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Michael Johnson, M.Ed.

Michael D. Johnson, M.Ed., has spent more than 28 years working in the field of special education, dealing with students from families ranging in age from 12-21. His experiences have focused on building social/prevocational and vocational programs for a broad range of disabled students. Michael has spent more than seventeen years working with behaviorally disturbed students and families in his local school district in Springfield, Oregon. His familiarity with agencies that support BD students includes working relationships with Vocational Rehabilitation and Juvenile counselors, Mental Health caseworkers, and Corrections/Parole officers. He also works as a technical assistance coordinator at the University of Oregon, providing expertise and support to teachers, administrators, and adult agency staff who are involved in a nationally recognized school-to-work program, the Oregon Youth Transition Program, which has promoted his participation in the publication of the NEXT S.T.E.P. curriculum, a practical approach to empowering students in the transition process. He has also coauthored articles for nationally recognized journals on alternative strategies for delivering services to disabled students.