For young adults with diverse abilities and their families, many support systems can be found in Central Oregon. At the same time, finding your way through the options can be a real challenge! There’s a lot to learn about life after high school.

For those of us who learn best by listening (and for the rest of us who just love a good podcast) a new resource will come online this January. The Oregon Transition Podcast (OTP) will explore the opportunities, events, and services that can help a student transition into adult life.


Real people with real stories

Every episode aims to shine a light on a topic that is important to transition students. Listeners hear insights from teachers, experts, and best of all—students and families, who share their experiences, challenges, and successes.

“We feature real people with real stories across Oregon” said Nicole Perdue, at the Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation office in Bend. Nicole is part of the podcast team, and sees the podcast’s wide appeal. “There are so many people that are part of the transition network, and we hope to create connections between them.”

The first episode begins with the idea of transition, and talks about what it means for students. Episode #2 dives into options for summer work programs. In March, the podcast team will record an episode live at the Oregon Transition Conference. Future episodes will cover self-advocacy, and how rural jobs compare to urban job opportunities.


Share your story…and your music!

The podcast will use a different song for each episode, and Perdue hopes to add original music created by students. Any transition student can submit their song by email to Also, any listener who has a story idea that they’d like to suggest can contact the podcast team by email or through the Oregon Transition Podcast Facebook page.

Listen to the trailer on