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.
Conference participants are strongly encouraged to register using the Illinois Transition Conference online registration which will be available May 1st. "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 2014 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.
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The conference will focus on best practices and how best to promote effective, person-centered
transition planning that addresses all aspects of adult life for youth with disabilities. Conference
participants will discover practical and evidence-based strategies related to the following:
- Family involvement
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
- Student self-determination
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
- 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
- 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
Advocacy, policy, and social justice become 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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- Transition-aged youth/young adults who have a disability
- Family members
- Health Care Professionals
- Special Education educators and administrators
- Vocational Rehabilitation counselors and administrators
- Transition Planning Committees
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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The Adobe Reader, available free from
the Adobe web site, is needed to view and print PDF files.
Check with FAE
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