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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  


Latest Events

Dare to Dream

Disabled and Proud is a FREE national conference for current and future college students with disabilities - the next generation of leaders on campus and BEYOND!


  • Keynotes from star of FOX's Glee Lauren Potter; advocate and musician Keith Jones; and award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib
  • Workshop strands on Activism on Campus, Tools and Resources, Knowing Yourself, and Supporting Your Student
  • "Disability Cafe" open-mic with local performance poets, dancers, comedians, and Disabled and Proud attendees
  • All meals are included in your FREE registration

Disabled and Proud will provide opportunities for students to connect, educate, and motivate each other to pursue their academic and social goals with intention and direction. Attendees will be encouraged to build more inclusive environments in their schools and on their campuses.


Register Here

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 our 2014 Annual Institute. This year's Institute, designed for parents, students, and professionals, will focus on inclusive higher education and transition. The general session, Future Quest Island: Promoting College and Career Readiness for All Middle School Students, will be presented by Nancy Hurley of the University of Massachusetts Boston. Breakout sessions will include: In the Driver's Seat: Ways to Support Self-Directed Services and Diving Deeper into Future Quest Island. 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. You can also visit this link for more information 







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