The Disability Task Force

In 2013, Senate Bill 5180 established a statewide task force to improve postsecondary transitions for students with disabilities. The Council provides staff support to the task force, including preparation of annual reports to the legislature in December of 2013, 2014, and 2015. Over the next two years, the task force must accomplish the following goals:

1) Transition Process - Make the transition from K-12 education to postsecondary education more seamless and successful

2) Sharing Best Practices - Select a statewide method of sharing best practices between and among K-12 education institutions and postsecondary education institutions

3) Documentation - Review documentation of disabilities at postsecondary education institutions, including developing resources for how school districts, in collaboration with students and their families, can get disability documentation applicable for postsecondary education institutions completed before a student's high school graduation

4) Outreach - Create a plan for how school districts and postsecondary education institutions can improve outreach to students and their families regarding available options in higher education

For full bill text of Senate Bill 5180, please click here.

Reports:

Annual Report to the Legislature (2013)

2014 Meetings:

Friday March 21, 10:00am-2:00pm - Puget Sound ESD

Monday, May 5, 10:00am-2:00pm - State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

Monday, June 9, 10:00am-2:30pm - TBD

Monday, September 15, 10:00am-2:00pm - TBD

Monday, October 6, 10:00am-2:00pm - TBD

Monday, November 7, 10:00am-2:00pm - TBD

Membership List:

Organization

Name

Position

Appointed by:

Office of the Education Ombudsman

Stacy Gillett

Education Ombudsman

Governor’s Office

Washington Access Fund

Jack Brummel

Executive Director

Governor’s Office

NA

Carol Solow Freedman

Citizen

Governor’s Office

NA

Karen DeYoung

Citizen

Governor’s Office

University of Washington Tacoma

Rai Nauman Mumtaz

Student

Governor’s Office

 

TBD

 

Governor’s Office

 

TBD

 

Governor’s Office

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Doug Gill

Director of Special Education

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Kristin Hennessey

Program Supervisor

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Educational Service District 112

Mary Mertz

Associate Superintendent, Specialized Services

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Educational Service District 101

Fran McCarthy

Director, Center for Special Education Services

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Moses Lake School District

Heidi Johnson

Assistant Director for Special Services

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Shelton School District

Cheryl Williams

Board Director

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Lake Washington School District

Paul Vine

Director of Special Education

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Issaquah School District

Marnie Maraldo

Board Director

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

Scott Copeland

Policy Associate, Student Services

 

State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

Green River Community College

Deb Casey

Vice President for Student Affairs

State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

Shoreline Community College

Kim Thompson

Dean of Students

State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

Bellingham Technical College

Mary Gerard

Coordinator for Disability Support Services

State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

Central Washington University

Wendy Holden

Access & Disability Consultant

Council of Presidents

The Evergreen State College

Meredith Inocencio

Director for Access Services

Council of Presidents

University of Washington

Bree Callahan

Director, Disability Resources for Students

Council of Presidents

Council of Presidents

Jane Sherman

Associate Director for Academic Policy

Council of Presidents

Washington State School for the Blind

Lori Pulliam

Director of Transition Services

Washington State School for the Blind

Washington State Center for Childhood Deafness and Hearing Loss

Rick Hauan

Director

Washington State Center for Childhood Deafness and Hearing Loss (formerly State School for the Deaf)

Department of Social and Health Services

Andres Aguirre

Director, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Department of Social and Health Services

Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council

Aaron Morrow

Vice Chair, Council Member

Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council

Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment

Toby Olson

Executive Secretary of the Committee

Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment

Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board

Nova Gattman

Legislative Liaison/Policy Analyst

Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board

Washington Student Achievement Council

Randy Spaulding

Director of Academic Affairs and Policy

Task Force Staff

Washington Student Achievement Council

Anne Messerly

Program Coordinator

Task Force Staff

Washington Student Achievement Council

Mark Bergeson

Associate Director of Academic Affairs and Policy

Task Force Staff