipated Tri-Valley programs: Cerebral Palsy Center and Social Vocational Services.

These 45 minute presentations will take place twice at 6 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m.

Also featured will be information tables with representatives from agencies which provide post high school services such as independent and supported living services, social/recreation programs, Information will also be available on disabilities adult day programs, transportation/paratransit, self-advocacy support, as well as on conservatorship, special needs trusts and benefits counseling.

A light dinner will be provided at no cost. Free child care is available during this event.

To register, call (925) 931-5373 or email

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Posted by Roz
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Oct 6, 2015 at 10:35 am

Hurrah for all those involved in the Transition Night. It does indeed take a community to make a community. Thanks to all .

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