About the conference

The 2013 Annual Conference looked at systems and supports for people with disabilities in making transitions. The conference presented some international and Irish good practice around different kinds of transitions such as:

  • From residential institutions into the community
  • Transitions through different levels of the education system

This conference also highlighted the key elements for successful transition.

The conference programme included an opening speech from Minister Kathleen Lynch T.D., Minister for Disability, Equality, Mental Health and Older People. The full programme included the following;

Session I: Principles & Practice of Successful Transition

  • Guiding principles for transition from Residential Institutions to the Community: Kirsi Konola, Director of Development, KPVS Finland
  • The Local Area Co-ordination Programme - Successful transitions in Practice: Eddie Bartnik, founder of the Local Area Co-ordination programme in Australia
  • Planning for transitions in education: Jerry Rosenqvist, Professor of Special Education, Malm√∂ University
  • Transitioning into employment: Dr. Richard Luecking, President of TransCen in the USA

Session II: Voice of Lived Experience

  • Setting the Scene - Presentation on key issues and NDA research: Siobhan Barron, Director, National Disability Authority
  • Adapting to major life change: Mags Mullarney, founder Move4Parkinsons
  • Transitioning into employment. What works: Shane Purcell, Cumas New Ross Community Workshops
  • Introduction to Next Steps Project: Alison Harnett, Next Steps Project Coordinator
  • Warning! Health and Safety. Managing risks for increased independent living opportunities: Martin Dooher, Self Advocate and Next Steps Steering Committee member