OCC to Host Transition Conference to Help Students with Disabilities, Families and Educators Plan Life after High School

Monday, March 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., a day-long conference titled, “Finding Your Way! Understanding Transition Planning In and After High School” will be held in the SRC Arena and Events Center on the OCC Campus. The event will provide an opportunity for families, professionals and students with disabilities to learn about planning for life after high school and the services offered in their community.

The conference will include breakout sessions, the sharing of stories of success and a resource fair at which vendors will offer information on adult services and post-school options. Keynote speaker will be Geoff Herbert, a reporter with Syracuse.com. Herbert was born with a profound binaural hearing loss. He will share his inspirational story of hard work and perseverance.

SUPAC, Mid-State RSE-TASC and OCC are hosting, “Finding Your Way! Understanding Transition Planning In and After High School.” The “Finding Your Way” Transition Conference is an exciting opportunity for families, professionals, and students to learn about planning for life after high school and the services offered in their community.

Their goal is to help students find opportunities and services so they can achieve their post-secondary goals and dreams. The “Finding Your Way” Transition Conference will provide information and resources for living, learning, and working after high school. This unique combination of workshops and information tables will help educate students and their families to unlock their potential options for their future.

A FREE educational day around transition planning. Food will be provided!

Target Audience: High school students with disabilities, families, educators, and professionals are welcome!*

Onondaga Community College (OCC) Campus,
4585 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse NY 13215

Monday, March 13, 2017 (*Please register by Wednesday, March 1st*)

  • Registration begins at 8:30am
  • Student Track 9:15am-1:15pm
  • Family/Professional Track 9:15am-2:25pm

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Keynote Speaker: Geoff Herbert who calls himself “DeafGeoff” is an Entertainment Reporter and Search Engine Optimization Lead for Syracuse.com and The Post-Standard. He writes about music, movies, television, celebrity gossip, and other hot topics, as well as work in search engine optimization for the Syracuse Media Group. On nights and weekends, he works as a DJ. As his nickname suggests, he is deaf. He was born with a profound binaural hearing loss, which means that he hears about 10% as well as the average person. His inspirational story of hard work and perseverance will start our day. To learn more about Deaf Geoff go to https://deafgeoff.com/

We will also have a “Stories of Success” panel discussion and question and answer session from individuals who are currently transitioning or who have transitioned successfully into their adult lives. The audience will learn about the panelists’ individual triumphs as well as how they met challenging obstacles and worked towards post-secondary success.

Visit our “Resource Fair”!  This will feature a range of community support agencies, post-secondary programs, and other organizations displaying their products and services. These vendors will offer information on adult services, post school options, and more!

FAMILY AND PROFESSIONAL BREAKOUT SESSIONS:

  1. Guardianship and Alternatives to Guardianship
  2. Involving Your Student in their IEP Development
  3. Transition-Ask the Specialist
  4. Overview of Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)
  5. Overview of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services- Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR)
  6. College is an Option! Applying, Disclosure, and Success
  7. Q&A with Geoff Herbert

To REGISTER for the FAMILY/PROFESSIONAL TRACK go to http://supac.org/training/finding-way-2017-transition-conference/registration-parents-professionals/ or call SUPAC at 315-443-4336 or toll free at 877-824-9555.

STUDENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS:

  1. High School vs. College
  2. Employment
  3. Your Involvement in you IEP Development

To REGISTER STUDENTS go to http://supac.org/training/finding-way-2017-transition-conference/registration-for-students/ or call SUPAC at 315-443-4336 or toll free at 877-824-9555.

The conference is free, and will take place at the SRC Arena and Events Center, Onondaga Community College Campus, 4926 Onondaga Road, Syracuse 13215More details can be found at the event website.