Lincoln County, Mo. - The BCI Skills Center will host a free Transition Planning Conference on Wednesday, Oct. 27 from 9 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 conference schedule, visit https://skillscentertransitionconference2021.eventbrite.com.