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

13th Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference:
October 23-24, 2017

Program Information & Session Materials Conference Goals
New this Year: Family Oasis Resource Room Conference Steering Committee
Hotel Accommodations Conference Awards Program

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 Bank of Springfield (BOS) 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: Registration is now closed for this year's conference. The conference agenda can be viewed on the Cvent website.

Introducing the Family Oasis Resource Room!

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.

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Hotel Accommodations

The 2017 Illinois Statewide Transition Conference will be held at the BOS Center which is connected to the President Abraham Lincoln Springfield - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.

Room blocks have been secured at these three (3) hotels for Sunday October 22 and Monday October 23:

President Abraham Lincoln Springfield (deadline for block is October 1)
Group Name: IL Statewide Transition Conference   
Group Code:  IST
701 East Adams Street, Springfield
Room rate is $70 single, $85 double, $100 triple, $115 quad

Wyndham City Centre (deadline for block is October 1)
700 East Adams Street, Springfield
Room rate is $70 single, $85 double

The State House Inn (deadline for block is September 17)
101 East Adams Street, Springfield
Room rate is $70 single, $70 double

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Conference Goals

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:

  • 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 Awards Program

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.

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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

IL Dept. of Human Services - Division of Rehabilitation Services

IL State Board of Education

PACE 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

UIC Division of Specialized Care for Children

UIC Department of Special Education

Work Incentives Planning & Assistance Program/ Illinois Assistive Technology Program (IATP)

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Transition - Planning for the Future

Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference
October 23-24, 2017
Bank of Springfield (BOS) Center
Springfield, Illinois 62701

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

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