Fall Conference Highlights

Innovation in Special Education

October 10, 2014
Fall 2014 Conference Highlights
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President’s Message

What a great conference we had in Orlando! The venue, the speakers and the overall atmosphere was extremely positive and beneficial to all that attended. This year was our largest attendance so far with over 150 registered attendees.

The lineup of presenters truly fulfilled the theme “No Limits to Learning”. Everyone left the conference with great information and ideas for making their schools more effective educationally.

Our concerns and agenda for the next legislative session were discussed. The Coalition will continue to work to remove the deductions of FLVS courses from the student’s scholarship. We are also working to develop a more effective Transition to Work component for our 18-22 year old students.

A special thanks to Jacky Egli for serving as the Conference Committee Chairperson. She did an outstanding job putting everything together and organizing the event.

If you missed this year’s event makes sure you put the conference on your calendar for next year. Renew your membership, if you have not done so, and lift your voice with ours to keep the McKay Scholarship strong.

Distinguished Service Award

President Steve Hicks and Senator Kelli Stargel

President Steve Hicks and Senator Kelli Stargel

Senator Kelli Stargel was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from The Coalition at the annual conference. Sen. Stargel has always been a champion for the McKay Scholarship in both the House and the Senate.

Last year, she helped to provide more services to students who have disabilities but are not eligible for the McKay Scholarship. She sponsored the Personal Learning Savings Account bill which will provide scholarships to students with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, intellectual disabilities, Prader-Willi syndrome, or Spina bifida. Over 1,000 children have already been accepted to receive this scholarship.

Great job, Senator Stargel!


Farewell Jacky

Jacky Egli

Jacky Egli

We bid a fond farewell to Jacky Egli.  Jacky has been on the board of The Coalition since 2008.  She has been an invaluable part of The Coalition bringing her experience and expertise working both in private schools and on state boards such as Florida IDA.  Jacky was the Chairman for the conference this year and has been the co-chairman for the past two years.  She has retired and has moved to North Carolina.  A recognition award was presented at the conference to Jacky.

The Coalition wants to thank and recognize our sponsors and exhibitors. Their help allowed us to have the great lunch and coffee breaks that all enjoyed. While The Coalition does not endorse any sponsor or product, we do feel these are groups that offer benficial services to our schools.

The Exhibition Hall was filled with excitement and learning. Exhibitors show the latest in curriculum, social skills training and professional and business development.