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

Conference registration will open on Friday, May 18th – mark your Calendar now so that you don’t miss the opportunity to register and attend.   Conference sessions fill up quickly so register early to make sure you get in to the sessions you prefer.

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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: Core elements of health care transition, patient, family and provider skills necessary to transition from pediatric to adult health care, integrating health and personal goals to maximize lifelong functioning and potential, and efficacious interventions to improve health care transition outcomes.

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.

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