Join Us for the 12th Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference:
2016 Conference Information
This year's 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 Thelma Keller Hotel & Convention Center, Effingham, Illinois from October 27-28, 2016.
You are encouraged to register early and pay online with a credit card to ensure your full participation. This conference is open to the first 500 individuals that register or until September 23, 2016 whichever comes first!
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 27th features a variety of multi-choice Break-Out Sessions throughout the day. Friday, October 28th concludes the conference and highlights multi-choice Plenary Sessions and Break-Out Sessions in the morning. The conference concludes at 1:00 p.m.
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 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!
Sponsor Involvement levels include:
You can also purchase an advertisement for the Program Book. Ads are available in four sizes.
To purchase and submit an advertisement, click on the "Click Here to Register" button and register as an Advertiser.
For more information on any of these sponsorship opportunities contact Tara at email@example.com or 217-744-7777.
Here is what you need to know about your participation in this year’s Transition Conference:
The Exhibit Hall will be open for you to set up on Wednesday, October 27th 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 – 5:00 pm on Thursday, October 27th. As a courtesy to the registrants and your fellow exhibitors, we request adherence to the opening and closing hours.
What You Get:
As a paid Exhibitor you will receive:
To become a sponsor, an exhibitor or to purchase ad space click on the "Click Here to Register" button and register as a Exhibitor/Sponsor/Advertiser.
Deadline for purchase of an advertisement and exhibitor booths is August 29, 2016.
The goals for the 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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference
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