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 in Effingham, Illinois on October 24-25, 2013.The conference, titled “Stepping Stones of Transition” will be held at the Thelma Keller Convention Center and 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, mental health, and self-advocacy. Conference sessions will be organized into 4 tracks: Education, Community, Employment and Health.
Conference participants are strongly encouraged to register online and pay with a credit card. "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 are available to those that do not have internet access. Contact Tara Dunning at 217-744-7777.
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.
If unable to register online, the 2013 Illinois Statewide Transition Conference Registration Form is available to complete the registration process by mail or fax. This Registration form is 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. Payment must accompany the registration form and can be made by check or purchase order (no credit cards) to SILC of Illinois and sent to SILC of Illinois, 510 East Monroe Street - 3rd Floor, Springfield, Illinois 62701-1318.
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:
Family Involvement (e.g., parents and families as partners in planning for and delivering transition services)
Student Self-determination (e.g., using transition assessment information and facilitating students' self-determination to develop individualized plans based on their post-school goals)
Inter agency Collaboration (e.g., involvement of community businesses, organizations and agencies in all aspects of transition-focused goals)
Effective program structures (e.g., efficient and effective delivery of transition-focused education and services to all transition-aged youth)
Target Audience Transition-aged youth/young adults who have a disability Parents, Guardians and other Family members Transition Planning Committee members Health Care professionals Caregivers Special Education educators and administrators Vocational Rehabilitation counselors and administrators Advocates Service Providers
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 at the Statewide Independent Living Council of Illinois (SILC) at 217-744-7777 or get the application here Stipend Application
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 http://www.thearcofil.org/consumer-stipend-project
Thursday, October 24, 2013 - Friday, October 25, 2013 7:00 AM - 1:00 PMCentral Time
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Thelma Keller Convention Center1202 North Keller DriveEffingham, Illinois 62401(888)875-5115 or (217)347-5115
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