10th Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference, October 24-25, 2013

10th Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference: October 27-28, 2014

Denise Bissonnette's Keynote Presentation:

Beyond Barriers to Passion and Possibility

Patrick Schwarz's Keynote Presentation:

Here's What We Really Need to do for an Effective Transition and It's Not What You Think

Keynote: Denise Bissonnette's Presentation Materials

Denise Bissonnette gave the opening keynote address drawing on her experiences and deep reservoir of work assisting individuals from marginalized populations to find their reightful place in the work world. She challenged attendees to stretch their thinking, question their assumptions and turn their traditional way of looking at themselves, their students and the world on its head! Denise presented practical tips for applying "possibility thinking" to the work with students with disabilities and equipped attendees with new questions and a fresh perspective to move beyond barriers in thinking about what students have to offer the work world and what the work world has to offer them.

Beyond Barriers presentation

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Keynote: Patrick Schwarz's Presentation Materials

Patrick Schwarz gave the Tuesday opening address on "What We Really Need to do for an Effective Transition and It's Not What You Think. Mr. Schwarz discussed the longitudinal transitional practices from school to post-school including definitions, key players, when to start and other important information. He shared real-life learner examples and guided attendees into creating a plan for an authentic and meaningful individual application that can be utilized immediately.

Effective Transition presentation

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The 10th 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 the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Springfield, Illinois from October 27-28, 2014.

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.

Tuesday, October 28th 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.


Conference Steering Committee:

Centers for Independent Living:

  • Impact
  • LINC Incorporated
  • Springfield Center for Independent Living

Family Matters Parent Training and Information Center

IL Alliance of Administrators of Special Education

IL Assistive Technology Program

IL Dept. of Human Services

IL Dept. of Human Services - Division of Rehabilitation Services

IL Interagency Coordinating Council

Il State Advisory Council on the Education of Children with Disabilities

Southern Illinois University, Technical Assistance and Continuing Education Center (TACE), Region 5

Springfield Public Schools District #186

Statewide Independent Living Council of IL

UIC Specialized Care for Children

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Transition - Planning for the Future

9th Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference
October 24-25, 2013
Thelma Keller Convention Center
Effingham, Illinois

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

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