9th Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference: October 24-25, 2013
Dr. Martin gave the opening keynote address and provided meaningful information on Transition assessments as a mechanism to determine transition interests, strengths, needs and a summary of performance to help determine postsecondary and annual transition goals. His session included a framework that can be used to conceptualize the transition assessment process and a set of questions that participants could use to determine postsecondary and annual transition goals. Dr. Martin's handouts are provided below in PDF format. (The Adobe Reader, available free from the Adobe web site, is needed to view and print PDF files.)
Dale DiLeo gave the Friday opening address on The Power of Work in Transition: Innovations to Make Employment a Reality. Mr. DiLeo discussed how to make employment happen through assessments, supports and all the other things needed to get the student from Step A (wanting to work) to Step Z (being employed and having a career and being successful at it).
Presenters: Christine Putlak, Melinda Remaly and Amy Eckert.
Description: Illinois special educators that specialize in transition planning will present as a panel their expertise in developing and writing meaningful, compliant transition plans. Topics discussed will include focusing on student input, assessment, and development of realistic and attainable goals and the process of completing the plan within the IEP.
Dr. Parag Shah, Sarah O'Connor and Rebecca Boudos provided a very informative session on The Affordable Health Care Act and Health Care Transition that provided a review of the changes brought about by the Accountable Care Act as they relate to young adults, including effects on insurance options and costs. They also discussed unique populations such as institutionalized youth, dependent adult children and documented and undocumented immigrants. Their presentation provided insight into trends in health care delivery that affect families.
The 9th Annual Transition Conference for high school aged students 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 was held at Thelma Keller Convention Center in Effingham, Illinois from October 24-25, 2013.
The conference, titled “Stepping Stones of Transition”, invited 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 were organized into 4 tracks: Education, Employment, Community and Healthcare.
Friday, October 25th concluded the conference and highlighted multi-choice Plenary Sessions and Break-Out Sessions in the morning. For more information see the Conference At A Glance.
9th Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference
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