13th Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference, October 27-28, 2016

14th Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference:
October 25-26, 2018

Call for Proposals Conference Goals
Program Information Conference Steering Committee
Hotel Accommodations  

2018 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 Westin Chicago Northwest, 400 Park Blvd., Itasca, Illinois from October 25-26, 2018.

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.

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.

Detailed conference information will be posted on this website later this Spring when the conference sessions have been finalized.


Call for Proposals

The Illinois Statewide Transition Conference invites submission of proposals to present at the 2018 Illinois Statewide Transition Conference, Stepping Stones of Transition, to be held October 25-26, 2018 in Itasca, Illinois. Each presenter brings hope, education, and inspires change in people to help those you work with fulfill their potential. Join a myriad of others interested in doing this and also gain new skills at innovative workshops.

Submit a proposal to present and also network with colleagues, experts in other fields and families at this year’s 13th annual Transition conference. The final date for submission of proposals is: March 23, 2018.

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Hotel Accommodations

The 14th Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference will be held at The Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca, Illinois on October 25 & 26, 2018.

A room block for the Transition Conference attendees has been secured for the evenings of Wednesday October 24 and Thursday October 25, 2018:

The Westin Chicago Northwest (deadline for block is September 22)
400 Park Boulevard
Itasca, Illinois 60143

Phone: 630-773-4000 • Hotel Reservations: 888-627-8510

Room rate is $139 single/double/triple.

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Conference Goals

The goals for the 2018 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:

  • Family involvement is a crucial component of successful transition. Parents and families as partners in planning for and delivering transition services is the basis for good and successful transition.

  • Student self‐determination is best defined as the student being the one in charge to determine what is they want. By using transition assessment information and facilitation students’ self-determination it is feasible to develop individualized plans based on their post‐school goals.

  • Interagency collaboration: One of the most important parts of good transition is interagency collaboration. This includes the involvement of community businesses, organizations, and agencies in all aspects of transition‐focused goals.

  • Effective program structures - the efficient and effective delivery of transition‐focused education and services to all transition aged youth is the basis of effective and workable program structures.

  • Transition Resources and funding avenues: Many different resources come into play here. These include such agencies as the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, Social Security, Title I, Title V, and trusts (to mention just a few)

  • The power of leadership: Leadership is about human behavior and thinking outside the box. Both of these are imperative to creating a good transition plan that is workable, doable, and sustainable.

  • The influence of advocacy, policy, and social justice becomes important tools so that what one achieves in their family or their school becomes systemic changes so that all people can benefit and lead better lives. The interaction of practice and policy showcase the need and impact action has on both local and state policies and how this carries over to social justice for everyone.

Target Audience

  • Transition-aged youth/young adults who have a disability
  • Family members
  • Health Care Professionals
  • Caregivers
  • Special Education educators and administrators
  • Vocational Rehabilitation counselors and administrators
  • Advocates
  • Transition Planning Committees

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Conference Steering Committee:

Family Matters Parent Training and Information Center

Family Resource Center on Disability

IL Alliance of Administrators of Special Education

IL Assistive Technology Program

Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities

IL Dept. of Human Services - Division of Rehabilitation Services

IL Department of Mental Health

IL State Board of Education

Options Center for Independent Living

Southern Illinois Case Coordination

Springfield Center for Independent Living (SCIL)

Springfield Public Schools District #186

Statewide Independent Living Council of IL

The Arc of Illinois - Illinois Life Span Program

UIC Division of Specialized Care for Children

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Transition - Planning for the Future

Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference
October 25-26, 2018
The Westin Chicago Northwest
400 Park Blvd.
Itasca, IL 60143

For more information
contact the conference organizers
via email at info@illinoistransitionconference.org

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