Minding Transitions

What is the impact of life transitions within the context of overall lifespan development and why is so disruptive at times? The traditional life cycle of human beings includes infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and aging; transition periods between different cycles is often downplayed or ignored by those with authority. Transition needs are different for the veteran coming home from war than it would be for a college graduate entering the workforce, for instance. For people with disabilities and other marginalized populations, transition periods become critical spaces where stress and fear of the unknown meet underfunded support networks, policy gaps and legislative listlessness.

While there are critical periods including the stretch from infancy to early childhood, a time when intervention services may be needed, this topic area is concerned with a more holistic perspective on how we research, support and design policies in transitional periods. We want to address the conceptualization and experience of transition processes, as well as the practical and policy issues involved in that process. What does the cyclical and dynamic nature of the transition process mean for policy development? For practice? And how can methods of inquiry and research keep apace with the growing needs of individuals from birth to death?

This exploratory topic area is interested in the following areas of discussion:

  • Innovative proposals that address integrated approaches in transition planning of people with disabilities throughout the lifespan;
  • Research and evidence-based practices which prove successful for veterans as they return home;
  • Current practices which have incorporated a lifespan perspective in pediatric, transition, adult and aging health care services for people with a childhood-onset disability;
  • The role of policy interventions throughout the life span that reduce risks and vulnerabilities and boost or uplift resilience and coping capacities of human beings;
  • The role of education and lifelong learning throughout the lifespan;
  • Best practices for supports and services for individual and key transition points;
  • Proposals which address the future needs and sustainability of transition programs and services

If you have a proposal that may not fit in to the above targets, we will welcome them as part of our discussion. We welcome proposals in any presentation format.                                 

Please see presentation formats on our webpage at http://www.pacrim.hawaii.edu/presenters/formats.  Please check the criteria for each format and ensure that you have the appropriate number of presenters for your chosen format. You may submit proposals online at: http://www.pacrim.hawaii.edu/submissions or send your proposals via email to prcall@hawaii.edu.

For more information about this topic area, please contact the Conference Team at prcall@hawaii.edu. For general information on the conference, please contact Charmaine Crockett at cccrocke@hawaii.edu, (808) 956-7539.

For registration questions please contact the registration desk at (808) 956-8816, fax (808) 956-4437 or email prreg@hawaii.edu.