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 Prairie Capital Convention 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: The deadline for online registration is September 15, 2017. September 8, 2017 is the deadline for paper registration submissions.
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.
Conference participants are strongly encouraged to register using the Illinois Transition Conference online registration. "Go Green" and help conference planners take eco-friendly steps to better our environment by registering online and eliminating paper registration forms. A limited number of hard copy registration booklets will be made available by request only to those that do not have internet access. Contact Family Matters at 866-436-7842.
The registration web site will provide details about the conference plenary sessions and agenda with specifics on each of the breakout sessions. Space is limited and breakout sessions have limited capacity on a first come basis. So register early to ensure admission to your top choice sessions.
The conference agenda can be viewed on the Cvent website.
IATP’s Statewide disABILITY EXPO 2017 is being held in conjunction with the Statewide Transition Conference at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield on October 23rd from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and October 24th from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
The Illinois Assistive Technology Program invites you to have a vendor booth at IATP’s Statewide disAbility Expo being held October 23 & 24, 2017 in conjunction with the Statewide Transition Conference. The Expo and the Conference are in Springfield, IL at the Convention Center.
The hours of the Expo are:
Teachers, DRS counselors, students, parents and other service providers attend the Statewide Transition Conference every year. The conference anticipates 700 to 800 participants this year. The Expo is also open to the public so we expect an attendance of approximately 1000 to 1200.
This is an excellent opportunity to reach educators, professionals, families and others outside of the Chicago area.
The vendor application includes information about booth configuration and placement, as well as sponsorship opportunities.
Exhibit Registration is due by August 1, 2017. Exhibit fees vary based on booth size and placement. The exhibit fee includes a draped booth with a skirted table and chairs, an identification sign, lunch the first day and breakfast the second day. Exhibit fees may be paid by check or purchase order.
The 2017 Illinois Statewide Transition Conference will be held at the Prairie Capital Convention 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:
There are two (2) scholarship opportunities available to parents, students and families through The Transition Conference Committee and the Arc of Illinois.
The Transition Conference Committee has made provisions for a limited number of scholarships for parents and students who need financial assistance. These funds are available on a first come, first serve basis. This scholarship can be used for needed conference related expenses including registration, hotel, transportation and/or a personal attendant. To apply, please contact Tara Dunning of the Statewide Independent Living Council of Illinois (SILC) at 217-744-7777 or email@example.com.
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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