PA Community on Transition Conference

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PA Community on Transition Conference

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2018 PA Community on Transition Conference — Planning Today for a Winning Tomorrow

  • July 25-27, 2018
  • The Penn Stater Conference Center & Hotel

The primary purpose of this conference is to expand the capacity of schools, 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.

Register for the Conference HERE
Conference Brochure HERE


PEAL will be presenting five times at this conference. See details below:


Navigating the Physical and Behavioral Health Systems
Knowledge Building: Agency Information

This panel presentation will provide an overview of the resources available in PA to help coordinate and to navigate the physical and behavioral health systems. Scenarios will be utilized to illustrate the role that each resource can play in supporting youth and families.

Kelly King, The PEAL Center


The Power of Youth Led IEPs
Promoting Youth Development & Youth Leadership

When youth lead their own IEP meetings, it changes the conversation! Participants will discuss the importance of sharing dreams and goals, and what works or doesn’t work using video, PowerPoint, flash cards, and other tools. Participants will gain an understanding of the benefits of youth leading their own IEPs and how families can support this.

Kelly King, The PEAL Center

Diane Perry, The PEAL Center


Promoting the Health Literacy of Youth
Promoting Youth Development & Youth Leadership

From managing prescription medications to preventative healthcare, many people need to improve their health literacy. Since improved health literacy leads to better health outcomes, it is an important skill set for transitioning youth. We will explore ways that family, school, and medical professionals can enhance health literacy and how young people can be empowered to encourage professionals to interact with them in ways that increase their health literacy.

Kelly King, The PEAL Center


A Transition Plan is Not Just a Form
Models of Success

The Transition portion of the IEP can be a powerful tool for building an IEP that presumes competence and leads to positive outcomes. However, the family and youth must have a vision and ambitious goals and understand the possibilities in order to maximize the power. Learn how person-centered planning can form the foundation for strong IEPs that support youth to learn and to achieve in ways that lead toward their dreams.

Lorie Brew, The PEAL Center

Jeanine Schultz, The PEAL Center


Transportation: You Don’t Have Access If You Can’t Get There
Independent Living & Community Participation

For youth and young adults who do not drive, a lack of transportation can be a tremendous barrier to having quality of life and independence. Depending upon the community, a youth might need to learn to walk safely, take public transportation, arrange for adaptive transportation, or use the Uber or Lyft app. These skills should be included in the IEP but sometimes are not addressed.

The PEAL Center


July 25, 2018 @ 4:30 am EDT
July 27, 2018 @ 1:30 pm EDT
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Penn Stater Conference Center and Hotel
215 Innovation Blvd.
State College, PA 16803 United States
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(814) 863-5000
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