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DCDT is pleased to welcome Michigan as a new subdivision.
Interested DCDT members in Michigan can contact Adam Danapilis at

DCDT is pleased to announce that Maryland has been re-established as a subdivision.
Interested DCDT members in Maryland can contact Cherise Hunter at

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DCDT 2014 Convention- Cleveland November 6-8

Announcing the 18th DCDT International Conference: “Transition Rocks”

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DCDT CLEVELAND WEB Program (Faster Download)

Please join us for the 18th Annual DCDT International Conference – “Transition Rocks” in Cleveland, Ohio, from November 6 to 8, 2014.  The conference will include a number of transition related strands including transition assessment, cultural diversity, postsecondary education and employment, family involvement, and community partnerships. Over last 18 years, the International DCDT Conference has brought together secondary transition stakeholders from across the country to network and focus on research-based strategies to support youth with disabilities as they transition from school into post-school life.


Pre-conference Information

Join us for a one day pre-conference event called "Increasing Employment Outcomes of Students Through Postsecondary Education". The session will provide information on the current state of postsecondary programs for students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, both nationally and in Ohio.

Click here for the pre-conference agenda: DCDT 11.5.14 preconference agenda

Registration Fees 

A $50.00 processing charge will be required for cancellation of the conference and associated events before October 6, 2014. After October 6, 2014, no refunds will be made for the conference and events associated with the conference. Substitutions can be made at any time.

Hotel Information:

Renaissance Cleveland Hotel 24 Public Square, Cleveland, OH  44113 Code:   DCDT $159.00 – reservations must be made by 10/5/14 for the discounted rate! Hotel Registration Link:

For information on submitting purchase orders and/or conference questions


Contact Conference Planner, Dr. Cindi Nixon

Conference Registration Fees

W-9 for Cleveland

CEC Member Fee: $320.00 Discounted Price If Registered By Monday, October 6, 2014 - $290.00

Non CEC Member Fee: $345.00 Discounted Price If Registered By Monday, October 6, 2014 - $310

Parent/Student Fee: $240.00 Discounted Price If Registered By Monday, October 6, 2014 - $215

Thursday Only RegistrationYouth (Under 18) Fee: $160.00

  • CEC Member, Includes Breakfast & Reception $175.00
  • CEC Non-Member, Includes Breakfast & Reception $195.00
  • Youth (Under 18) One Day Only, Includes Breakfast & Reception $95.00

Friday Only Registration Fee

  • CEC Member, Includes Breakfast & Lunch $175.00
  • CEC Non-Member, Registration Fee, Includes Breakfast & Lunch $195.00
  • Youth (Under 18) One Day Only, Includes Breakfast & Lunch $95.00

Saturday Only

  • Saturday Only, Includes Breakfast:  $60.00

Session Pre-Conference Full-Day Workshop – Wednesday, November 5th

  • Full Day Pre-Conference – Melinda Baird, “Legal Issues in Transition” $100.00

Pre-Conference Full-Day Workshop – November 5th

  • Full Day Pre-Conference – “Think College $110.00

DCDT 2014 Cleveland Conference fees

DCDT Mission

The mission of DCDT is to promote national and international efforts to improve the quality of and access to, career/vocational and transition services, increase the participation of education in career development and transition goals and to influence policies affecting career development and transition services for persons with disabilities.

Promoting College Access

Recently Liz Getzel  was part of a panel on access to higher education for students with disabilities organized by the Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions.  Liz reported she had a great experience and the panel had three student participants who were terrific!  She was happy to discuss many of the issues that our organization is demonstrating and researching!