13th Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference:
2017 Conference Information
The Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference for transition aged youth and young adults with disabilities, their family members and teachers, vocational professionals, caregivers, health care professionals, college students pursuing careers in special education and community advocates will be held at the Bank of Springfield (BOS) Center, Springfield, Illinois from October 23-24, 2017.
The conference, titled “Stepping Stones of Transition”, invites participants to imagine the possibilities for students with disabilities in the areas of independent living, education and training, employment, community integration, health care, and self-advocacy.
Conference sessions are organized into 4 tracks: Education, Employment, Community and Healthcare.
Monday, October 23rd features a variety of multi-choice Break-Out Sessions throughout the day. Tuesday, October 24th concludes the conference and highlights multi-choice Plenary Sessions and Break-Out Sessions in the morning.
Registration Deadline: Registration is now closed for this year's conference. The conference agenda can be viewed on the Cvent website.
Everyone has something to share ~ so please find your way to the Family Oasis to relax and perhaps meet a parent who knows of just the resource you need! Join us in the Family Oasis Room located in the V.I.P. Room anytime you are free, This room will be staffed by "veteran" family members who have experienced transition.
The 2017 Illinois Statewide Transition Conference will be held at the BOS Center which is connected to the President Abraham Lincoln Springfield - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.
The goals for the 2017 Illinois Statewide Transition Conference are to promote effective, person-centered transition planning to address all aspects of adult life for youth with disabilities. Conference participants will discover practical and evidence-based (proven) strategies related to:
Nominate someone you know who is deserving of any of the following awards:
Student of the Year: This award will be given to a youth/young adult (14 – 26 years of age) who has successfully achieved his/her transition planning goals to become more independent in adulthood, a self-advocate and a good role model for others.
Outstanding Transition or Vocational Program: This award will be given to a program that is outstanding in not only what it provides the students but in the outcomes of those students.
Outstanding Transition Specialist Working with Out of School Youth/Young Adults: This award will be given to an outstanding adult service provider who thinks outside the box and has demonstrated extraordinary work for and with youth and young adults that have exited the school system.
Outstanding Transition Specialist Working with In-School Youth/Young Adults: This award will be given to a Transition Specialist (working in a school or community/state agency providing transition services and expertise and not necessarily holding the title of transition specialist) who thinks outside the box and has demonstrated extraordinary work for and with students with disabilities still receiving services through the school system.
Winners will be announced on Monday, October 23rd, during the Luncheon.
Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference
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