HELIX Conference


Future Conferences

November 9, 10, 11, 2020

November 8, 9, 10, 2021

November 14, 15, 16, 2022


Please check back for more information about HELIX 2020!

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 enjoyed this conference. The format of having 2 hour sessions is a great option.

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.        This conference made me feel like there were other people in my boat! Too often I feel like no one understands what I'm going through with my students, so it was nice to hear and talk to other educators like me.

I felt this was extremely helpful for the work I am doing with teachers. I am going to be able to share a ton of resources and research based ideas.       I really enjoyed attending the conference and learned quite a bit. It was also nice to speak with the various professionals attending and get their opinions on things and express a parent perspective on situation to them as well.       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.

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.


Resources from HELIX 2019


Conference Agenda

Session Information


Continuing Education Credits

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

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.