The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education is pleased to announce the following conference opportunity:
2013 PA Community on Transition Conference – Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow Opportunity, Possibility, Action
July 24, 2013 – 9:00 am – 5:15 pm – Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow: Exploring the Possibilities July 25, 2013 – 8:30 am – 4:00 pm – Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow: Successful Transitions for All Youth and Young Adults July 26, 2013 – 8:30 am – 1:15 – Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow: Taking Action to Ensure Success
Penn Stater Conference Center & Hotel, State College, PA
The primary purpose of this conference is to expand the capacity of local education agencies and communities, in partnership with youth, young adults and families, in promoting the successful transition of youth/young adults with disabilities to post-school outcomes of employment, post-secondary education and training, community participation, and healthy lifestyles. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about effective practices to assist youth/young adults with disabilities to explore possibilities, take advantage of their opportunities, and actively advocate for their future.
The conference will feature:
– Keynote and feature presentations
– Approximately 100 breakout sessions
– Sessions and activities designed for youth and family partnership teams by the PA Youth Leadership Network
– Cross-stakeholder engaging sessions and networking opportunities
– Accommodations and Supports Expo, featuring hands-on assistive technology exhibits, vendor displays, and resource tables
Act 48, Act 58 hours, and CRCC credits are offered for all keynote, feature, and breakout sessions. Act 48 and 58 credits will be offered per day. CRCC credits are offered by the session. To receive Act 48 and 58 credit, individuals attending this conference must arrive on time and stay the duration of the day for which they are requesting credits.
The transition conference registration fee is $125 no matter how many days you attend. Cash, checks or purchase orders are accepted and can be made payable to: Intermediate Unit 1 and sent to Patty Panuccio at PaTTAN Pittsburgh at 3190 William Pitt Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15238 before arriving at the conference.
(Parents of children with disabilities and youth/young adults are exempt from this charge.)
Keynote and Feature Presentations
This year’s opening keynote presentation will address issues related to teaching, communication, and technology in today’s globally networked world; including how to best prepare youth for a successful future. The closing keynote of this year’s conference will incorporate the issues related to empowerment as a catalyst for change. The five feature presentations will focus on: the important role health care plays in transition planning, effective employment practices, an overview of several state-level projects to increase the voice of youth and families, Pennsylvania’s effective practices in secondary transition model, and the strengths and barriers to secondary transition from the family and young adult perspective.
Accommodations, Supports and Resources Expo, Reception & Raffle This interactive, hands-on expo is designed for participants to learn about specific assistive technology, resources, supports, and services available to youth. Participants can gather valuable information from transition partners, conference presenters, and community resources. Additionally, participants can visit the poster sessions presented by the Local Education Agencies (LEAs) who completed the “Leading Secondary Transition Programming for Students with Disabilities” project. On Thursday afternoon, items representative of our Keystone state will be raffled. You must be present at the reception to win!
Recreation, Leisure, and Activity Sessions Integrated throughout this year’s conference will be sessions that highlight the importance of engaging in recreation, leisure, and community activities. These sessions are designed for participants to learn about specific assistive technology, resources, supports, and services available throughout Pennsylvania to assist youth and young adults in maintaining a healthy and enjoyable lifestyle. Session attendees can participate in hands-on activities and gather valuable information.
Youth and Family Team Engaging Sessions
Based upon criteria established by the PA Youth Leadership Network and our statewide family organizations, sessions have been designed as “youth and family team engaging” and would be of special interest to our youth and family team participants. These sessions are identified under the session title in this brochure.
Stakeholders supporting post-school outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities, including:
Advocates, Agency Administrators, Assistive Technology Professionals, Business/Employers, Career & Technology Educators, CareerLink Staff, Direct Support Providers, Drug & Alcohol Program Workers, Education Administrators , Family & Caregivers, Family Health Representatives, Foster and Adoptive Parents, Guidance Counselors, Health Professionals, Higher Education Professionals, Independent Living Staff, Juvenile Justice Affiliates, Job Coaches, Local Government Officials, Local Service Providers, Local Youth Councils, Medical Assistance Program Staff, Mental Health Services Workers, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, and Speech/Language Therapists, Office of Developmental Programs Staff, Paraprofessionals, Partnerships for Youth Affiliates & Staff, Psychologists, Public & Private Child Welfare Workers, School Nurses, Secondary Educators, Social Security Benefits Counselors, Social Security Staff, Social Workers, Special Educators, Transition Coordinators, Transportation Affiliates, Vocational Evaluators, Vocational Rehabilitation Staff, Workforce Investment Board Members, Youth & Young Adults, Youth Served in Foster Care
All participants should register for this PaTTAN sponsored event by visiting our website at: www.pattan.net. Click on the training calendar, find the date of the conference and click on the conference’s hyperlink. If you prefer, you may fax the registration form to Patty Panuccio at 412-826-1964.
A complete list of conference hotels is listed in the conference brochure which can be also be accessed on the PaTTAN website. Unfortunately we only have a limited number of rooms available at the Penn Stater which are reserved for conference staff and volunteers only and submitted via a rooming list.
For more information:
Registration: Patty Panuccio, 800-446-5607 ext. 6841 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Content: Michael Stoehr, 800-446-5607 ext. 6864 or email@example.com
Youth and Family Team Scholarships
A limited number of youth and family team scholarships will be available for family members or caregivers of a transition-aged youth with disabilities between the ages of 14 and 21. If awarded a scholarship, each family member may accompany one transition-age youth or young adult with a disability.
Families are encouraged to apply by completing the scholarship form and returning it to Patty Panuccio at PaTTAN-Pittsburgh, 3190 William Pitt Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15238 on or before June 15, 2013. The scholarship will cover the cost of a double occupancy hotel room and conference registration fee. Meals and mileage are on your own. Hotel reservations will be made for scholarship recipients. You will be informed of your acceptance by July 10, 2013.