Planning a Life Conference 2022

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Planning a Life (PAL) is a two-day transition conference geared towards parents of and professionals working with post-secondary transition age youth (14 -22).  PAL can help provide parents and professionals with skills and information necessary to support youth as they prepare for full, productive lives during and after high school. We will discuss how to begin the transition planning process and how to determine transition goals on the IEP.  We will discuss ways parents and caregivers can encourage independence and self-advocacy in their children.

This year, the Planning A Life conferences will be held on a Friday and a Saturday.  On Fridays, all presentations will be virtual.
On Saturdays, PAL will be in-person at locations indicated below.
Youth participants are invited and encouraged to attend the in-person day of Planning A Life for fun and educational activities ending with a drum circle with Plugged In Band!

Planning A Life (Making the Most Out of High School)
During this PAL, we will discuss the transition planning process and how to determine transition goals on the IEP.  We will learn about post-secondary educational options, keeping benefits while working, and healthcare transition.  We will discuss ways parents and caregivers can encourage independence and self-advocacy in their children.
Youth are encouraged to attend for separate activities on developing their vision for an adult life and a fun drum circle!

Friday, October 14th 8:30 to 4:30 (virtual)
Saturday, October 15th 9:00 to 1:30 (in-person)
Continental breakfast, coffee and muffins provided by Bitty and Beau’s
Boxed lunch provided by Panera Bread
Location: Westborough High School, 90 Main St. Westborough, MA 01581

Planning A Life (College and Beyond)
During this PAL, we will talk about the differences between high school and college and how to prepare for success in college.  We will discuss making the choice to disclose disability.  Easterseals’ College Navigator and Assistive Technology will present about their services.
Youth are encouraged to attend for separate activities on preparing for college and a fun drum circle!

Friday, November 4th 8:30 to 4:30 (virtual)
Saturday, November 5th 9:00 to 1:30 (in-person)
Breakfast and lunch provided by Quinsigamond College’s Hospitality Students
Location: Worcester Senior Center, 128 Providence Street, Worcester, MA 01604

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