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September 15, 2013

SCHOLARSHIPS available for the Iowa Transition Conference: Oct 9-11

by Elaine Cook

Great news!  EdEvents just announced that each AEA will be awarded three scholarships to attend the Iowa Transition Conference on October 9 – 11th in Coralville.   This includes both conference registration as well as lodging.  Please share this information with any parents you know that may be interested in attending.  This scholarship is also for educators.  See below for more details:


Scholarships for Parents and Educators 
NOW Available! 
Apply online at EdEvents today!
Scholarships to attend the Iowa Transition PreConference and Conference are being provided by the Iowa Department of Education. The scholarship includes registration fees for both the PreConference and Conference as well as lodging for two nights at the Coralville Marriott in Coralville, IA.
Three scholarships will be awarded to each AEA. To be eligible applicants must be either a parent of a transition age youth or an educator who works with transition age youth.
Scholarships will be awarded on a first come/first serve basis and applicants will be notified within one day!
To apply, click on the link below:



Go to the Iowa Transition Conference home page, find the menu on the right side, scroll to the bottom and click on Scholarship Application.

Early Bird Registration EXTENDED!
In appreciation for your patience while our new website was being built, we are extending the reduced registration cost through October 10th!
 October 9, 2013
11:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Participant              $129
Parent                    $  99
Student                   $ 79
October 10, 2013 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
October 11, 2013  7:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Participant              $279
Parent                    $149
Student                  $149
Presenter               $149
*NOTE: There will be social on Thursday evening from 4:30-6:00 for participants to network and relax. Rocco Fiorentino will provide music. Plan to attend!
*Registration Fees include: Admission to keynote presentations and sessions, conference materials, access to electronic handouts, breakfast (available all three days), lunch (available preconference and first day of the general conference), afternoon snack (available preconference and first day of the general conference) and admission to the social!
Pre-Conference Sessions
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
The pre-conference sessions will begin on Wednesday, October 9 at 11:30 and go to 5:00. Participants will be able to attend sessions which will include excellent sessions on technology for living, learning and working!
Detailed session information can be found at:

Rocco Fiorentino Rocco Fiorentino, Musician

Thursday, October 10, 2013
When meeting 15 year old Rocco Fiorentino, it’s easy to be captivated by his positive outlook on life and his warm, outgoing personality. It’s wonderful to know that this young person, who is blind due to premature birth, is an award-winning advocate for all children who are blind or visually impaired. As the Ambassador for The Little Rock Foundation, the non-profit organization named for Rocco that is dedicated to improving the lives of other blind or visually impaired children, Rocco continually builds awareness about blindness by lobbying and educating the public. When it comes to Rocco’s passion, it’s clearly his music. When he performs, he brings crowds to their feet with his vocal talent and his ability on the piano and drums. Rocco is mainstreamed in regular classes, an honor student, and attends high school in Voorhees, NJ.


Ako photo Ako Kambon, Keynote
Thursday, October 10, 2013    

Ako Kambon, president of Visionary Leaders Institute, is a dynamic, versatile motivational speaker and trainer. Mr. Kambon is nationally recognized as a leader in the fields of educational consulting and designing and conducting leadership seminars for public and private educational institutions. Appointed by an Ohio gubernatorial commission, Mr. Kambon served as executive administrator of The Ohio Commission on African American Males. Mr. Kambon created a school for African American males who were at-risk of entering the Ohio penal system. The school received tremendous recognition for its creative approach to reach and teach young men who were at-risk of falling through the crack. The incorporation of technology in reaching and teaching all students is vital to ensuring they are college and career ready. Philosophically, Mr. Kambon is a great believer in the efficacy of public-private partnerships. “I am a profound believer in self-help,” he says. When it comes to community issues, “government should be a catalyst and supporter of local initiatives, but must not attempt to apply generic solutions to specific problems and situations.” Similarly, Mr. Kambon is a strong advocate for the establishment of policies, programs, and procedures that engage parents in the education of their children. “Parents must be hands-on participants in the educational process – active partners with teachers and administrators,” he says. “Getting parents involved often requires special effort and carefully devised programmatic approaches. This is especially true in multicultural environments where there may be race, class, and communications issues to overcome.” Mr. Kambon and his wife, Hanifah – a recently retired teacher in the Columbus Public Schools – are the parents of three daughters.

Patti Vasques Patti Vasquez, Keynote
Friday, October 11, 2013

Funny happens. And it always happens when comedian Patti Vasquez is around. You don’t have to take our word for it either. Lewis Black says “Patti is simply marvelous”. Patti Vasquez is leading the Lipstick Mom Movement nationwide. Lipstick Moms believe that being a wife and mother doesn’t prevent you from feeling attractive. It says something when you can still be sexy even if you’ve spent the day doing laundry and washing sippy cups. But Patti doesn’t simply dwell on the minutia of motherhood. She tackles social issues with a cheerful edginess. Her hilarious take on the foibles of human nature keeps people coming back to see what she has to say about relationships, pop culture and random encounters with strangers who have no idea she’s cataloging their ridiculous behavior to share with audiences all over the world.

Patti has appeared in a number of comedy festivals including Just For Laughs, HBO’s Las Vegas Comedy Festival, the Chicago Comedy Festival and Marshall’s Women in Comedy Festival in New York City. On television Patti has appeared on the VERY FUNNY SHOW on TBS and COMEDY.TV along with regular appearances on the popular BOB & TOM TV Show on Superstation WGN and their daily morning radio show syndicated in 139 cities across the country.  Most recently Patti is part of a new TV series My Life is a Joke on OWN.


Detailed Conference information can be found at:

For more detailed information about the
 Iowa Transition Conference

Marriott Coralville
Coralville Marriott in
Coralville, IA
A hotel room block has been set up at the Coralville Marriott.
A limited number of rooms are available (on a first come/first serve basis) for the government room rate of $80 per night or the standard room rate of $139.00 per night.
Reservations can be made by calling (800) 228-9290 or (319) 688-4000 and asking for the
Iowa Transition Conference 2013
NOTE: The block 
expires at 5:00 PM on September 18, 2013 or when all rooms described above fill.

QUESTIONS about the Iowa Transition Conference?
Linda Maitrejean at or
 Kim Swenson at
See you at the Conference!


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