The Auburn Transition Leadership Institute provides AU students with pre-service practicum, internship, and other applied experiences (paid or unpaid) in research, outreach, and/or instruction. Students develop leadership skills by working closely with state and national leaders as transition practices and policies are formulated. They also gain first-hand outreach experiences through the delivery of professional development training in transition (TNT) and working on-site with transition practitioners in local communities. Students also conduct research in transition and learn how to effectively connect theory to practice as they provide instruction to Auburn University students in traditional and distance education web-based classrooms.

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The Auburn Transition Leadership Institute provides research and analysis services that contribute to the evaluation or assessment and eventual improvement of transition programs. These services are applied to state program indicator data and state training activities, state and federal grant projects, and other pilot activities. Currently, the Institute’s major research activities include the collection, and reporting of state indicator data regarding post-school student outcomes and parent involvement. This year marks the first time that all of the Institute’s major data collection activities are being conducted online, using web-based survey instruments.


The outreach activities of Auburn Transition Leadership Institute provide professional development for transition practitioners throughout Alabama and the southeastern United States, as well as personal development for youth and young adults of transition age, their parents and advocates. These conferences, training courses, and self-development activities use the considerable resources of Auburn University in collaboration with the Alabama Department of Education, the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, other state agencies, federal agencies, and national centers that focus on issues related to the improvement of outcomes for youth with disabilities. Over 1200 teachers, vocational rehabilitation counselors, job coaches, mental health and disability program representatives, advocates, students, and family members engage in ATLI outreach events throughout a typical academic year.


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Last Updated: August 24, 2021