Transition Conference

A statewide all-day conference for parents

SATURDAY, November 4, 2017
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester


Registration Deadline: October 27, 2017

A statewide all-day conference for families, introducing state-of-the-art, best practices around Transition, covering topics focused upon creating seamless, successful transitions into the adult world. Workshops will cover education in the school system, employment, post-secondary education, community involvement, self-determination, independent living skills, financial and legal considerations, eligibility for services and
Many others!

Featuring: Dr Michael Wehmeyer
Director of the Beach Center on Disability at the University of Kansas

Families are the most important support a young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism, needs to become a self-determined young people. This keynote session will explore the family’s role in ensuring positive transition outcomes by supporting a young person’s self-determination.  The session will explore what is meant by self-determination and how self-determination applies to all youth and young adults, including youth and young adults with more extensive support needs.  The session will also look at the important role of the family movement in creating and sustaining the ‘self-determination movement”.

Michael L. Wehmeyer, Ph.D. is the Ross and Marianna Beach Distinguished Professor in Special Education and Director of the Beach Center on Disability at the University of Kansas.  Dr. Wehmeyer has written and presented extensively about issues pertaining to self-determination and the application of positive psychology to the disability context.  He is a fellow and past-president of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities; a fellow of the American Psychological Association, Division 33 on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and past-president of the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division on Career Development and Transition. He recently received the American Psychological Association Distinguished Contributions to the Advancement of Disability Issues in Psychology Award and the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Award. From 1990 to 1999 he was with The Arc of the United States and directed the Bill Sackter Center on Self-Determination there, and in 2013 received The Arc of the United States Distinguished Research Award.


Thank You To Our Sponsors



Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress


The Arc of Bristol County

The Arc of Greater Plymouth

The Arc of South Norfolk

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