13th Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference:
October 23-24, 2017
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2017 Conference Details
The 2017 conference agenda is jam packed with informative sessions about best practices in transition planning, services, and outcomes. Conference participants will be able to attend a diverse variety of conference sessions on
Monday, October 23rd. Monday will also include the Illinois Assistive Technology Program's Statewide disAbility Expo 2017 which will be open both days of the conference. The list of exhibitors can be found in the Conference Program Book.
Both days will also feature the Family Oasis Resource Room in the V.I.P. Room. Conference attendees can drop by the Family Oasis Room anytime to relax and meet and talk with colleagues and family members who have already experienced transition.
On Tuesday, October 24th, the conference will offer a diverse variety of break-out
sessions and include the Illinois Assistive Technology Program Expo. The afternoon will again include a variety of break-out sessions on various topics. Tuesday, the final day of the conference, will offer concurrent plenary sessions for each conference track.
This year, in an effort to enhance your conference experience by having digital access to conference and session information while also being environmentally friendly, we will be incorporating a mobile app for your personal devices (iPhone, Android, iPad, Laptop) to help eliminate some of the paper and handouts. You can find the mobile app for your personal devices in the Apple and iTunes app store by searching for "Crowd Compass Attendee Hub". Once you have downloaded the app you will need to search for the Illinois Statewide Transition Conference.
on conference sessions is also available on the Illinois Transition Conference online registration website.
Monday Keynote Speaker: Holly and Eileen Forlenza
This powerful keynote presentation features Holly Forlenza and her mom Eileen who will challenge attendees to Step into Your Greatness - A Family's Journey of Empowerment. In 2012, Holly published a book titled "Just Because I Can't Talk, Doesn't Mean I Don't Have Anything to Say!". Inspired by each other, Holly and Eileen have encouraged audiences across the country to see the world through the lens of possibility. A nationally recognized speaker, leader and author, Eileen has been a public speaker for over twenty years but Holly's recent ability to communicate via facilitated communication has changed the story! This powerful message provides critical lessons about goal setting, partnerships, communication and engagement.
Following this presentation, attendees will have increased their knowledge about:
- Recognize why integrated, inclusive and supportive communities support a successful transition
- Explain the three distinct levels of youth and family leadership
- Describe the unexpected potential of dignified risk taking
- Illustrate embracing a non-traditional micro-business to support successful transition
Tuesday Keynote Speaker: Matthew Cohen
Mr. Cohen will share his insights on Transition Planning - Lessons My Son Taught Me. In this presentation he will address how to determine priorities for the student, engage them, their family and the team in the process and to move the system beyond business as usual to meeting each person's real life needs. He will discuss:
- Express ways to determine transition priorities
- Discuss moving the system beyond business as usual to meeting each person's real life needs
- Discuss setting realistic expectations/goals with the YSHCN/planning team
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Conference Sessions and Materials/Handouts
A one page overview of the Conference Agenda, including daily schedules, is now available. This file 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. If you need documents in another format please contact Tara Dunning at at firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-744-7777.
Detailed information on conference sessions and the accompanying session materials are provided here and organized based on the date and time of the conference session. Materials will be added as received by the presenters so check back if the materials you want have not yet been posted. Remember to print and bring your session handouts with you to the conference.
Monday, October 23
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM: Keynote Address by Holly & Eileen Forlenza: Step Into Your Greatness - A Family's Journey of Empowerment
10:30 AM to 11:45 AM:
Aqua 1: Digital Leadership in Transition Programs - A Risk Worth Taking
Aqua 2: What are my Housing Options When I Leave School?
Aqua 3: Blue Prints - Laying the Foundation for the Yellow Brick Road
Aqua 4: Living Independently with Chronic Health Conditions
Aqua 5: Discovering Where Disability Meets Opportunity
Aqua 6: College Connections - Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Aqua 7: SSI, SSDI, HFS - Understanding the Alphabet Soup of Government Benefits
Aqua 8: Promoting IEP Participation and Self-Determination for Students with ASD and ID
Aqua 9: Assessing Independent Living Skills
Aqua 10: Part 1 Beyond Compliance - Transition Rich, Evidence Based Transition Planning (Addendum: Handouts)
12:00 PM to 1:15 PM: Lunch and Awards Presentation
1:30 PM to 2:45 PM:
Brown 1: Working? What Transition Aged Youth Need to Know
Brown 2: Alternatives to Guardianship as well as Types of Guardianships
Brown 3: Soft Skills for College and Employment
Brown 4: Mobile Technology and Apps to Support Independence in Employment Settings
Brown 5: Funding for Assistive Technology
Brown 6: Set your PACE - Student Self-Determination in the Real World
Brown 7: Government Benefits - Advanced
Brown 8: Transition Resources - How Programs at the Arc of Illinois Can Help (English) (Spanish)
Brown 9: My Life, My Choice
Brown 10: Part 2 Beyond Compliance - Transition Rich, Evidence Based Transition Planning (Addendum: Handouts)
3:15 PM to 4:30 PM
Coral 1: Self-Empowerment - Enhancing Independence
Coral 2: ABLE Accounts, a New "Tool" in Special Needs Planning
Coral 3: A Guide to Evaluating Student Assistive Technology and Employment Readiness Skills
Coral 4: Building Skills to Reach Transition Milestones
Coral 5: Using Podcasting and New Media to Educate Students
Coral 6: Why Can't You Understand Me - Living with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Coral 7: The PAT Academy - Our Journey to an 18-21 year old Transition Program
Coral 8: Immigrant Updates You Need for Transition Planning
Coral 9: Should Sex Education be Part of the Transition Plan?
Coral 10: Let's Focus on the Whole Person - Where are They Now? Where are They Going?
Coral 11: "Appropriately Ambitious" Transition Planning
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Tuesday, October 24
8:30 AM to 9:45 AM
Denim 1: Getting Ready for Employment - WIOA Pre-Employment Services & the IEP Transition Team
Denim 2: Know Your Options - How we Live in the Community
Denim 3: Putting It All Together - New Horizons for IPS Supported Employment
Denim 4: Medical Transition - A Family Perspective
Denim 5: Creating Social, Professional & Community Partnerships with Neighboring Transition Programs
Denim 6: Expect the ExtraOrdinary - Breaking Down Barriers of Discrimination
Denim 7: Supporting Youth Transition through Transportation & Mobility Connections
Denim 8: Developing a Comprehensive Continuum of Tiered Experiences for Transition-Age Students
Denim 9: Positive Character Traits Count
Denim 10: Promoting Self-Determination in Education Planning for Youth with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities
10:00 AM to 11:05 AM: Keynote Address by Matt Cohen: Transition Planning - Lessons My Son Taught Me
11:30 AM to 12:45 PM Plenary Sessions
Plenary 1: READY Highlights and Best Practices for your Classroom
Plenary 2: Transition Success Stories
Plenary 3: Functional Transition Assessments 101
Plenary 4: The 6 Core Elements of Health Care Transition and Why It Should Matter to Young Adults
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Continuing Education Units
Refer to additional information and requirements for the particular continuing education credit in the Conference Program book and at the continuing education informational site at the conference.
- Educators' Continuing Education Units (CEU), Continuing Professional
Development Units (CPDU) will be available upon request.
- Social Worker continuing education (CE) and Physical Therapy continuing
education (CE) credit will also be available upon request.
- Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRC) will be
available upon request.
- This activity has been submitted to Illinois Nurses Association Approver Unit for approval to award contact hours. Illinois Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Upon receipt of approval, program participants will be awarded contact hours for participation in the health track workshop sessions, health plenary 2 and keynote presentations. Health track participants will explain ways to collaborate with health care providers and community partners to improve quality of health care transition; describe ways to prepare youth with special health care needs to transition to the adult health care system; and demonstrate how to include health goals in IEPs and transition plans.
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Conference Steering Committee
Family Matters Parent Training
and Information Center
Family Resource Center on Disability
IL Alliance of Administrators of Special Education
IL Assistive Technology
IL Dept. of Human Services - Division
of Rehabilitation Services
IL State Board of Education
PACE Center for Independent Living
Southern Illinois Case Coordination
Springfield Center for Independent Living (SCIL)
Springfield Public Schools District #186
Living Council of IL
UIC Division of Specialized Care for Children
UIC Department of Special Education
Work Incentives Planning & Assistance Program/ Illinois Assistive Technology Program (IATP)
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