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Planning A Life Conference (PAL)


Multicultural College students, male and female

Planning A Life is a two-day conference that offers transition-related information and resources for families, educators, and professionals who work with students that have IEPs. It is offered three times a year at locations across the state. Topics include:

  • Creating a Vision for life beyond High School
  • Transition Laws
  • Transition assessments
  • The MA Transition Planning Form and IEP goals
  • Post-Secondary Education and Career preparation
  • Community connections
  • Family involvement

Dates for upcoming Planning a Life 2-day conference will be announced soon. Please check our website and social media pages for announcements and updates.

Planning a Life: Preparing for College is a one-day conference for families of students on IEPs that will graduate with a high school diploma with the vision of attending college. Topics include:

  • Disability Laws: 504 and ADA
  • Disability Disclosure and Self-Determination
  • Transition laws
  • Accommodations and assistive technology
  • Easter Seals—College Navigator Program 
  • College exploration and disability services
  • Healthcare transition
  • Family involvement

Planning a Life: One-Day Intensive is a one-day conference that offers transition-related information and resources for families, educators, and professionals who work with students that have IEPs. The one-day intensive conference is a condensed version of the regular two-day conference. Topics include:

  • Transition Laws
  • Transition Assessments
  • Student Vision and Self-Determination
  • Transition in the IEP
  • Healthcare Transition
  • Family Involvement
  • Adult Service Agencies

Registration is open for Planning A Life: One-Day Intensive, December 6, 2019, from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm at Merrimac Public Library, 86 West Main Street, Merrimac. 

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Transition planning begins when a student on an IEP turns 14 and continues throughout their high school and young adult years. It is important that families, students, and professionals use this time to collaboratively plan a post-secondary vision in preparation for life after high school. The process can be overwhelming, so connecting students and families to resources, information, and services is a central goal of Planning a Life.

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