13th Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference: October 23-24, 2017
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.
The Illinois Statewide Transition Conference invites submissions of proposals to present at the 2017 Illinois Statewide Transition Conference, Stepping Stones of Transition, to be held October 23-24, 2017 in Springfield, Illinois. Each of you brings hope, education, and inspires change in people to find the courage 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: April 3, 2017.
Conference participants are strongly encouraged to register using the Illinois Transition Conference online registration that will soon be available. "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.
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 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:
Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference
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