Transition Planning Conference for Young Adults with Disabilities is October 27
The BCI Skills Center will host a free Transition Planning Conference on Wednesday, October 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Le Belle Coeur located at 1115 S. Main St., St. Charles, MO 63301. The conference will be an empowering event for young adults with disabilities and their families as they begin the pivotal process of transitioning out of high school. Professionals such as educators, service providers and vocational counselors are also welcomed to attend.
“This conference will help people chart their own successful transition into adulthood,” said Skills Center Executive Director Todd Streff. “This is an exciting time but one that can also be hard to navigate. We are fortunate to have plenty of resources and opportunities in our region. We will review them all while also sharing plenty of encouragement and inspiration. Attendees will leave energized and ready to tackle this next chapter.”
Dave Thompson will give the keynote address. Thompson has been an educator, innovator and advocate in the field of Neurodiversity Employment since 2010. As Senior Director of Employment and Inclusion for New York’s The Nicholas Center, and in partnership with Spectrum Designs Foundation, he helps to create and manage systems of support which help neurodivergent individuals in the workplace every day. As a self-advocate with ADHD and Dyslexia, Thompson has unique insight into just how valuable yet undervalued, deserving and yet under-served the neurodivergent community is.
The conference is being funded through generous grants from the Saigh Foundation and LIFT.
Attendance is free and includes lunch. To register or view the entire conference schedule, visit https://skillscentertransitionconference2021.eventbrite.com.
About the Skills Center
Founded in 2019, the BCI Skills Center is a first-of-its-kind vocational training facility for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. The Skills Center co-creates its custom programs in partnership with local, inclusive-minded businesses. Upon graduating, students join the partner businesses where they work alongside non-disabled individuals while earning the same opportunities, responsibilities, benefits, and pay. Headquartered at 2026 Trade Center Dr. in St. Peters, Mo., the BCI Skills Center currently offers programs in manufacturing, hospitality housekeeping, and information technology. For more information, call (636) 875-5251 or visit https://skillscenterstl.com.
The BCI Skills Center receives funding from the Developmental Disabilities Resource Board of St. Charles County (DDRB). The DDRB is a public taxing entity, commonly known as a "Senate Bill 40 Board,” that enters into funding contracts with agencies that serve individuals with developmental disabilities in St. Charles County. For more information, visit their website at https://www.ddrb.org.