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2024 I/DD Youth Transition Conference

Two days of webinars and workshops celebrating youth & young adults who experience an intellectual and/or developmental disability, their caregivers and the professionals who serve them.

Day 1: Tuesday, October 1st.

Day 2: Thursday, October 3rd.

Sessions and times to be announced.

Check back for updates as we get closer to the dates!

Pre-Registration is Open!

To pre-register, please click here.

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Our Theme Explained

The hero's journey is a common narrative structure that has been used to tell tales of people growing and overcoming challenges. It is a type of story that has been told for thousands of years in different forms, with examples including Homer's Odyssey, Spider-Man, and even Star Wars.

The 2024 NJ I/DD Youth Transition Conference will explore various aspects of the Hero's Journey, including:

1. Personal Empowerment: Strategies for building self-confidence, self-advocacy skills, and resilience in the face of challenges.


2. Transition Planning: Tools and resources for navigating the transition from school to adulthood, including education, employment, housing, and independent living skills.


3. Family Support: Tips and techniques for caregivers and family members to support the transition process and promote independence.


4. Community Inclusion: Best practices for fostering inclusive communities that embrace diversity and celebrate the contributions of individuals with disabilities.


5. Professional Development: Training opportunities for professionals working with young adults with disabilities, including educators, social workers, therapists, and service providers.

We are all the heroes of our own stories with our own challenges to overcome and lessons to learn. However, we are never alone on our journeys. We are going through our stories side by side, each one unique and meaningful. We give and get support. We see each other lose and triumph. We build a world full of stories worth sharing with one another.


We hope our theme provides a chance for our community to share and our stories and see how we can help each other on our journeys.

Wanted: Vendor Village Members

The 4th Annual NJ I/DD Youth Transition Conference is seeking organizations to join our Vendor Village!

Joining Vendor Village and all the perks that come with it only costs $300.

Your organization is a great fit for Vendor Village if you are a:

  • Local, county, state, or federal organization.

  • Mental & behavioral health provider.

  • Community advocacy group for people with disabilities and their families.

  • Financial & special needs planner.

  • Goods & services provider.

  • Post-secondary educational & training program.

  • Summer camp for students with disabilities.

  • Family support group for caregivers.

The benefits of joining Vendor Village include:

  • Opportunity to promote your organization and its resources at four quarterly virtual transition networking events, from October 2024 - July 2025. 

  • Permanent logo and listing on 2024 Vendor Village webpage.

  • Logo on all 2024 YTC email campaigns (3,300+ subscribers, 47-51% average open rate).

  • Social media shoutouts and tagging on Instagram and Facebook.

  • Exposure to over 1,000 YTC attendees.

If you are interested, please click here and fill out the short form.

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