Mohawk Valley Community College will host a free conference on empowering transition through technology for students in grades 9-12 with disabilities, their families, and educators on Monday, May 21, in the Jorgensen Center Field House at its Utica Campus, 1101 Sherman Drive.

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While the transition from high school to adult life is challenging for many students, the experience can be especially difficult for those with disabilities. The Grow, Learn, and Innovate with Technology (GLITCH) conference is designed to help high school students with disabilities prepare for this transition. The conference provides an opportunity for these students, as well as their families and educators, to learn about resources and services offered to students with disabilities, including information for living, learning, and working after high school. The conference will feature workshops and a Resource Fair with information tables showcasing various community agencies and services, as well as breakout sessions focusing on stories of success. Lunch will be provided.

The day will begin with registration at 8:15 a.m. The keynote address will begin at 9 a.m. with speaker Therese Willkomm, Ph.D., director of New Hampshire’s State Assistive Technology Program with the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire and associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, who will talk about achieving success through assistive technology. After the keynote address, the conference will split into two tracks: The Student Track will take place from 10:10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and the Families and Professionals Track will take place from 10:10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Student Track will include sessions on what students need to know about transitioning from high school to college, self-advocacy, assisted technology, Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR), Working Solutions, and stories of success.

The Families and Professionals Track will include an overview of text-to-speech and speech-to-text technologies; college options for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities; technology for successful transitions; an overview of technology-related options for students with disabilities at the postsecondary level; approaches and considerations for transition to life after high school for people on the autism spectrum; information on why work experiences for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities matter; ACCES-VR and Working Solutions: What Every Parent and Educator Should Know; information about how care coordination is changing; and apps, accessories, and adaptations for executive function impairments.

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The GLITCH Conference is made possible by Syracuse University Parent Assistance Center (SUPAC), Mohawk Valley Community College, the Central Regional Special Education Technical Assistance Support Centers (Central RSE-TASC), and The Kelberman Center. It is funded in part by the New York State Transition Partnership, a federally funded transition parent center.

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