2013 PA Community on Transition Conference - Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow Opportunity, Possibility, Action

2013 PA Community on Transition Conference - Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow Opportunity, Possibility, Action

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 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

Credits Offered
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.

Registration Fee:
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.)

Conference Features

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&# 39;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.

Audience
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

On-line Registration:
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&# 39;s hyperlink.
If you prefer, you may fax the registration form to Patty Panuccio at
412-826-1964.

Hotels
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
ppanuccio@pattan. net

Program Content: Michael Stoehr, 800-446-5607 ext. 6864 or
mstoehr@pattan. net

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.