12th annual Transition Trek+ arrives April 27 | Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose Schools
March 20, 2023

12th annual Transition Trek+ arrives April 27

The 12th annual Transition Trek+ event, featuring a vendor fair, speakers and more, will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, at the Discovery Center in Buffalo (214 1st Ave. NE).

The free event, sponsored by the Special Services Department of BHM Schools, aims to provide resources and support to families of students with disabilities of all ages (birth to adulthood). This event is open to anyone in the public who is interested, including those who do not live in the Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose School District.

It is a sensory friendly event, and break spaces will be available as needed.

Speakers
The event will feature two hour-long seminars.

  • "Special Needs Planning: Securing the Future for Persons with Disabilities" (6:15-7:15 p.m.)
    Roger Strege, Certified Estate & Trust Specialist; and Jan Larson, Attorney with Johnson, Larson & Peterson P.A. 

    This session assists people with disabilities and their families to identify and resolve unique life and estate planning issues. Both professionals and families will benefit from hearing an explanation that takes them from the first to the last planning step in easy-to-understand terms. Topics include protecting government benefits, establishing guardianship, preparing appropriate wills and supplemental needs trusts, avoiding family conflict, and reducing professional costs.
     

  • “Supporting Good Mental Health” (7:30-8:30 p.m.)

    Sheri Tesch (MS LMFT - Program Manager for CMMHC School Linked Mental Health program. Tesch has been a SLMH provider in the Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose School District for the past 14 years.)

    This presentation will identify strategies for supporting good mental health and building resiliency for managing stress in daily living. It will also provide an overview of warning signs and symptoms of mental health concerns and when to seek  treatment. Therapists will provide information on community support and resources.

Vendor fair
Representatives from a variety of agencies will provide information and answer questions about how they can help support individuals and families. Topics include:

  • Community integration
  • County services
  • Recreation and leisure
  • Health and wellness
  • Banking
  • Family services
  • Counseling
  • Disability information pertinent to all disabilities
  • Life planning (guardianship, wills, conservatorship)
  • Post-secondary education and training
  • Independent and semi-independent living skills
  • Insurance/special needs plan
  • Housing and transportation
  • Employment connections

Vendor List

  • A Night To Remember Prom

  • Amanda's Bracelets
  • Autism Allies
  • BHM representatives from early childhood, elementary, middle school and high school

  • BrainyAct by Kinuu
  • Buffalo Food Shelf
  • Central Lakes College Occupational Skills Program Coordinator

  • Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services, Inc.
  • Central Minnesota Mental Health Center

  • Child and Teen Check up Program with WCPH

  • Community Education/Opening Doors

  • Courage Kenny Sports and Recreation

  • DoJo Karate

  • ECFE BHM Schools

  • Employment Specialists

  • Functional Industries

  • Goodwill Career Navigator

  • Looking Forward Life Coaching

  • Mains'L

  • Milestones

  • Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
  • Minnesota Independence College and Community

  • Motivation on Wheels LLC
  • My Path

  • PRIDE Transitions

  • REM

  • Special Needs Planners

  • Special Olympics

  • The Arc Minnesota
  • Trailblazer Transit
  • Wright County Community Action
  • UCare

  • Vocational Rehabilitation Services

  • We Can Ride

BHM Special Services

For more information about Transition Trek+, contact BHM Special Services at 763.682.8715.

Department Vision: Creating educational opportunities that improve student outcomes in an environment where learning has no limits.

Department Purpose and Mission: The Department of Special Services' mission is to work collaboratively to provide appropriate support and services to students from birth to age 21. These services will prepare students to participate in their communities in meaningful ways and achieve their personal post-secondary goals. We do this through providing specialized instruction, integrating research with practice, and providing opportunities where all are included and valued.

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