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2021 PA Community of Practice Transition Conference

Navigating The Future: A Lifetime Trip

With the health and safety of participants in mind, the 2021 Pennsylvania Community of Practice Transition Conference will be held as a virtual event. While this year’s format will be different, the goals remain the same – to bring together a diverse community of stakeholders to share information, explore resources, and gain knowledge regarding successful practices in secondary transition.

Virtual Platform – Chime Live

Chime Live Features:

– The event platform grants access to session information, speaker bios, and the virtual Exhibit Hall.
– Conference attendees can personalize their schedule and take notes during sessions.
– The post-conference survey can be accessed at Continuing Education Credits.
– Handouts, when available, will be found at the bottom of each session page.
– “About this App” contains tutorials for different aspects of the app.

Throughout this 2-day conference, participants will learn how to be proactive in planning their “lifetime trip” while “filling their suitcases” with valuable resources and strategies to help youth take ownership of their future.

Featured Presenters

Kerry Magro

Dr. Kerry Magro has become a role model in the disabled community. Non-verbal at 2.5 and diagnosed with autism at 4, Kerry has overcome countless obstacles to get to where he is today. Dr. Kerry Magro is an award winning national speaker, best-selling author, movie consultant and advisor, and Founder & CEO of KFM Making a Difference, a non-profit corporation focused on disability advocacy and housing.

Today Kerry travels the country sharing his story and inspiring others to define their lives and their dreams in the best way they can. He has spoken at over 1000 events including TEDxTalks and Talks at Google. In his spare time, he hosts a Facebook Page called Kerry’s Autism Journey where he does on-camera interviews highlighting people impacted by a diagnosis to breaking down barriers in the community. His videos have been watched over 35 million times. Kerry’s best-selling books include: Defining Autism From The Heart, Autism and Falling in Love, and I Will Light It Up Blue!

David Harrell

David Harrell is an international award-winning actor, speaker, and disability advocate, residing in New York City. Most recently he has been seen in a featured Guest Star role on the new CBS drama “THE CODE”. He has guest starred on television series “Bull” and “Law and Order: SVU” and performed in the 2015 ABC Discovers New York Talent Showcase. He produced and starred in the short film The Siblings Liebencrantz; winning “Best Filmmaker” in the 2017 Easterseals Disability Film Challenge. His short film Lefty & Loosey won “Best Film” in the 2016 Disability Film Challenge and “Best International Actor” in the 2016 Focus on Ability Film Festival in Sydney, Australia. David also continues to work as an actor for Only Make Believe, an organization that provides interactive theater for children in hospitals around the NYC area. As a Disability Advocate, he has worked as the Accessibility and Outreach Director for the Raleigh Ensemble Players in Raleigh, North Carolina, the Disability and Programming Associate for Inclusion in the Arts in New York City and currently serves on the advisory board for the Queens Theater’s Theater for All initiative.

On-line Registration

Participants should register for this PaTTAN-sponsored event by visiting our website at: https://www.pattan.net/Events/Conferences/Course-2892/Events/Session-35627

If you prefer, you may email the registration form to Paula Quinn, pquinn@pattanpgh.net

The registration deadline is July 30, 2021.

The 2021 PA Community of Practice Transition Conference is a web-based conference which requires each participant to log in separately to each session using the links that will be provided closer to the conference.

For questions about registration, contact:
Paula Quinn – PaTTAN Pittsburgh, pquinn@pattanpgh.net

For questions about this conference, contact:
Kim Cole – PaTTAN East, kcole@pattan.net
Hillary Mangis – PaTTAN Pittsburgh, hmangis@pattanpgh.net

The sponsors of the conference are the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education, and the PA Training and Technical Assistance Network, in collaboration with members of the PA Community on Transition including: PA Youth Leadership Network, Pennsylvania’s Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT), Transition State Leadership Team including members from: Higher Education (The George Washington University, The Pennsylvania State University, and Temple University); PA Department of Education (Bureau of Career and Technical Education); PA Department of Health (Bureau of Family Health and Bureau of Community Health Systems); PA Department of Human Services (Office of Developmental Programs, Office of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services, Office of Children, Youth & Families, and Bureau of Juvenile Justice Services); PA Department of Labor & Industry (Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Bureau of Workforce Development Partnership, and Pennsylvania State Workforce Investment Board); Parent Advocacy Organizations (PA Education & Advocacy Leadership Center (PEAL), Hispanos Unidos para Ninos Excepcionales (HUNE), The Arc of Philadelphia, and The United Way of Allegheny County)

Upcoming Dates

  • Wednesday, August 11, 2021
  • Thursday, August 12, 2021