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Stop Waiting & Start Planning at ’17 Transition Symposium on 3/18

The Howard County Autism Society (HCAS) as part of the Transition Outreach Partnership will host the 2017 Transition Symposium on Saturday, March 18, 2017  for youth with disabilities as they begin their post-high school search for employment and education.  The event will be held from 8am – 4:30pm at Cedar Lane School, 11630 Scaggsville Road, in Fulton, MD.
The day-long conference offers parents, caregivers, professionals, and transitioning youth with developmental and physical disabilities an opportunity to learn about a wide variety of transition-related topics.
“This year’s event features a plenary panel of parents whose children have successfully navigated the transition from high school, and an update on Maryland State disability policy and initiatives,” said Patrick Boxall, Vice President of HCAS. “With an expanded menu of 24 different sessions designed for a general audience, or specifically for transitioning youth, the symposium will benefit novices to the transition process as well as those in need of guidance on particular issues.”

The symposium will offer a plenary session and several breakout workshops throughout the day led by experts in the areas of finance, education, law, disabilities, and healthcare. Some sessions will be geared toward a general office, some to youth, and others will target both groups.   Planned general workshop topics include: IEP Planning for Transition, Post-Secondary Vocational Training Programs, Disability Support Services on the Post-Secondary Level, DDA Eligibility and Services, Self-Employment, Assistive Technology for Transition, Social Security Benefits, Guardianships, and Supported Decision Making.   Planned transitioning youth workshops will explore such topics as Public Transportation, Dating and Relationships, Self-advocacy, Cooking, Social Media, Driving, Money Management, and Micro-Enterprises.

Guest speakers include County Executive Allan H. Kittleman and Maryland Department of Disabilities Secretary Carol Beatty.

The Transition Symposium is an event of the Transition Outreach Partnership, a collaborative effort of HCAS, Howard County Public School System, Howard County Government, and Accessible Resources for Independence, Inc. It receives support from the Governor’s Interagency Transition Council for Youth with Disabilities (IATC) and the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC).

The cost to attend the symposium is $25 for registration prior to March 10 and $35 per person after. Admission is $10 for transitioning youth ages 14-24.  Registration is online at http://www.howard-autism.org/transition-symposium-2017/.  For more information, contact Janet Dabu at 410-290-3466 or janet.dabu@howard-autism.org.