“The Transition Series is such a useful event. I have attended twice, and I find that I always learn something new, about these complicated topics. It has really helped me both as a parent and as a professional who works with parents of students with developmental disabilities.”

– Janet R. – Alexandria, VA


** COVID-19 Crisis Update **

We are committed to holding Transiton Series 2020.  The information that is presented and the experience shared by parents and those with I/DD is a critical service to families across Northern Virginia.


We continue to monitor the situation with regard to the coronoavirus crisis.  We are making plans in a way that the conference can be presented in person if possible, but also as an online, virtual event if that is the best choice for everyone’s safety and health.  Look for an announcement later this summer, but know that we do plan to hold this important event.


The Need

As the parent of a child with a disability, until now you and the school system have shared the responsibility of how your child will spend the majority of his or her time during the day. Most likely your child lives with you, goes to school, and perhaps engages in activities sponsored by the school system or in which other peers participate.  However, once a child exits the school system, the young adult, the parents and family must take the lead in defining and navigating the future.  This means researching and advocating for services in areas such as employment, meaningful day activities, recreation, and housing.  It also means making arrangements for your child’s long-term financial security.  Making decisions for an adult child with a disability can be complicated and overwhelming.


Meeting the Need

Transition Series is our annual 2-day*, interactive experience designed to educate and empower families and individuals with disabilities as they transition from school-provided services to community-based services for adults.


While parents, caregivers, and disability services professionals are attending a series of workshops, young adults with disabilities are engaged in a curriculum of various lessons and activities facilitated by Marymount University students.  These activities are designed to address a range of transition situations they may encounter, including social, communication, employment, and recreation skills.


Topics for Parents & Caregivers Include:

•  Employment supports and services
•  Meaningful day activities
•  Legal authority options
•  Medicaid waivers and managed care
•  SSI and SSDI
•  Special needs trusts and ABLE accounts


Topics for Transitioning Youth & Young Adults (ages 14-25) Include:

•  Independent living skills
•  Social skills
•  Communication skills
•  Recreation and social activities
•  Employment skills
•  Self-advocacy skills


The Details


Saturday, September 26th –AND– Saturday, October 17th



8:30am – 3:00pm



Marymount University – Ballston Center,  1000 N. Glebe Road, Arlington VA



$50 per family  – or –  $25 per individual
Space is limited and pre-registration is required.



*Attendance at both sessions is required for parents/caregivers, and optional for the youth/young adult participant.



A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.



Registration deadline is Friday, September 11th.

HOWEVER… Transition Series often fills up fast!  We urge you to register early to guarantee your spot.



Parents – Youth – Families Registration 


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Educators & Support Professionals Registration


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For More Information, Contact:

Diane Monnig, Transition Manager

703-208-1119 x118




Transition Series 2019 is planned and presented in collaboration with:

•  The students and faculty at Marymount University


Marymount University


Transition Series 2019 is sponsored in part by: