12th Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference, October 27-28, 2016

Join Us for the 12th Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference:
October 27-28, 2016

Registration Information Conference Goals
Exhibitor & Sponsor Opportunities Financial Support
  Conference Steering Committee

2016 Conference Information

This year's Annual 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 Thelma Keller Hotel & Convention Center, Effingham, Illinois from October 27-28, 2016.

You are encouraged to register early and pay online with a credit card to ensure your full participation. This conference is open to the first 500 individuals that register or until September 23, 2016 whichever comes first!

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 will be organized into 4 tracks: Education, Employment, Community and Healthcare.

Thursday, October 27th features a variety of multi-choice Break-Out Sessions throughout the day. Friday, October 28th concludes the conference and highlights multi-choice Plenary Sessions and Break-Out Sessions in the morning. The conference concludes at 1:00 p.m.

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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.

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Become an Exhibitor or Sponsor

The unique opportunity to help offset the cost of speaker fees and/or registration fees for individuals and groups is again being offered for your consideration. Your contribution as a sponsor will help ensure students and families have access to current transition resources in our state!

Sponsor Involvement levels include:

  • $500-$750: Free booth, ¼ page ad, 2 lunches
  • $751-$999: Free booth, ½ page ad, 2 lunches
  • $1,000+: Free exhibit booth, full page ad, and 4 lunches

You can also purchase an advertisement for the Program Book. Ads are available in four sizes.

  • Business Card Ad (3.5" wide x 2" high) $50.00
  • 1/4 Page Ad (3.75" wide x 5" high) $80.00
  • 1/2 Page Ad (7.5" x 5" high) $110
  • Full Page Ad (7.5" x 10" high) $180

To purchase and submit an advertisement, click on the "Click Here to Register" button and register as an Advertiser.

For more information on any of these sponsorship opportunities contact Tara at tara@silcofillinois.org or 217-744-7777.

Would you like to purchase exhibit space?

Here is what you need to know about your participation in this year’s Transition Conference:

  • Young Entrepreneur Exhibit Booth Rental $50.00
  • Non-Profit Organization Booth Rental $165.00
  • For-Profit Organization Booth Rental $250.00


The Exhibit Hall will be held in Ballroom A at the Thelma Keller Convention Center, 1202 North Keller Drive, Effingham, IL 62401 (217-347-5115).


The Exhibit Hall will be open for you to set up on Wednesday, October 27th between 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm and on Thursday, October 29th at 7:00 am.


The Exhibit Hall will be 1 full day event from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm on Thursday, October 27th. As a courtesy to the registrants and your fellow exhibitors, we request adherence to the opening and closing hours.

What You Get:

As a paid Exhibitor you will receive:

  • one 8” skirted table
  • 2 folding chairs
  • 2 lunches (additional lunches may be purchased)
  • Internet access
  • Electricity

To become a sponsor, an exhibitor or to purchase ad space click on the "Click Here to Register" button and register as a Exhibitor/Sponsor/Advertiser.

Deadline for purchase of an advertisement and exhibitor booths is August 29, 2016.

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Conference Goals

The goals for the 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.

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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

Financial Support:

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 tara@silcofillinois.org.

Scholarships are also available through the Arc of Illinois Consumer Involvement Program; call 815-464-1832 for information about the Arc of Illinois program or visit their website at www.thearcofil.org.

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Conference Steering Committee:

Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago

Family Matters Parent Training and Information Center

Family Resource Center on Disability

IL Alliance of Administrators of Special Education

IL Assistive Technology Program

IL Dept. of Human Services - Division of Rehabilitation Services

IL State Board of Education


Opportunities for Access

Southern Illinois Case Coordination

Springfield Public Schools District #186

Statewide Independent Living Council of IL

UIC Division of Specialized Care for Children

UIC Department of Special Education

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Transition - Planning for the Future

Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference
October 27-28, 2016
Thelma Keller Hotel & Convention Center
Effingham, Illinois 62471

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

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