HELIX Conference

High Expectations for Students with Low Incidence Disabilities


Join us to celebrate high expectations for students with low incidence disabilities and to support school staff and families who are working hard to make those expectations a reality in our current school environments. ​This annual statewide conference offers an opportunity to learn and engage with presenters who are recognized in the field, as well as colleagues from across the state, highlighting effective instructional strategies and interventions designed specifically for students with low incidence disabilities.

The 2023 HELIX Conference will be offered in a hybrid format - in person at the Lancaster Convention Center or online through Zoom.




Conference Agenda


Session Information - Coming Soon!


Hotel Information

  • Parking will be included in the room rate for overnight guests (1 vehicle per guest)

  • Restaurant List



HELIX Connect Exhibitors - Coming Soon!

Daily Evaluation Surveys -Coming Soon!

Information for Parents - Coming Soon!

FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions - Coming Soon!

Conference Formats: Your Choice!

This year, the HELIX Conference offers participants a choice of two experiences – in person at the Penn Stater or virtually via zoom. Both options feature speakers who are recognized as experts in their field.

In-Person Experience

Join us at the Penn Stater for a front-row seat at presentations and workshops! HELIX’s in-person sessions will bring together teachers, administrators, families, and other school professionals to discuss current research and practice and engage with colleagues from across the state, as well as national experts.

Highlights of the In-Person Experience:

  • Access to the Exhibit Hall and Poster Session
  • Network with colleagues from across the state
  • Hands-on workshops

Virtual Experience

If you are unable to attend the in-person conference in State College, join its virtual companion! Online HELIX will give you the opportunity to join all of the same sessions as the in-person experience, but from the convenience of your home or office.

Registration Information  for In-Person Attendance

Registration Information for Virtual Attendance

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 and general 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

For all conference questions, please email helix@pattankop.net



Image " This Conference was SO GOOD! I felt so energized and full of good ideas when I left."                              image "I always take away new learning which helps me become a better practitioner."

image "I always take away new learning which helps me become a better practitioner."                              image it is refreshing and inspiring to be around others in the field who have experience and knowledge to share."

 image " overall a wonderful experience and opportunity to receive continuing education and to revitalize ourselves for the the rest of the year!"                             image "This was one of the best conference I have attended in a long time. Loved how every speaker had a personal connection to what they were speaking on."

image "The HELIX conference is refreshing and invokes so much thought that helps to shape effective practices."                                            image "I really like all the hands on examples - lots of great resources! I actually made a list and plan on sharing it with my SLPs/Teachers that I work with."