THEME: Community Building and Activism to Strengthen Self-Determination: Closing Equity, Opportunity, and Achievement Gaps for Neurodivergent Youth and Young Adults
The Let’s Talk LD Post-Secondary Planning & Transition Conference is one of only a few multi-day conferences in the nation (with a global audience) that is designed and produced SPECIFICALLY for neurodivergent youth and young adults (and the family members, allies, and transition professionals who support them). Our conference is produced to address the unique challenges faced by neurodivergent individuals as they navigate their post-secondary planning and transition journey, and pursue academic, job and career, and civic engagement opportunities.
Let's Talk LD addresses critically important social justice and equity of educational opportunity issues faced by those in the neurodiverse community.
Our virtual Institute and in-person Conference will feature an exciting community of thought leaders, practitioners, and transition professionals who are leaders in their fields. This year's 2022 conference will be presented as a hybrid conference, with Virtual Institute programming for educational, advocacy/activist, clinical and therapeutic, disability support services, and transition professionals occurring on Monday, September 26th through Friday, September 30th. Live/In-person all-stakeholder programming will be presented on Saturday, October 1st at Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC).
We ENTHUSIASTICALLY welcome your thought leadership and invite you to submit a proposal to serve as a presenter at our 2022 Post-Secondary Planning & Transition Conference for Neurodivergent Youth and Young Adults. Specific information about this event and guidelines for the REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL can be found HERE.
Submissions are open to special education advocates (lay and professional), and educational, clinical, therapeutic, disability support services, and transition professionals working in both K-12 and post-secondary ecosystems.
Submissions will be accepted between June 20, 2022, at midnight, and August 19, 2022, at 11:59 p.m.
Submissions must arrive by the deadline on August 19, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us at LTLDCC2022@LetsTalkLD.org.
This year's hybrid Let's Talk LD 2022 Post-Secondary Planning & Transition Conference for Neurodivergent Youth and Young Adults will occur virtually on Monday, September 26, 2022 through Friday, September 30, 2022, and in-person/live-streamed on Saturday, October 1, 2022. Our conference theme is “Community Building to Strengthen Self-Determination: Closing Equity, Opportunity, and Achievement Gaps for Neurodivergent Youth and Young Adults.”
For many neurodivergent individuals, the journey from college student access, through college student success, to career success can prove difficult to navigate successfully. During our conference, in accordance with our conference theme, we will examine the importance of community-building as a critical element of the post-secondary transition journey and how self-determination (both as a process in human development, and as a formal Regional Center program designed to implement a person-centered plan) is a critically important factor in supporting a successful post-secondary transition.
Factors that undermine diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts can serve as barriers to the advancement of neurodivergent individuals. If we are to consider fully the impact of these inequities, we must also consider how we might work as a community to identify and remedy educational and social injustices that undermine the college access and college success, career success, and civic engagement of neurodivergent people. As presenters, we would like you to consider how you might offer a compelling presentation that explores how to build on the important work of American disability rights activists like the incomparable Judith Heumann, by focusing attention on how to identify and navigate the factors and circumstances that may serve as barriers to neurodivergent individuals as they attempt to transition successfully into post-secondary life. You may also choose to examine the kind of specific actions that are required to improve post-secondary access and opportunity for neurodivergent individuals. We strongly encourage you to develop a presentation that is consistent with our conference theme.
Our Post-Secondary Planning & Transition Conference for Neurodivergent Youth and Young Adults is one of only a few full-day post-secondary transition conferences in the nation that is designed and produced specifically to encourage and guide neurodivergent youth and young adults in developing an effective plan for appropriate post-secondary pursuits in the areas of: educational, technical education, and vocational training; job and career planning and development, and; civic engagement. Our conference has always featured an exciting community of thought leaders, practitioners, and transition professionals who are leaders in their fields. Our presenters will focus attention on identifying and navigating those factors and circumstances that serve as barriers to successful college and career transition and active civic engagement. Conference attendees will be invited to consider and discover the kind of action that is required to improve college and career access for individuals who are neurodiverse. Please refer to the Request for Proposals for the specific details that will be important to guide your proposal.