10th Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference: October 27-28, 2014
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.
To read more about keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and plenary sessions go to our Registration website. 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. Registration deadline is September 30th.
This one page conference overview provides a quick look at the agenda, timeframes for sessions and other conference events. For more detailed information view the full agenda at the Registration website.
Information on conference sessions, exhibitors list and continuing education details can be found in the 2014 Transition Conference Program book. This booklet is 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.
Register NOW! 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 help those who do not have Internet access get registered. 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.
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.
The 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.
Visit the Conference Registration web site for more information and a link to the Stipend Application:
You now have an opportunity to purchase a conference t-shirt to help support students involved in Ink 186, a vocational skills training program offered through Springfield Public Schools. Each high-quality shirt is professionally printed by and designed by students enrolled in the Ink 186 program. Your purchase supports the program mission to provide meaningful job skills and a successful post-school placement for every student. Just complete the order form and send it in with payment - the shirts will be ready for you to pick up when you arrive at the conference!
Exhibitors will have an opportunity to outreach to over 600 students, families and professionals from across the state on October 27, 2014 from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm. Exhibits are encouraged to register online. Register early the space is limited, deadline is September 17, 2014. For-profit organization booth rental is $175.00 and nonprofit organization booth rental is $100.00. For more information contact Marjorie Olson, 217-524-1379 or Marjorie.Olson@illinois.gov .
Advertising within the Program Book can be purchased. Ad costs range from $60.00 - $160.00. For more information go to our registration site. Your ad will be placed in our program book for outreach to over 600 participants. Advertisement deadline August 1st .
The conference will focus on best practices and how best to promote effective, person-centered
10th Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference
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