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Stepping Stones of Transition Conference


Monday, October 27, 2014 - Tuesday, October 28, 2014    
All Day


Crowne Plaza Hotel
3000 S Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, Illinois, 62703

Event Type

Attend this statewide conference to help prepare young adults for life’s changes.

The 10th annual Stepping Stones of Transition Conference is for high school-aged students and young adults with disabilities, their family members, teachers, vocational professionals, caregivers, health care professionals and advocates. It offers opportunities to expand the vision of what is possible in areas of independent living, education and training, employment, community inclusion, health care and self-advocacy.

What You’ll Learn

Consider these numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau’s most recent report. They show the importance of preparing young adults with vocational skills, and creating more job opportunities for people with disabilities.

stepping stones 2014 employment graph

You’ll learn about so much more than just employment. During 41 break-out sessions, 4 general sessions, and 2 dynamic keynote presentations by Denise Bissonnette and Patrick Schwarz, a wide variety of transition topics will promote better outcomes for students with disabilities transitioning to adult life. Full descriptions of all sessions, information about the speakers, and a link to registration information are available at the conference website.

Professionals can earn continuing education or professional development credits.

Past Conference Attendees Say

  • “I learned practical information about how to implement a more successful transition plan”
  • “I now know that transition goals should drive the Individualized Education Program”
  • “I learned from the experiences of other young adults and parents”
  • “I got ideas to implement and enjoyed networking with others”

Going to the Conference

Parents of students with disabilities may be able to get scholarships and financial assistance to attend the conference. Contact Tara Dunning at Statewide Independent Living Council of Illinois (217) 744-7777 to apply for assistance.

The Arc of Illinois also provides stipends to enable people with developmental disabilities and their family members to attend conferences. Call (815) 464-1832 to learn more about their assistance.

Register now to assure your spot at this amazing conference! You can register online or call Family Matters at (866) 436-7842 to have a registration packet mailed to you.