Free Webinar Series on Transition Issues Starting Tomorrow
Beginning on February 15th, Autism NOW: The National Autism Resource and Information Center will be hosting a webinar series on transition issues.
On February 15th, from 2:00 – 3:00 pm (EST), Scott Michael Robertson from the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) will be presenting a webinar entitled, “Transition from Childhood to Adulthood: Perspectives from an Autistic Self-Advocate Researcher”. This webinar will provide an overview of various issues, challenges, and barriers that people on the autism spectrum often encounter when transitioning from post-secondary education. The session will also share practical recommendations and solutions for managing this adversity. Please register for this webinar here.
On February 17th, from 5:00 – 6:00 pm (EST), a panel of families will be discussing and presenting their concerns and stories regarding the transition of their children with ASDs from support services into the community. Please register for this webinar discussion here.
On February 22nd, from 2:00 – 3:00 pm (EST), Mr. Alan Kurtz and Ms. Janine Collins from The Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies at the University of Maine will be presenting a webinar entitled, “Family-Centered Transition Planning for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders”. In this webinar, the presenters will discuss transition planning models as well as addressing some of the major issues and concerns of the family panel from February 17th. Please register for this webinar here.
On February 24th, from 2:00 – 3:00 pm (EST), Dr. John Butterworth and Dr. Alberto Migliore from the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston will be presenting a webinar entitled, “Supporting a Seamless Transition to Adulthood”. The presenters will discuss the elements of an effective transition model, will provide information on supports and post-school outcomes for people with ASDs based on data from the National Longitudinal Transition Study 2, and will address concerns of the family panel on February 17th. Please register for this webinar here.
This webinar series is part of a free, regular weekly series designed for self-advocates, families, professionals, and the general public, in which each webinar constitutes an opportunity for information sharing and dialogue on a wide variety of topics. Held every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:00 to 3:00 pm (EST), these webinars include introductory information as well as new and innovative practices in the area of autism and developmental disabilities.
The Autism NOW Center is a project funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities and a national initiative of The Arc. The Center gathers, organizes, and disseminates readily accessible, high-quality resources and information related to community-based services that support independent living and self-determination, treatment protocols that promoted community-based experiences, and evidence-based interventions. We provide resources and information in core areas across the lifespan. Focus areas include early diagnosis, early intervention, and early education; transition from high school into early adulthood; community-based employment; advocacy for families and self-advocates; community inclusion; aging issues; policy; implementation of health care reform, including long term care services and supports; family and sibling support; and networking in local, state, and national arenas.
For any further questions regarding these webinars, for more information on The Autism NOW Center, or for technical assistance, please contact Tonia Ferguson at [email protected] or Jennifer Sladen at [email protected].