2023 PA Community of Practice Transition Conference




2023 PA Community of Practice Transition Conference
Our Voice, Our Plan, Our Future
August 9 & 10, 2023
Registration is open!

Virtual and In-Person Opportunities Available

Penn Stater Conference Center
215 Innovation Boulevard State College, PA 16803



family-graphic.jpgTuesday, August 8, 2023 (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
Youth & Family Pre-Conference Sessions – In-Person Only
 AA-1   "Life Through My Lens"

Wednesday, August 9, 2023 (6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)
PYLN Youth Event – Games, DJ, Photo Booth - In-Person Only 

Feature Presenters

Chris Nikic
– Team Nikic, Inc, Owner Chris Nikic set a new world record by being the first person with Down Syndrome to complete a 140.6-mile Ironman. His mission is to inspire others like him to pursue their dreams and goals. His greatest achievement is showing others how shifting your focus from your disabilities to your abilities and pursuing your dreams with an unwavering tenacity, a positive attitude and a no-quit grit can help anyone achieve their goals and dreams

Nik Nikic
– Sales Optimizer, LLC, CEO Nik brings over 20 years of experience in helping clients maximize top line revenue by enabling “Digital Sales Transformations” through a turnkey solution that includes end to end sales process design, CRM tools and adoption training programs. Over the years Nik and his organization have worked with many global companies like United Technologies, Cognizant, United Airlines, Enterprise, Quad Graphics, Computer Sciences Corporation, NICE Systems and many others. My Greatest Coaching Achievement: Teaching my son how to achieve the impossible by getting 1% Better Every Day.



Youth & Family Scholarships Available


A limited number of scholarships are available for conference attendees who meet the following criteria:

  • Transition-aged youth between the ages of 14-22 with a current IEP, a 504 Plan or self-disclose that they have a disability accompanied by an adult (family member/caregiver)

  • Family member or caregiver of a transition-aged youth between the ages of 14-22, with a current IEP, a 504 Plan or self-disclose that they have a disability without the youth attending.

  • Member of Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network (PYLN)

  • Youth Ambassador

For applicants to receive a scholarship from the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), they must have an OVR-244 (Pre-ETS Consent) on file or have an open case with OVR. If there isn’t an OVR-244 on file prior to applying for the scholarship, a referral to OVR is required to receive a scholarship.

Families are encouraged to apply by completing the scholarship application on or before June 30, 2023.

The scholarship will cover the following:
• Registration Fee – for either in-person or virtual registration
• Lodging - Cost of a double occupancy hotel room for those that live beyond 50 miles of the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
• Meals - Continental breakfast and lunch on August 9th and August 10th will be available. All other meals will be the responsibility of the applicant.
• Please Note - Scholarships do not include travel expenses or transportation.
• Childcare is NOT provided.