About the 2018 Conference

The 14th 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 October 25-26, 2018 at:

The Westin Chicago Northwest
400 Park Blvd.
Itasca, Illinois

To read more about the conference and to register go to: http://www.cvent.com/d/mtqvxz

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This year’s mobile app is going to be awesome! Please remember to download the app in advance. Stay tuned for the mobile app release details and more info on how you can use the app to enhance your event experience.

We teamed up to build an app that will make this years’ experience a lot more valuable for our attendees, exhibitors, and speakers. This app will include networking, schedules, social media and much more at the palm of your hand!

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Download the Conference Mobile App Before You Leave Home!

Here are just a few benefits and reasons why you don’t want to miss out on the app:

  • Access the event schedule and customize your agenda with personal appointments
  • See all the speakers, read their bios, and view their presentations
  • Check out the exhibitors and locate their booths more easily through an interactive map
  •  Get important updates and exciting offers through the app through Push Notifications
  • See who’s attending and share contact information by networking with other attendees

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.

The conference will focus on best practices in promoting effective, person-centered transition planning that addresses all aspects of adult life for youth with disabilities.  Conference Sessions are offered in the following four tracks:

Education: Instructional delivery models, accommodations and modifications, program development, evidence based practices, advocacy, and/or other resources for transition age youth receiving services in secondary, post-secondary settings, adult service agencies or community based organizations

Health Care: This health track offered on Thursday is intended for pediatric and adult providers and others who play a role in transition. The initial breakout sessions will included generalized talks about the transition process including the core elements of health care transition and social determinants of health impacting youth self-efficacy and resiliency, (session A3, A4 & A10). The next breakout sessions will focus on condition-specific research on community participation and condition specific transition models of care (session B3, B4, & B7). The final breakouts for Day 1 will focus on transition tools and trainings that patients and providers can use (session C4, C5, & C10). Lastly, the Health Plenary session (D1) will bring together both pediatric and adult providers to build capacity and supports for improving transition outcomes for youth with special care needs/disabilities.

Community: Independent living skills such as getting an apartment, preparing to live as independently as possible, community based-instruction, recreation and leisure, healthcare, financial literacy, online etiquette, community participation and personal safety in public and giving back (volunteering).

Employment: Competitive/integrated employment opportunities, hiring people with disabilities, internships and job shadowing experiences for high school students, partnerships between high schools, colleges, VR agency, employers, nonprofits, workforce development boards, students and their families, and programs improving employment opportunities for in school and out of school youth. Emphasis on youth and how they can appropriately advocate for themselves both on the job and before the job is encouraged.

Thursday, October 25th features a variety of multi-choice Break-Out Sessions throughout the day. Friday, October 26th concludes the conference and highlights multi-choice Plenary Sessions and Break-Out Sessions in the morning.

The goals for the 14th Annual Transition conference are to promote effective, person-centered transition planning to address all aspects of adult life for youth with disabilities.