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2018 Pennsylvania Community on Transition Conference - Planning Today for a Winning Tomorrow

Date: May 16, 2018

2018 Pennsylvania Community on Transition Conference - Planning Today for a Winning Tomorrow

July 25, 27, 2018

Penn Stater Conference Center and Hotel, 215 Innovation Boulevard, State 
​​College, PA 16803

The primary purpose of the 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, to take advantage of their opportunities, and to actively advocate for their future.

The primary focal points of this year's conference are:
- Promoting success of all youth and young adults by addressing the transition needs of those who are at-risk and struggling
- Empowering families and caregivers with transition knowledge and resources
- Engaging youth and young adults in social interactions and in understanding their potential for post school success
- Building leadership skills of all transition stakeholders to promote successful outcomes of youth and young adults
- Using transition and career assessment, universal design, accommodations, and supports to build the foundation for self-determination and self-advocacy
- Linking transition, behavioral health, and healthy lifestyles to promote success in adult life by empowerment through self-determination and self-advocacy
- Showcasing evidence-based and effective practices with youth outcome data
- Building and supporting community partnerships and local transition coordinating councils

The conference will feature:
- Keynote presentations
- Over 100 breakout sessions
- Sessions and activities designed for youth and young adults 
- Family engaging sessions and networking opportunities
- Accommodations and Supports Expo, featuring hands-on assistive technology exhibits, vendor displays, and resource tables

Youth & Family Team Sessions
Throughout the years, youth/young adults, and families have benefited from the sessions held at the transition conference. Based upon feedback, the planning team has developed a team approach where youth and family members (or a supporting adult) attend sessions together.  These sessions include youth development activities, to help youth grow and plan for adult life, with the support of their family (or supporting adult). These sessions, organized by the PA Youth Leadership Network (PYLN), include young adults with and without disabilities as well as other transition stakeholders.

Patrick Schwarz, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, National Louis University, Chicago
CEO, Creative Culture Consulting LLC

Dr. Patrick Schwarz is a dynamic and engaging professor, author, motivational speaker and leader in Education (Inclusive Education, Special Education, General Education, and Educational Leadership) and Human Services. He is the CEO of Creative Culture Consulting LLC and Professor Emeritus at National Louis University, Chicago. He wrote, in collaboration with Dr. Paula Kluth, From Disability to PossibilityŽ, You're Welcome Just Give Him the Whale, and Pedro's Whale. His latest book is From Possibility to Success. His professional mission is to promote education and human services that advance the status of people of all ages with diverse support needs. This will enable individuals to successfully be engaged, to find meaning, and to be respected members of their learning, working, and living communities

Lisa S. Meyer, Independent Consultant
Lisa Meyer has worked in the human services field for more than 35 years. Most recently she was the Director of the Tuscarora's Intermediate Unit's (TIU) Training & Technical Assistance Program. In this capacity, Ms. Meyer and her team provided statewide training, which included Person-Centered Thinking (PCT) training as well as technical assistance that supported implementation of state policy and procedure. Currently Ms. Meyer supports states with the implementation of Person- Centered Systems, Person-Centered Thinking Training, Coaching, Plan Facilitation Training, and PCT Trainer Credentialing. She provides technical assistance to educational systems that support students, youth/young adults in transition, their families, and professionals in implementing planning strategies that promote youth advocacy and self-determination. Ms. Meyer is also recognized by the Supporting Families; Charting the LifeCourse National Community of Practice as a Supporting Families Charting the LifeCourse Framework Trainer, Ambassador, Coach and Facilitator. She provides technical assistance and training to State Community of Practice teams and disability organizations.

Registration Fee:  The registration fee is $150.00. 

You may register online at


Youth and Family Scholarships:  
A limited number of scholarships are available for family members or caregivers of a transition-aged youth or young adult with a disability and high school youth between the ages of 16-21 accompanied by an adult (family member/caregiver).
Families are encouraged to apply by completing the scholarship application online at: on or before June 30, 2018. 
The scholarship will cover the cost of a double occupancy hotel room and conference registration fee. 
Meals and mileage are on your own. 
You will be informed of your acceptance by July 7, 2018. 
For additional information about youth/young adult family scholarships, please contact Paula Quinn, 800-446-5607 ext. 6880 or
The scholarship form can also be found by visiting our website at: and clicking on the PA Community on Transition Conference link located on the training tab. 

Credits:  Act 48 Clock Hours, CRCC

For content related information and questions, please contact (Hillary Mangis) at or (800-446-5607 x6878).

For general registration information and questions, please contact (Paula Quinn) at ( or (800-446-5607 x6880).