Transitions matter for many reasons, not only because they affect people across each stage of their life, but also because they provoke new territory to explore. What transition services, supports and models are effective, and why? Which children or youth stand to benefit the most? What defines a successful transition? These questions and more were explored at this year's Symposium, with the largest number of attendees ever.
Research talks, using a TEDtalk style, were innovative and engaged people in the following transition talks:
Gathering evidence to support families in transition to development/rehabilitation services for children with neurodevelopmental disorders: Understanding parents' experiences and needs
Evidence-informed perspectives on hospital-to-school transitions from students, families, educators, clinicians and researchers
Optimizing life success through residential immersive life skills programs for youth with disabilities
Project Falcon: Exploring a virtual reality-based video game controller with haptic feedback for upper extremity rehabilitation of young people with cerebral palsy
Thought-provoking and insightful dialogue emerged out of the Lived Experience Panel. Quick hits took research in the fast lane. An opening performance and dance of possibilities captured the heart of everyone in the room. The poster session brought together diverse audiences and informed new perspectives. Co-hosts Tom Chau and Suzanne Jorisch, Family Leader, led the exciting day.
The BRI was joined by Debra Stewart, the event keynote and Mickey Milner International Professorship Lecture. Debra presented recent research and relevant theories and models that contribute to evolving 'evidence-based practices' to support and engage children and youth with disabilities, their families, and their communities, during life course transitions.
November 10th raised the volume on transition research, with many thanks to all speakers and thought-leaders, scientists and families, and the audience.