“I”s Focused on the Future: Invested, Involved, and Independent
September 30—October 2, 2013
Talking Stick Resort
9800 East Indian Bend Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85256
Arizona’s Thirteenth Annual Transition Conference, “I”s Focused on the Future: Invested, Involved, and Independent, is a collaborative, cross-stakeholder professional development event aimed at providing meaningful and pertinent information needed in the transition planning process for youth and young adults with disabilities. This annual conference provides a dynamic array of national speakers, state level experts, and also includes participation of youth, young adults, and family members. Session content is structured around three topical strands: (1) strategies for enhancing youth success, (2) family involvement, and (3) interagency/community collaboration.
Registration for Arizona’s Thirteenth Annual Transition Conference is now closed.
Please note the following registration details:
- Conference registration will be processed exclusively online for all participants (note: presenters, vendors, and Secondary Transition Mentoring Project (STMP) participants will register separately, NOT through the general registration sites, with instructions provided by conference organizers);
- Early, standard, and late/walk-in registration periods significantly impact registration fees;
- Family and youth/young adult-focused strands will only be held on Monday and Tuesday. Registration fees and scholarship funding allow participants who register as a family member, youth, or young adult to attend the conference on September 30 and October 1, 2013. Additional information about scholarships will be disseminated soon;
- Registration fees for educators, service agency providers, and other professionals allow participation in all three days of the conference;
- Scholarships continue to be available on a first-come, first-served basis for youth, young adults, and family members needing assistance with lodging or registration costs. Scholarships are open to those who meet eligibility requirements and may be limited based on the number of applicants per family or on scholarship awards received in prior years; and
- There will be no allowance for single-day registration, but substitutions can be made. See the Program Overview for information.
SPECIAL NOTES: The conference begins at 9:30 a.m. on Monday morning to accommodate participants traveling from out of town. Also, in order to be environmentally conscious, paper copies of handouts will not be provided at the conference. Materials for all sessions will be posted online three weeks prior to the conference on the 2013 Transition Conference website. Participants are asked to print and bring materials for sessions of interest.
ADE/ESS is pleased to welcome Brad Cohen as this year’s opening keynote speaker! Mr. Cohen is a noted motivational speaker, teacher, author who has Tourette syndrome. He has been featured on the Oprah Show, People magazine, CNN, The New York Times, and Inside Edition and is the author of Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had. CBS featured Mr. Cohen’s life in a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, Front of the Class, in December 2008. His story of personal challenge and unwavering determination proves that anyone can make a dream come true.
Please see the 2013 Program Overview for information about conference and hotel room registration, as well as a listing of national speakers, outline of sessions provided by local presenters, and a general schedule. For additional information, contact Jeannette Zemeida at (602) 542-3855 or via e-mail at Jeannette.Zemeida@azed.gov.
Conference registration is closed. Individuals who signed up for the wait list will be notified via e-mail beginning August 19th and no later than September 6th.
Scholarship, vendor/exhibitor, and additional information can be found on the 2013 Transition Conference website.
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