9th Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference: October 24-25, 2013
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 will be held at Thelma Keller Convention Center in Effingham, Illinois from October 24-25, 2013.
The conference, titled “Stepping Stones of Transition”, will invite 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.
Friday, October 25th concludes the conference and highlights multi-choice Plenary Sessions and Break-Out Sessions in the morning. The conference concludes at 1:00 p.m. For more information see the Conference At A Glance.
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 provides 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.
Detailed information on conference sessions and registration will also be available in the near future in the 2013 Transition Conference Registration booklet. This booklet will be available in PDF format - you will need the Adobe Reader to view, complete and print the document. The Reader is available free from the Adobe web site.
As a benefit to approved presenters, a one day conference registration (for the day of presentation) will be complimentary. Presenters will need to complete and email to Susy Woods the presenter’s information sheet to help with conference planning.
Presenters interested in attending an additional conference day will need to complete registration and submit the one day registration fee. All speakers and presenters are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses.
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 were available to allow you to reach students, parents, teachers, social service and healthcare professionals.
The 2013 Illinois statewide Transition Conference has general exhibits open from Thursday 10/24/13 from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Again this year will also feature a spotlight on Young Adult Entrepreneurial Programs/Student Work Programs.
Participants need to complete the 2013 Exhibitor Prospectus to become an exhibitor, sponsor, or advertiser. The Exhibitor/Sponsorship Contract must be completed and returned by September 1, 2013.
A Welcome Reception will be hosted on Thursday, October 24th, to provide conference participants the opportunity to network with colleagues as well as meet new friends and associates. Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages will be offered in the Exhibit Hall from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Look for more information at the Registration Desk. There will be a cash bar set up outside of the Exhibit Hall during the Welcome Reception.
The goals for the 2013 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 State 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.
9th Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference
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