Youth & Parent Summit

The Youth and Parent Summit is a three-day event held each June and sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education and the Partnership for People with Disabilities. Youth with disabilities from across the Commonwealth meet to network and discuss issues of importance to youth and young adults with disabilities.

This year, due to safety concerns connected to COVID-19, the event will again be online. This Virtual Summit will follow a similar feel to the face-to-face events in that it will include a welcome from VDOE representatives, sessions for youth which were prepared with the help from our state youth leaders, sessions for parents, a keynote address, an assistive technology lab, and exhibitor information focusing on Virginia resources for youth with disabilities.

This will be our second year hosting a Virtual Summit. We have learned from the successes of the 2020 event, and are planning on building new opportunities for the 2021 event. Our main focus will be offering live opportunities for youth and parents to interact. These opportunities may include live workshops to learn and practice self-determination skills, ask questions, have conversations, and we’re hoping to have a virtual dance party as well!

The Virtual Summit is scheduled for June 14-17, 2021. We are in the beginning stages of planning the event, so there are still many details that need to be worked out. As details are finalized, the new information will be added to this page. We appreciate your patience as we continue to build this event.

Applications – Applications are typically collected during January and February in order to give our team enough time to work out room assignments. Since this event is virtual, we do not need as much time. More information about applications will be available in March.

In the meantime, if you are interested in what a face-to-face event is like, watch some of the videos below. And if you’re curious about our virtual events, you can still access the 2020 Virtual Summit here.

An event schedule will be provided closer to the event date (not before May).

When: June 14-17, 2021 

Where: Online! A link will be provided during the event.

Who: The Youth Sessions are created for youth with disabilities 13-21 years old, and the parent sessions are created for parents and family members who support their youth.

Applications: More information about applications will be provided in March.


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