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2022 Transition Conference

Please join BLaST IU17 and the Pennsylvania College of Technology as we present the annual 2022 in-person Transition Conference. We look forward to welcoming you to campus!

Contact

  • Disability and Access Resources
  • Bush Campus Center, Rm. 202

About the conference

This event is open to Special Education High School students in grades 10-12 as well as parents, guardians, and other interested parties residing in Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan and Tioga counties. We will be providing speakers and breakout sessions on the following pathways: Postsecondary Education and Training, Employment, and Community Engagement.

Registration

Plan ahead by exploring the Sessions and Pathways below before registering.

Deadline to register is February 11, 2022

Schedule & Transition Pathways

Choose the transition pathway that's right for you!

Overall Conference Schedule

8:15 - 9 AMCheck-In

9 - 9:10 AMWelcome

9:15 - 9:45 AMBlock 1Choose a pathway to view session options

9:55 - 10:25 AMBlock 2Choose a pathway to view session options

10:35 - 11:20 AMBlock 3Choose a pathway to view session options

11:30 - NoonBlock 4Choose a pathway to view session options

Noon - 12:30 PMLunch

12:40 - 1:25 PMKeynote Speaker

1:35 - 2:20 PMStudent/Parent Panels

2:20 - 2:30 PMSurvey Collection and Closing

Mike Wrench believes that his own story and path to success can serve as an inspiration and change the lives of others, who may have exhausted all other outlets of therapy.

Read Mike's story

Mike Wrench

2022 Transition Conference Keynote Speaker

Vendor Space

Explore the variety of services, resources, and opportunities available at our conference Vendor Space! Each participant will select a designated block to visit the Vendor Space during registration.

BBVS services blind and visually impaired transition age youth to prepare for post high school goals and teach skills needed for future independence and competitive employment

We provide home-visits across Pennsylvania at no cost to families with Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs residing in the rural in counties. We aim to improve health outcomes for CYSHCN who are impacted by health disparities. CareStar utilizes evidence-based Community Health Worker models to diminish barriers and promote equal quality healthcare access.

Skills provides many services for individuals with disabilities. Employment Services for Students and Adults will be the main focus for this event

Get information about attending Penn College and the admissions process.

Employment Services Agency

Disability and Access Resources at Penn College encourages qualified students with disabilities to fully participate in all college programs, activities and services. Students with disabilities can rely on on the support of Disability and Access Resources to determine and develop plans for reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids and services that promote access. 

A small, rural public institution located in North-Central PA. LHU now offers a fully inclusive, non-degree certificate program for individuals with a documented intellectual or developmental disability.

The Local Task Force 17 is committed to contributing insightful recommendations that will improve, strengthen, and help expand services for Students with special needs.

The Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) produces a variety of publications relating to Secondary Transition.

TechOWL is the Assistive Technology Act program that serves the entire Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. We offer programs and services to Pennsylvanians with disabilities such as: AT Lending Library, Free Phone Program, Reuse, funding options, etc.

We provide Mental Health and Intellectual Developmental Disabililtes services within Lycoming/Clinton Counties

Job corps is the largest free residential education and job training program for young adults ages 16–24.

We connect you with the skills and education you need to get the career you want!

Job Coaching Agency/Music Therapy

Postsecondary Education and Training Sessions

Students interested in additional education or training

  • All attendees must choose the Vendor Space as one of their sessions
The Essentials of Building Relationships Do you know the characteristics of healthy relationships and how to identify issues in relationships? Find out these answers along with how to manage conflict and communicate in constructive ways.
Introduction to OVR Join us for an informational session on the Pre-Employment Transition Services offered by the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR).
Disability Awareness an Interactive Session Representatives from the Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services will provide hands-on demonstrations allowing participants the experience of vision impairments as well as devices that foster independence. Learn what your disability "looks like" and how to gain support from BBVS with a referral.
Value of Volunteerism Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about engaging in volunteerism - an exciting, growing, and enjoyable experience. Discover some of the benefits to volunteering include serving a cause, practicing ideals, working with people, and solving problems.
How to Choose the Right College or University Are you planning to attend a College or University after High School? This session will provide you with a variety of resources and tools to assist you while searching Colleges and Universities.
Penn College Admissions – Everything You Need to Know Get an overview of Penn College, the admissions process, and what our students are like. Bring your questions for an open Q&A at the end.
Disclosing you: How to be a Hero for Yourself Join this interactive conversation on the importance of disclosing your disability to others. Learn strategies to boost your confidence while advocating for your needs and tapping into your superhero strengths to take on the world.
Difference Between High School & College: Rights and Responsibilities Gain an understanding of the rights, responsibilities and accommodations / services available at the college level for students with Disabilities.
Financial Aid - The Basics Learn how to apply for financial aid and understand the different types of financial aid that may be available to you.
Financial Literacy for College Students Understand the difference between credit/debit cards, learn how to save money, and understand the topics of overspending, budgeting, and how identity theft can occur.
Campus Tours Join us for a fun and interactive a tour of the Penn College campus.
Opportunities with today's Military An overview of the employment, career opportunities, and benefits available by serving in any of the United States Military branches, including non-military contractors.
Independence Through Assistive Technology We will share information on what AT is and what it can be used for at work, at home, and in the community. Gain an understanding of the lending library which allows you to "try before you buy," as well as other AT funding sources.
Career Exploration – Planning Your Future Students will discuss the importance of finding the right career direction by a guided exploration and identify ways they can explore careers independently.
Effective Study Skills for College Students are often surprised to find that college exams require more than just memorizing terms and definitions. Join us to learn more about critical thinking strategies to apply and analyze course material. You will also learn new study skills to train your brain to effectively take exams at the college level.
Mobile Assistive Technology Trailer Tour Tour North Central Sight Services, Inc.'s Mobile AT trailer to learn about and utilize a variety of devices that support your transition. You will have the opportunity to explore 20/20 pens, talking clocks, magnification & voiceover software, smart home assistants, an HTC Vive Pro VR headset, and more!
A Day in the Life of a College Student-Athlete Participate in a round-table discussion with current Penn College student-athletes to understand what it takes to find success in and out of the classroom.
Career Exploration - Check Out Your Options Students will discuss the importance of finding the right career direction by a guided exploration and identify ways they can explore careers independently.
Using Time Productively for School, Work and Life If all the traditional advice you've been given to help you manage your time has been less than helpful, please join us to discuss some more non-traditional methods to get focused, stay on task and get things done.
Block 1 Block 2
  • Vendor Space
  • Mobile Assistive Technology Trailer Tour
  • Introduction OVR
  • Independence Through Assistive Technology
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Penn College Admissions
  • Financial Aid-The Basics
  • Using Time Productively for School, Work and Life
  • Vendor Space
  • Mobile Assistive Technology Trailer Tour
  • Independence Through Assistive Technology
  • Effective Study Skills for College
  • The Essentials of Building Relationships
  • Disclosing you: How to be a Hero for yourself
  • Financial Literacy for College Students
  • Value of Volunteerism
Block 3 Block 4
  • Vendor Space
  • Mobile Assistive Technology Trailer Tour
  • Career Exploration-Planning Your Future
  • Campus Tours
  • Disability Awareness an Interactive Session
  • Opportunities with today’s Military
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Vendor Space
  • Mobile Assistive Technology Trailer Tour
  • Introduction to OVR
  • Value of Volunteerism
  • How to Choose the Right College or University
  • A Day in the Life of a College Student-Athlete
  • Disability Awareness an Interactive Session

Employment Sessions

Students interested in going straight to the workforce

  • All attendees must choose the Vendor Space as one of their sessions
Benefits of Work Based Learning: EXPLORE Experiencing employment skills while still in high school is vital for student success after graduation. Attendees will learn about the EXPLORE program where students are taught employment skills in actual work settings.
Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship Learn about Apprenticeship and how it's changing the way people gain the skills needed to be successful in growing industries. Information about Pre-Apprenticeship, how it's changing the way HS students learn about jobs and industries will also be shared.
The Essentials of Building Relationships Do you know the characteristics of healthy relationships and how to identify issues in relationships? Find out these answers along with how to manage conflict and communicate in constructive ways.
Introduction to OVR Join us for an informational session on the Pre-Employment Transition Services offered by the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR).
Disability Awareness an Interactive Session Representatives from the Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services will provide hands-on demonstrations allowing participants the experience of vision impairments as well as devices that foster independence. Learn what your disability "looks like" and how to gain support from BBVS with a referral.
Value of Volunteerism Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about engaging in volunteerism - an exciting, growing, and enjoyable experience. Discover some of the benefits to volunteering include serving a cause, practicing ideals, working with people, and solving problems.
Employment Services for Students With a referral from OVR, Pre Employment Transition Services provide students the opportunity to participate in Virtual Interviews, Job Shadows, and Paid Work Experiences. Gain an understanding on how to obtain funding for these services as well as information on an exciting Summer Work Program.
Disclosing you: How to be a Hero for Yourself Join this interactive conversation on the importance of disclosing your disability to others. Learn strategies to boost your confidence while advocating for your needs and tapping into your superhero strengths to take on the world.
Opportunities with today's Military An overview of the employment, career opportunities, and benefits available by serving in any of the United States Military branches, including non-military contractors.
Independence Through Assistive Technology We will share information on what AT is and what it can be used for at work, at home, and in the community. Gain an understanding of the lending library which allows you to "try before you buy," as well as other AT funding sources.
Transportation Opportunities This session will cover transportation opportunities for students who require transportation assistance to employment.
Career Exploration – Planning Your Future Students will discuss the importance of finding the right career direction by a guided exploration and identify ways they can explore careers independently.
Mobile Assistive Technology Trailer Tour Tour North Central Sight Services, Inc.'s Mobile AT trailer to learn about and utilize a variety of devices that support your transition. You will have the opportunity to explore 20/20 pens, talking clocks, magnification & voiceover software, smart home assistants, an HTC Vive Pro VR headset, and more!
Career Exploration - Check Out Your Options Students will discuss the importance of finding the right career direction by a guided exploration and identify ways they can explore careers independently.
Using Time Productively for School, Work and Life If all the traditional advice you've been given to help you manage your time has been less than helpful, please join us to discuss some more non-traditional methods to get focused, stay on task and get things done.
Block 1 Block 2
  • Vendor Space
  • Mobile Assistive Technology Trailer Tour
  • Benefits of Work Based Learning: EXPLORE
  • Introduction OVR
  • Employment Services for Students
  • Independence Through Assistive Technology
  • Using Time Productively for School, Work and Life
  • Transportation Opportunities
  • Vendor Space
  • Mobile Assistive Technology Trailer Tour
  • Employment Services for Students
  • Independence Through Assistive Technology
  • The Essentials of Building Relationships
  • Disclosing you: How to be a Hero for yourself
  • Value of Volunteerism
Block 3 Block 4
  • Vendor Space
  • Mobile Assistive Technology Trailer Tour
  • Career Exploration-Planning Your Future
  • Disability Awareness an Interactive Session
  • Opportunities with today’s Military
  • Vendor Space
  • Mobile Assistive Technology Trailer Tour
  • Introduction OVR
  • Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship
  • Value of Volunteerism

Community Engagement Sessions

Students interested in engaging within their community

  • indicates a session geared toward parents/guardians only
  • indicates a session geared toward students only
  • All attendees must choose the Vendor Space as one of their sessions
Benefits of Work Based Learning: EXPLORE Experiencing employment skills while still in high school is vital for student success after graduation. Attendees will learn about the EXPLORE program where students are taught employment skills in actual work settings.
Introduction to OVR Join us for an informational session on the Pre-Employment Transition Services offered by the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR).
Disability Awareness an Interactive Session Representatives from the Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services will provide hands-on demonstrations allowing participants the experience of vision impairments as well as devices that foster independence. Learn what your disability "looks like" and how to gain support from BBVS with a referral.
Employment Services for Students With a referral from OVR, Pre Employment Transition Services provide students the opportunity to participate in Virtual Interviews, Job Shadows, and Paid Work Experiences. Gain an understanding on how to obtain funding for these services as well as information on an exciting Summer Work Program.
Leadership and Integrative Studies at Lock Haven University: An Inclusive College Experience The new LDIS program at Lock Haven University opens doors to a fully inclusive college experience for individuals aged 18-25 who have been identified with an intellectual or developmental disability. Learn more about the expansive opportunities on the campus of LHU with goals that provide an innovative experience fostering involvement, belonging, and empowerment.
Independence Through Assistive Technology We will share information on what AT is and what it can be used for at work, at home, and in the community. Gain an understanding of the lending library which allows you to "try before you buy," as well as other AT funding sources.
Legal Concerns in Transitioning to Adulthood Parents/guardians will learn about the legal tools an individual with special needs and their family have available, including essential estate planning documents such as: Power of Attorneys, Guardianships, Special Needs Trusts, Third-Party Trusts, and ABLE Accounts. SSI & SSDI and MAWD will also be discussed.
Navigating the System Navigating the Intellectual and Developmental Disability system for transition age students can be a confusing process. This session will provide parents/guardians insight and answers on how to do so successfully.
Community Engagement through the use of Medicaid Waivers Learn how community support and inclusion can happen under the umbrella of the Adult Autism and IDD waiver system.
Become a Superstar – Featuring Drums Alive Get hands on and get your body moving with a sample Superstars class featuring the Drums Alive curriculum. Designed especially for individuals with special needs, the class is an opportunity to make friends and have fun!
Mobile Assistive Technology Trailer Tour Tour North Central Sight Services, Inc.'s Mobile AT trailer to learn about and utilize a variety of devices that support your transition. You will have the opportunity to explore 20/20 pens, talking clocks, magnification & voiceover software, smart home assistants, an HTC Vive Pro VR headset, and more!
Using Time Productively for School, Work and Life If all the traditional advice you've been given to help you manage your time has been less than helpful, please join us to discuss some more non-traditional methods to get focused, stay on task and get things done.
Block 1 Block 2
  • Vendor Space
  • Mobile Assistive Technology Trailer Tour
  • Legal Concerns in Transitioning to Adulthood
  • Benefits of Work Based Learning: EXPLORE
  • Employment Services for Students
  • Assistive Technology
  • Using Time Productively for School, Work and Life
  • Transportation Opportunities
  • Vendor Space
  • Mobile Assistive Technology Trailer Tour
  • Navigating the System
  • Introduction to OVR
  • Employment Services for Students
  • Independence Through Assistive Technology
  • Becoming a Superstar-Featuring Drums Alive
Block 3 Block 4
  • Vendor Space
  • Mobile Assistive Technology Trailer Tour
  • Becoming a Superstar-Featuring Drums Alive
  • Disability Awareness an Interactive Session
  • Legal Concerns in Transitioning to Adulthood
  • Leadership & Integrative Studies at LHU: An Inclusive Experience
  • Vendor Space
  • Mobile Assistive Technology Trailer Tour
  • Navigating the System
  • Leadership & Integrative Studies at LHU: An Inclusive Experience
  • Community Engagement through the use of Medicaid Waivers
  • Becoming a Superstar-Featuring Drums Alive
  • Disability Awareness an Interactive Session