The 8th Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference is no longer accepting registrations and is discouraging walk-ins. The conference brings together professionals, policymakers and families concerned with making the transition from student to adult in Illinois. The conference rotates between different parts of the state, and this year it is in St. Charles from October 24 – 26, attracting an overflow of Chicagoland participants.
The Conference targets 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. Historically, some attendees receive stipends from the ARC to attend this conference. Refer to TheNemoNews article here for information on stipends.
Next year’s conference will be held on October 24-25, 2013 at the Thelma Keller Convention Center in Effingham, IL.
According to the website the Conference goals include:
- 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)
- Interagency 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)
For more information about the conference contact Tara Dunning, Transition Conference Co-Chair, 217-744-7777 or firstname.lastname@example.org.