Registration for this conference will close when it reaches 700 participants or September 28th ~ whichever comes first! 

The Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference for transition aged youth 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 Westin Chicago Northwest on October 25 and 26, 2018. 

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 are organized into 4 tracks: Education, Employment, Community and Health Care.

Education: Instructional delivery models, accommodations and modifications, program development, evidence based practices, advocacy, and/or other resources for transition age youth receiving services in secondary, post-secondary settings, adult service agencies or community based organizations.

Health Care: This health track offered on Thursday is intended for pediatric and adult providers and others who play a role in transition. The initial breakout sessions will include generalized talks about the transition process including the core elements of health care transition and social determinants of health impacting youth self-efficacy and resiliency, (session A3, A4 & A10). The next breakout sessions will focus on condition-specific research on community participation and condition specific transition models of care (session B3, B4, & B7).  The final breakouts for Day 1 will focus on transition tools and trainings that patients and providers can use (session C4, C5, & C10). Lastly, the Health Plenary session (D1) will bring together both pediatric and adult providers to build capacity and supports for improving transition outcomes for youth with special care needs/disabilities. 

Community: Independent living skills such as getting an apartment, preparing to live as independently as possible, community based-instruction, recreation and leisure, healthcare, financial literacy, online etiquette, community participation and personal safety in public and giving back (volunteering).

Employment: Competitive/integrated employment opportunities, hiring people with disabilities, internships and job shadowing experiences for high school students, partnerships between high schools, colleges, VR agency, employers, nonprofits, workforce development boards, students and their families, and programs improving employment opportunities for in school and out of school youth. Emphasis on youth and how they can appropriately advocate for themselves both on the job and before the job.

The goals of the 14th Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference are to promote effective, person-centered transition planning to address as aspects of adult life for youth with disabilities. 

Registration Deadline is September 28, 2018

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