Conference Information:

21st Annual START Conference
Preparing for Adulthood: Building on Strengths and Creating Opportunities

May 2, 2022
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, 219 S Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824
Focus: Secondary Transition

We are thrilled to feature the following keynote presenters for the Conference:

  • Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D., Executive Director, EPIC School
  • Amy Gravino, M.A., C.A.S., President/Founder, A.S.C.O.T Consulting
  • Sean Roy, Chief Training and Innovation Officer, TransCen, Inc.
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Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D., Executive Director, EPIC School; Amy Gravino, M.A., C.A.S., President/Founder, A.S.C.O.T Consulting; Sean Roy, Chief Training and Innovation Officer, TransCen, Inc.

START will continue to monitor and adhere to the Ingham County Health Department recommendations and will update conference protocols and measures as appropriate. We ask that all attendees adhere to the applicable local health department recommendations and make responsible choices about travel and in-person participation.

Conference Registration Information

START is pleased to offer two options to access the 21st Annual START Conference:

In-Person Access to the Conference at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center: 

  • Standard: $105.00
  • Student: $30.00 (Individual should be an active student and not employed full-time) 
  • Parent or family member of a child with a disability: $75.00 

In-person registrants will also receive access to the recorded sessions. Parking, morning refreshments, and lunch are included in the registration cost. 

Virtual Access to Recorded Sessions:

Virtual registration allows access to recorded sessions by Amy Gravino and Sean Roy. These virtual sessions will be pre-recorded before the conference date; while similar in content, they are not recordings of the actual conference presentations and may vary in length from those presentations. Registrants who chose the virtual option will be given two weeks to view the recordings. Access to the recordings will be emailed to registrants one week prior to the conference. 

  • Virtual Standard: $30.00
  • Virtual Student: $10.00 (Individual should be an active student and not employed full-time) 
  • Virtual Parent or family member of a child with a disability: $10.00 

Registration is closed. 

Family Scholarship

The START Project is pleased to offer a scholarship to Michigan family members of a child with a disability, to cover the cost of registration for the 21st Annual START Conference.

To be considered for this scholarship, please complete and submit an application. You will receive notification of a decision within 14 days of submission of a completed application. If you are awarded a scholarship, you will be registered for the Conference automatically; please do not register separately from the submission of the application.

Please note: the number of scholarships is limited, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. If you are awarded a scholarship, you may be asked to complete a short survey regarding your experience following the Conference.

In addition, the Family Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs also offers a scholarship that assists families in attending conferences that relate to caring for their child with special needs. 

We are no longer accepting applications for the Family Scholarship. Thank you for your interest. 

Room Block Information

Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, 219 S Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824

  • Room Block Information: There is a room block available at the Kellogg Center, with room rates ranging from $135-$175/night. To reserve your room, call (800) 875-5090 and use the group code: 2204START1.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

START offers State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) (pending approval) for both the in-person option and recorded session option (note: in-person registrants cannot receive credits for both the in-person sessions and the recorded sessions). The cost for SCECHs is $10. Information and instructions will be emailed to registrants prior to the conference. 

START also offers BCBA CEUs for Peter Gerhardt's keynote presentation. The cost for BCBA CEUs is $25. BCBA CEUs are not available for the recorded session option. 

For other continuing education units and/or professional licensure renewal units, START offers attendance verification for the conference. 

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