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

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

Registration Information Conference Goals
New this Year: Family Oasis Resource Room Conference Steering Committee
Exhibitor & Sponsor Opportunities Scholarship Opportunities
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 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.

Registration Deadline: The deadline for online registration is September 15, 2017. September 8, 2017 is the deadline for paper registration submissions.

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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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.

The conference agenda can be viewed on the Cvent website.

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Become an Exhibitor or Sponsor

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:
10/23/17 – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
10/24/17 – 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

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 28, 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.

If you have any questions please contact us via email for the quickest response at: lstrode@iltech.org or rrichard@iltech.org

Become a 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!

Involvement levels include:

  • $500-$999: 1/2 page ad, 2 lunches
  • $1,000+: full page ad, and 4 lunches

Become an Advertiser

You can 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, go to the conference registration website and click on the "Click Here to Register" button at the bottom of the page to register as an Advertiser.

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

Deadline for purchase of an advertisement and exhibitor booths is August 28, 2017.

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Hotel Accommodations

The 2017 Illinois Statewide Transition Conference will be held at the Prairie Capital Convention 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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Scholarship Opportunities for Parents, Students & Families

There are two (2) scholarship opportunities available to parents, students and families through The Transition Conference Committee and the Arc of Illinois.

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.

The Arc of Illinois and Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities Consumer Involvement Program also offer funds to enable people with developmental disabilities and their family members to attend conferences. Call Leeann at 815-464-1832 to learn more about this assistance or visit their website for more information.

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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
Prairie Capital Convention Center
Springfield, Illinois 62701

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

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