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Annual Conference

Transition across the Lifespan: What it Means for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities and their Families

Anthony Antosh, EdD
Sherlock Center on Disabilities, Rhode Island College


Transition is the process of changing from one state or condition to another. Like all people, those with developmental disabilities and their families, experience many types of transitions in their lives – from early childhood, adolescence, adulthood, to aging. This conference will explore the challenges and successes of transition across the life span from the perspectives of people with developmental disabilities, their families, providers of services and supports, and researchers. The conference will offer key information that uses transition as a lens to foster positive self-determination and full participation in all aspects of community life across all racial, ethnic, and cultural groups. 


Following this conference, the audience will:

  • Define key elements of successful transition,
  • Describe the challenges encountered by people with developmental disabilities and the families, and service providers,
  • Describe supports that lead to successful periods of transition for individuals with developmental disabilities across the lifespan, and
  • Describe the necessary procedures to transition from the Part C to Part B system,
  • Describe effective practices to assist youth/young adults with disabilities to explore possibilities, take advantage of opportunities, and actively advocate for their future

Registration is full!


8:30 - 9:15 am

Registration & Coffee

9:15 - 9:30 am

Welcome: Tawara Goode, MA
Director, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

9:30 am

Opening:  Shileta Gorham
2015 Recipient of the Geraldine Waldorf’s Making a Difference Award

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Keynote: Tony Antosh, EdD
Director, Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities
Rhode Island College

12:00 noon - 12:30 pm


12:30 - 1:30 pm

A Celebration of Accomplishment

1:30 - 2:30 pm

Transitions through the Life Span:  What do we need to know?

- Medical Transitions                                                                             Lisa Brace
- Early Intervention to Early Childhood Services under IDEA Carlene Reid
- Leaving School: What’s Next   Rebecca Salon
- A Personal Perspective   Heyab Berhan

2:30 - 2:35 pm


2:45 - 3:30 pm

Summary/Take Home Messages - Tony Antosh, EdD

June 16, 2017

8:30 am – 3:30 pm

School of Continuing Studies
640 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001 - Getting There

Conference Partners

  • Georgetown University, Center for Child and Human Development, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
  • Georgetown University, School of Continuing Studies, Certificate in Early Intervention
  • Strong Start:  District of Columbia’s Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities Program
  • DC Developmental Disabilities Council
  • University Legal Services, Protection and Advocacy Services of the District of Columbia
  • Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities
  • DC DDA Health Initiative

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