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Welcome to the Team!

By The LINK Center Team, FCSN – Jennifer Stewart, Becky Rizoli and Leslie M. Leslie

stewartThe LINK Center: Connecting to Your Future welcomes a new Transition Specialist to help lead our transition project. Jennifer Stewart joins the Federation for Children with Special Needs as a former Transition Specialist at EMARC and a 2015 LEND Fellow graduate from the Shriver Center. Jennifer has a Master’s in Public Policy from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado. She brings great experience from both a systems level policy perspective along with information and skills around supporting families through the transition planning process. Jennifer has worked with youth with disabilities over the past ten years in various capacities from providing vocational counseling, supporting families to access resources, developing programming, building system capacity, and researching and evaluating impact. She looks forward to working with many of the families and partners of the Federation for Children with Special Needs to enhance transition information and services in Massachusetts.

The LINK Center team also includes Becky Rizoli as Youth Outreach Specialist and Leslie Leslie as team coordinator. They will connect families and individuals with disabilities (ages 14-26) through individualized technical assistance to education and training, website and list serve resources, and active participation in community based events. The LINK Center will work with statewide agencies and organizations to support effective transition practices.

Make sure to check out the new LINK Center website in early fall (www.fcsn.org/linkcenter) to find new resources and information to better access information around transition. Feel free to connect with the LINK Center to offer feedback or comment on happenings in the field of transition. Information about transition will be offered in new ways to help you access statewide transition information- workshops, webinars, our two-day Planning a Life conferences, social media and the website. We look forward to making sure the LINK Center can connect all youth to their futures.