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Special Education Services to have transition fair

Cheney Free Press of Cheney, Washington

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For parents who have children with special needs, or adults who need a little help, Cheney High School's Special Education Services is hosting its first transition career fair in the cafeteria, Jan. 20, from 6-8 p.m.

Angela Pischel, secretary for Special Education Services, explained the event is to provide information and help students and parents make the right choices for post-high school opportunities such as continuing education, healthcare, jobs, training and housing. The department is bringing many resources and businesses to the event including Job Corps, Cheney Care Center, Spokane Produce, Partners Advancing Character Education (PACE), Spokane Transit Authority and Eastern Washington University's disability services.

"There are many resources out there, but families have to seek them," Pischel said. "Here, we have those resources under one roof."

In addition to showing students different options for the future, Erin Teterud, Special Education Services department head, said the fair will also help give students a "leg up" on the future.

"Students have such great resources in school, but if they or their parents don't have the knowledge about them it's harder for students to get out into the real world and they just end up sitting on the couch," Teterud said.

CHS alumni who worked with Special Education Services during their time at high school will speak with current students about what they went through after they graduated and what they'd do differently.

"Having alumni there shows students and parents there is life after high school," Teterud said. "It also shows parents that we want to support their students after they graduate."

Teterud added her department is touching base with middle school students and parents about coming to the fair. There will also be a spaghetti dinner, which students will help prepare, as well as door prize drawings.

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Original Publication Date: January 14, 2016

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