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 will be held at The Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Springfield, Illinois from October 27-28, 2014.
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 will be organized into 4 tracks: Education, Employment, Community and Healthcare.
Call for Presentations
Please complete the Call for Presentations form and submit it by March 15, 2014. The conference accepts electronic submissions only. Notification of those accepted will be sent out the week of April 1, 2014.
Presenters should submit proposals for presentations that address one of the following objectives:
- Research based or evidence based practices or strategies related to one of the conference strands.
- Provide youth, families and professionals with the knowledge, skills and ability to assist in making transition to adulthood in a manner that (1) maximizes lifelong functioning and potential and (2) overcomes challenges and barriers.
- Highlight lessons learned, present models for successful student-directed, person-centered transition planning and service delivery, educate and promote the importance of the transition process and establish high expectations to enable each youth to be contributing members of society.
- Provide systemic solutions to expand the possibilities of ensuring all young adults have opportunities to learn and develop skills, participate in community life, and live and work in a setting of their choosing.
As a benefit to approved speakers, a one day conference registration (for the day of presentation) will be complimentary. However all speakers and presenters are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses.
All speakers will be required to register online under the applicable registration category. Presenters interested in attending additional conference days will need to register and submit the registration fee.
All break-out sessions will last 75 minutes and Plenary sessions will last 90 minutes. The following criteria will be used in selecting proposals:
- Interactive format which allows participants to demonstrate skills or implement knowledge learned
- Participation of youth, and/or adults with disabilities as presenters
- Potential for practical application and to attract and stimulate attendees
- Inclusion of innovative ideas or concepts, which demonstrate originality and creativity in content and format
- Clarity, organization, feasibility, and degree to which the proposal addresses the purpose of the conference
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Centers for Independent Living:
- LINC Incorporated
- Opportunities for Access
Family Matters Parent Training
and Information Center
IL Alliance of Administrators of Special Education
IL Assistive Technology
of Human Services
Interagency Coordinating Council
State Advisory Council on the Education of Children with Disabilities
Southwest Cook County Cooperative Association for Special Education
Living Council of IL
Southern Illinois University, Technical Assistance and Continuing Education Center (TACE), Region 5
Technical Assistance and Continuing Education (TACE) Center Region 5
UIC Specialized Care for Children
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