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The Institute for Innovative Transition provides an Information and Referral Center for individuals with developmental disabilities ages 12-30, their families, school staff, and adult service providers throughout Monroe County. READ MORE   One of the goals for the Institute for Innovative Transition is to increase inclusive postsecondary education opportunities for young adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. READ MORE  
The B. Thomas Golisano Foundation brought Project SEARCHTM to the Greater Rochester Area with the Institute for Innovative Transition and provided the essential funding to develop the local partnerships.
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The Institute collaborates with agencies, service providers and schools to provide assistance with trainings and dissemination of transition information to families, teachers, youth and young adults with developmental disabilities. READ MORE   Our policy initiatives are designed to work in partnership with local and state agencies to review current and future policies that have an effect on transition age youth and young adults and their families in New York State. READ MORE  


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2014 Annual Institute

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

University of Rochester's Memorial Art Gallery

500 University Avenue, Rochester, NY


Please join us for the Institute for Innovative Transition's 2014 Annual Institute. This year's Institute, designed for parents, students, and professionals, will focus on inclusive Higher Education and Transition and will feature a keynote address by Claire Bible and the general session, College and Career Readiness Resources for Students, by Lori Cooney. Coffee, a light breakfast, and lunch will be provided. For more information or to register for the Institute, visit

For student and parent scholarships, please contact Mary Judge at or (585) 275-2454.

Claire Bible, a student teacher in the Waisman Early Childhood Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is an advocate, poet, and aspiring novelist. She has been an AmeriCorps member, a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) trainee, and currently serves on the Board for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD) and People First Wisconsin.

Lori Cooney is a project coordinator & universal instructional design specialist at Think College at the Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts Boston. Lori has extensive experience in designing and delivering professional development for faculty and staff on instructional resources, universal design techniques, lesson plans and assessment strategies that meet the learning styles of all students. Lori has received a MassCUE Pathfinder Award, a Technology Humanist Award from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, is a STAR Discovery Educator, and is recognized as a Christa McAuliffe Teacher by the Challenger Learning Center at Framingham State University.

8:30 - Registration
9:00 - Welcome
9:15 - Keynote Address
10:15 - General Session
11:45 - Lunch
12:45 to 1:45 - Breakout Session 1
2:00 to 3:00 - Breakout Session 2

Register at
Parents - $25
Students - $10
Professionals - $45


For more information or to register for the Institute, visit For student and parent scholarships, please contact Mary Judge at or (585) 275-2454. You can also visit this link for more information 







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