11th Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference, October 24-25, 2013

Join Us for the 11th Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference: October 29-30, 2015


Registration Information Conference Goals
Exhibitor Registration Financial Support
Welcome Reception Conference Steering Committee

2015 Conference Information

The 11th Annual 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 Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, 2233 South Martin Luther King Drive in Chicago, Illinois from October 29-30, 2015.

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.

Thursday, October 29th features keynote speaker Steve Hopkins, co-founder of 3E Love, and multi-choice Break-Out Sessions with a Welcome Reception at the end of the day. Friday, October 30th concludes the conference and highlights multi-choice Plenary Sessions and Break-Out Sessions in the morning. The conference concludes at 1:00 p.m.

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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.

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Exhibitor Registration

Do you want to reach over 800 participants who are interested in helping create active, productive lives for young people with disabilities? A limited number of exhibit spaces are available to allow you to reach students, parents, teachers, social service and healthcare professionals. As an Exhibitor you have the opportunity to reach hundreds of special education and healthcare professionals, social service providers, students and parents.

Here is what you need to know about your participation in this year’s Transition Conference:


Youth Entrepreneurial Booth $50
Non-Profit Organization $125
For-Profit Organization $200


The Exhibit Hall will be held in Prairie at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, 2233 South Martin Luther King Drive, Chicago, IL 60616 (312-567-1234).


The Exhibit Hall will be open for you to set up on Wednesday, October 28th between 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm and on Thursday, October 29th at 7:00 am.


The Exhibit Hall will be 1 full day event from 8:00 am – 6:30 pm on Thursday, October 29th.

What You Get:

As a paid Exhibitor you will receive one 8” skirted table and 2 folding chairs.

Internet access and Electricity are available through the Hyatt Regency at a cost to those who have indicated they require these services.

Participants need to complete the 2015 Exhibitor Registration to become an exhibitor, sponsor, or advertiser.

Welcome Reception

A Welcome Reception will be hosted on Thursday, October 29th, to provide conference participants the opportunity to network with colleagues as well as meet new friends and associates. Appetizers and beverages will be offered from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. There will also be a cash bar available.

Conference Goals

The goals for the 2015 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.

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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

Financial Support:

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.

Scholarships are also available through the Arc of Illinois Consumer Involvement Program; call 815-464-1832 for information about the Arc of Illinois program or visit their website at www.thearcofil.org.

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Conference Steering Committee:

Family Matters Parent Training and Information Center

Family Resource Center on Disabilities

IL Alliance of Administrators of Special Education

IL Assistive Technology Program

IL Dept. of Human Services - Division of Rehabilitation Services

Il State Advisory Council on the Education of Children with Disabilities

IL State Board of Education

Springfield Public Schools District #186

Statewide Independent Living Council of IL

UIC Division of Specialized Care for Children

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Transition - Planning for the Future

11 th Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference
October 29-30, 2015
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
Chicago, Illinois

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

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