helix-banner-Copy.jpgHELIX Conference

(High Expectations for Students with Low Incidence Disabilities)



Future Conferences

November 9, 10, 11, 2020

November 8, 9, 10, 2021

November 14, 15, 16, 2022


HELIX 2020 Update!

As our state is taking steps toward opening up, we are all thinking about what the next school year will look like, with the hope that teachers and students can be safely together again.
And because no one can predict the future (as much as we may want to), at PaTTAN, we are working to be flexible and responsive to whatever model of school we find ourselves following in the fall. 
PaTTAN’s mission is to build the capacity of Pennsylvania public schools in supporting students with disabilities. The HELIX planning team has had many discussions, and has decided that HELIX will best meet this mission through a virtual conference in 2020. 
We will miss seeing everyone in person and celebrating through shared experiences and networking, but we know, in these difficult times, that our priority must be supporting the continued learning and high expectations of our students!
We hope that this virtual conference will be an opportunity to provide professional development and resources to even more teachers and will inspire attendees with the consistent quality sessions and speakers we have had in the past. 
At this point, you may have a lot of questions … we do too! As we are working out the details, please visit this page for updates on the format, specific schedule, and sessions. 


Who Should Attend?

Staff who support students with low incidence disabilities (including intellectual disabilities) and may serve the following roles:

  • Family members
  • Special education teachers who support students with low incidence disabilities
  • Teachers of students with visually impairments/orientation and mobility specialists
  • Teachers of students with hearing loss
  • Speech therapists who serve students with complex communication needs
  • Supervisors and others who support programs for students with low incidence disabilities
  • Professionals who support students with an acquired brain injury

Here's what attendees said about HELIX 2019‚Äč!

Excellent, experienced, knowledgeable speakers!       This was my first time attending and I absolutely LOVED it! I cannot express how much I took away.        I've been in vocational rehabilitation for twenty years, and I've attended many conferences that are directly relevant to my profession. Even though this conference isn't directly relevant to my profession, this conference ranks right up there as one of the best I've ever been to.

I love coming to this conference to learn things that are specific to the DHH population       As always, a Fantastic conference! Addressing the low incidence population and at the same time, keeping those high expectations.        It was incredible to finally be at a conference/continuing ed opportunity that was tailored to the level of my students. Thank you for providing ideas, research, and support for our more severe populations.

2019 Session Information


History of the HELIX Conference           

Over the past several years, Pennsylvania’s Low Incidence Institute has provided educators and families with the opportunity to engage in deep learning and collegial discussion on topics and strategies essential to the learning and achievement of students with low incidence disabilities.
HELIX (High Expectations for Students with Low Incidence Disabilities) is the reimagining of the Low Incidence Institute by focusing on preparing ALL students, especially students with low incidence disabilities, to be college or career ready when they leave Pennsylvania’s schools. The logo of the interconnected arrows moving upward symbolizes high expectations for student achievement, entwined with strong professional collaboration to help our students accomplish their goals.
HELIX is being held toward the first part of the school year so you can immediately apply your newly-acquired knowledge to your work with students and share ideas with your colleagues.
HELIX has an added focus on strategies and supports for students with intellectual disabilities and students with complex communication needs.