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Subject: Hold This Date! Vermont Transition Conference October 14 & 15, 2003

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Hold The Date


Creating Bridges to Self Sufficiency

 The Fourth Annual Vermont Transition Conference for Youth with Disabilities

For Registration Information Please Contact Wendy Hanifin at (800) 361-1239

Northern Site: Tuesday, October 14, 2003 - Stoweflake Resort, Stowe, VT, 8:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Southern Site: Wednesday, October 15, 2003 - Killington Grand, Killington, VT, 8:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


 Keynote: Dr. John Seita


Dr. John Seita is a former youth at risk who beat the odds. He was removed from his mother's home at the age of eight. Abused and neglected as a child, his journey though children's institutions and countless foster homes was a litany of degradation and humiliation. His unrestrained anger at his mother and the system led to a childhood of anger, loneliness and one where he fought with adults, counselors, teachers, house parents, childcare workers and anyone else who crossed his path. Today he is Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Michigan State University where he also has appointments with the MSU Extension/4-H and with the Michigan Agricultural Experimental Station.


Dr. John Seita is President of the Evaluation & Advocacy Group and author of three books:  Kids Who Outwit Adults: Understanding the Private Logic of Defiance (with Larry Brendtro), God is in the Kitchen and Other Everyday Miracles, and In Whose Best Interest? (with Martin Mitchell and Christi Barrett). John has written extensively in various journals on subjects related to youth development and program evaluation. He is a nationally recognized expert in the field of youth development and is in demand as a trainer and keynote speaker.


Sample of Featured Workshops 

1. Circles of Courage: Dr. Seita explores ways of tapping into the potential of the most discouraged youth.

2. Employment 101: Employment resources for youth in transition. What is available and where to find it.

3. Benefits and Healthcare in Transition: Excellent incentives are built into the SSI/SSDI programs for youth who want to go to work or college. Learn about these options and about healthcare options for youth in transition.

4. How to Make it in College: How youth with disabilities can succeed in post secondary education.