About the Conference

The Nevada Department of Education is proud to sponsor the 2nd Annual Nevada Transition Conference, Youth In Transition…Preparing For Tomorrow.  The professional development conference is a partnership event with the Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities (NCED).  The conference will be held on Friday, September 19 and Saturday, September 20, 2014 in Reno.   This year’s event will bring quality professional development on current trends and best practices in the transition planning process to Nevada’s youth and young adults with disabilities and their family members, educators, state agency staff and service providers.  This event  will  include national speakers as well as state and local experts.  Topics covered at this year’s conference will include:  (1) aligning accommodations & supports, (2) building knowledge, engagement & empowering families, (3) employment, (4) models for success, (5) post-secondary education& training, and (6) transition & career assessment.

Confirmed national speakers include:

Christian Moore – Author, speaker, licensed clinical social worker and founder of WhyTry
Denise Bissonnette –Internationally acclaimed speaker, trainer and author in the field of employment
Pattie Noonan – author, speaker and assistant research professor at Kansas University
Larry Kortering – Clinical Associate Professor at Appalachian State University
Eric Landers – Co-Director at the National-Youth-At-Risk Center and professor at Georgia Southern University
Patricia D. Gill – Senior Program Associate for the Center for Workforce Development in Washington DC
Jennifer Thomas – Youth Development Specialist for the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL)
Ed O’Leary – Transition Specialist and Consultant for the Mountain Plains Regional Resource Center (MPRRC)


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Hotel Information

The Nevada Transition Conference will be held September 19 & 20, 2014 at the Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 E. Second Street, Reno, NV 89595.  A block of sleeping rooms is available at the Grand Sierra Resort at the rate of $93 per night plus taxes.  Please call 1-800- 501-2651 and mention code UNR14 before September 2 to receive the special rate.

Who Should Attend

Teachers, Counselors, School Administrators, District Level Administrators, adult service providers, transition aged youth with disabilities and their family members.

Pre-Conference Information

This year, there will be three pre-conference options available at the Transition Conference, site tours of Job Corps and Washoe County School District’s VOICE Program as well as a 3 hours parent focused session with Denise Bissonnette.

Registration Information

Registration fees are $100 per person for Early-Bird (before September 13, 2014), $125 regular registration fees (after September 13, 2014).

Registration is available online at: Registration

Vendor Information

Vendors are invited to attend the 2014 Nevada Transition Conference on Saturday, September 20, 2014.  Registration fees for for-profit companies are $125, fees for micro-enterprises are $50 and non-profits are free.  Each company/organization may send up to 2 people to the conference.

Vendor Registration is available online at:  Vendor Registration

Scholarship Information

A limited number of scholarships for parents and family members of young adults with disabilities are available on a first-come, first-served basis from the Nevada Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities (NGCDD). Interested individuals may apply for these scholarships through the Consumer Leadership Development Funds Application available at www.nevadaddcouncil.org. Scholarship recipients will have their registration fees paid directly by the NGCDD and be reimbursed for travel and hotel and any per diem costs not covered by the conference. Recipients must use the least expensive mode of transportation and will be reimbursed hotel and per diem at the GSA.gov rate. The maximum amount for reimbursement is $500 per individual and $750 per family. Parents applying for Consumer Leadership funds are highly encouraged to bring their transition aged child with them.

The 60 day requirement for Consumer Leadership Funds for this event has been waived. All applications must be received by September 5th. Please note, the Consumer Leadership policy states that an individual may only receive funds once in a two year period and individuals are not approved until they receive an official approval letter from the Executive Director of the NGCDD. If you have questions or need assistance regarding the Consumer Leadership application process please contact Diana Peachay, NGCDD Administrative Assistant at 775-684-8619.


CEU credit from the Nevada Department of Education is available for the conference.  Participants wishing to earn 1 CEU will need to complete 3 hours of online training or attend a pre-conference session in addition to the conference.  Participants only attending the conference may receive .5 CEU.






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