Praise for 2015 Ready For Take-Off Speaker - Theresa Maitland

Educators and Mental Health Professionals
Moderator: Theresa Maitland

Theresa's April 25th session will discuss how professionals who work with college bound teens and their families can integrate the information from the conference into their current practice.

"This talk is a Must See for any student, parent, and special education teacher at the middle and high school level thinking about future academic work after high school.  Dr. Maitland shares her invaluable insights from 30 plus years of real life experience helping this unprepared population when they land in the independent and unstructured world of college. 

She does this with powerful data, anecdotal stories, and humor making this often ignored, but critically important work understandable, relatable, and actionable.  The ultimate goal of special education is preparing students for their future, but Dr. Maitland has identified a gaping hole in the process and provided simple, manageable next steps in preparing our youth for independent academic success.  She passionately brings this important dialogue out into the open.  I have recommended her book to all of my families as one of the most important steps in planning for and supporting their child's future."

Stacey Kohn
Triangle Parent Navigator

"Dr. Theresa Maitland was able to share critical information with our parents and teachers on the transition from high school to college for our students with disabilities. Her presentation was engaging and informative and will certainly help ease the minds of parents and teachers when preparing these students for the next chapters in their lives. We were very fortunate to have her speak to our families!"

Stephanie Jordan
Coordinating Teacher in Special Education Services for Wake County Schools


Saturday, April 25, 2015
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
*Registration begins at 8:00am

Greater Chicago West
705 Jackson Boulevard
Oak Park, Illinois 60304

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