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The Transition Academy (TTA) hosted its first-ever KC DiversAbility College and Career Fair on April 14th, 2022. This ground-breaking effort brought together college recruiters, employers, entrepreneurs, and benefits experts all under one roof to help people with disabilities see the possibilities in their future. The fair earned several media mentions both before the fair took place as well as afterward. 


TTA founder Kim Riley was featured on Up To Date with Steve Kraske. The interview covers Kim’s inspiration for The Transition Academy, and how she and her son struggled to find a good fit for him after high school. She felt students with disabilities needed more support transitioning out of their life within the school system, which is the only world they’d ever known. The segment also features interviews with two students who found their own paths. Johnny Gordon went to college and is in a teacher residency and Jonah Taylor’s dad Tony talked about helping him start his own vending machine business. 

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‘DiversAbility’ in Kansas City offers post-high school choices for students with disabilities 


The first ever KC DiversAbility College and Career Fair was also featured on an interview segment on KSHB Channel 41 news. 

Watch that interview here: 

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Fox 4’s Matt Stewart did live shots for the morning news interviewing Kim Riley and a Central High School student who was planning to attend the college and career fair. 

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Kansas City Star

The Kansas City Star also featured a preview story about the fair, helping to spread the word about the services and resources available at the fair. 

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Kansas City Beacon 

The Beacon sent a photographer and a reporter to the fair and published this detailed report. They spoke to Kim about the inspiration for the fair and talked to people about what brought them to the fair. The article also offers details about resources available to support students and adults as they look at their possibilities and opportunities after high school. 

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College. Work. Starting a business. KC grads with disabilities have options