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Paulette Sakamoto, M.A., CCC-SLP-L
Speech-Language Pathologist/Transition Specialist

Paulette Sakamoto has worked in the field of Special Education for over 23 years. She received her Master’s Degree in Communicative Disorders from the University of the Pacific and her Deaf/Hard of Hearing Education Specialist Credential from San Jose State University. She has worked with students from birth to 22 years of age in both District and County Programs, as well as non-public schools. Paulette has worked closely with Workability I, California Department of Rehabilitation Transition Partnership Program coordinators and transition specialists to coordinate transition services for students during their transition to Post-Secondary Education Programs and Adult Transition.

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  • new!I am searching for a good conference to attend on transition. Are there any coming up soon?


I am searching for a good conference to attend on transition. Are there any coming up soon?


The California Transition Alliance will be holding their biennial Bridge to the Future Institute on November 6-7, 2018 in Anaheim. Bridge to the Future IV will focus on Employment.

Topics include:

  • Transition to Post-Secondary Education
  • Transition to Competitive Integrated Employment
  • Parent Role in Transition
  • Connecting to the Community
  • Support for Transition
  • Youth Self-Advocacy and Leadership
  • Roles of the Schools
  • WorkAbility I
  • Agency Collaboration

The Institute is for: Special Education Teachers, Program Specialists, Administrators, Youth, Employment Specialists, Parents, Regional Center, DDS, and Colleges and Universities.

This year the Institute will begin with pre-institute meetings for CaPromise, WorkAbility I and Transition Partnership Programs.

The Institute will be on Tuesday November 6, 2018 with numbers breakout sessions and a Panel Presentation on Workforce in the afternoon.

The institute will continue on Wednesday November 7, 2018 with additional breakout sessions.

This year there will be something new call the Post-Institute on Thursday November 8, 2018 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. This will be a valuable day with three options for continued in-depth training:

Option 1 – Build a Collaboration: Create a Local Partnership Agreement

Option 2 – Transition Planning IDEA Mandates, High School Diploma, and Best Practices

Option 3 – Best Practices to Achieve Employment (benefits planning, certifications, job-finding options)

The Bridge to the Future IV will help to enhance knowledge of Transition IEP mandates, tools and resources to enhance transition at the local level, give parents information that is vital to transition, and how to engage youth in creating plans for their future.

There are a limited number of youth scholarships also available. Please contact the CA Transition Alliance.

For more information please visit: The CA Transition Alliance at

Looking forward to seeing and meeting you all at the Institute this year.


  • Career and College Readiness


I am trying to continually improve the work sites and work experience for my post-secondary transition students. What are some key factors for success that I should keep in mind?


This is a good question as many post-secondary transition teachers are always looking at the transition of their students from the K-22 educational system to adult transition. Work experience and functional skills training is key to that transition.

Collaboration with the community is one of the 5 C’s of Evidence Based Practices in transition for students with disabilities. Continual networking and building community relationships helps to develop successful work sites and experiences for your students.

Factors to consider when developing or searching for work sites to keep in mind are:

  • School Factors
  • Employer Factors
  • Community Factors
  • Youth/Student Factors
  • Family Factors

The Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has a resource titled: “On the job: Stories from youth with disabilities. The resource tells stories of 6 individuals who were successful on their jobs and the factors that led to their success. It provides helpful tips for what to look for in potential employers and also gives helpful tips to think about when working skills development.

Remember career assessment and/or a skills inventory is the first step when seeking and developing work sites and experiences for your students. Knowing what your students are interested in and their skill level helps when you are working with a potential employer. Knowing who your students are will help the employer to be able to be creative and think outside of the box when they are considering potential jobs for your students.

The National Collaboration on Workforce and Disability has a Guidepost on Career Preparation & Work-Based Learning Experiences. The information in the Guidepost is a framework for what to keep in mind when building work sites and can also serve as a resource to use when providing employers a rationale as to why you are seeking a work site for your students.

The Guidepost can be found here:

Developing work sites and experience for our students is a continual process. Start with assessment of your students, continue to teach the soft skills in your classroom environment, and seek out employers who have jobs that fit your student abilities and needs.

  • Transition Resources


These resources and guidelines are for educators, parents, and agencies that will assist transition age youth develop postsecondary goals that lead to competitive, integrated employment (CIE).This section provides resources for implementing the Employment First Policy and preparing youth with disabilities for competitive integrated employment (CIE)

Employment First Report (PDF)
The Employment First Report developed by the California’s State Council on Developmental Disabilities.

Office of Disability Employment Policy
Resources for implementing Employment First.

Association of People Supporting Employment First
Employment First resources.

California Employment Consortium for Youth (CECY)
Provides products developed by CECY related to Employment First.

Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) for Individuals with Disabilities
Describes the committee as a key part of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Integrated Employment Toolkit
Resources for implementing integrated employment.

Your Right to Integrated Competitive Employment (PDF)
Disability Rights California describes integrated competitive employment and the rights of individuals with disabilities.

Blueprint for Success (PDF)
Massachusetts blueprint for employing individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Employment First Implementation Website
Resources provided by the Oregon Department of Education for implementing Employment First.