Planning a Life Conferences 2023
Planning a Life (PAL) is a two-day transition conference for parents, caregivers, and professionals working with postsecondary transition-age youth (14 -22).
PAL can provide parents and professionals with useful skills and information necessary to support youth as they prepare for full, productive lives during and after high school. Among other topics, we will discuss how to begin the transition planning process and how to determine transition goals on the IEP. We will discuss ways parents, caregivers and professionals can encourage independence and self-advocacy in their children.
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 the locations indicated below. Youth participants are invited and encouraged to attend the in-person day of Planning A Life for fun, educational activities and community building!
Cost: $95 for one parent/caregiver / $125 for two parents/caregivers or professional
Youth attend free with a registered parent/caregiver or professional.
Scholarships are available. Email email@example.com for more information.
Planning A Life (Making the Most Out of Transition)
During this PAL, we will discuss the transition planning process and how to determine transition goals on Massachusetts’ new IEP (Individualized Education Program) form. 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 separate activities on developing their vision for their lives after high school!
Friday, October 13th 8:30 to 4:30 (virtual)
Saturday, October 14th 9:00 to 1:30 (in-person)
Breakfast and lunch provided
Location: Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, 80 Locust Street, Northampton
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 a disability. Presenters include staff from Easterseals’ College Navigator Program and the Student Accessibility Services office at Quinsigamond Community College. Youth are encouraged to attend separate activities on preparing for college and preparing their vision of a fun, meaningful adult life!
Friday, November 3rd 8:30 to 4:30 (virtual)
Saturday, November 4th 9:00 to 1:30 (in-person)
Breakfast and lunch are provided
Location: Schrafft Center, 529 Main Street, 1st floor, Charlestown, MA 02129