WEDNESDAY, July 10, 2013
Autism Society National Conference and Exposition Schedule:
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
*Schedule Subject to Change
Wednesday, July 10
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Applying ABA Through The Life Span [BCBA Session]
Nina Finkler, M.Ed., LDT/C, BCBA
Room Number: 303
Applied Behavior Analysis and the associated strategies have been researched and found to be effective with increasing skills in individuals with autism. While initially associated with young children, research continues to show these strategies to be effective with adults as well. This workshop will look at how to address the array of strategies associated with Applied Behavior Analysis and how to apply and impFlement through the lifespan, including Early Intervention, School Age, Adolescents and Adults.
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
First Responders Autism Training Session (Invitation Only)
Jimmy Donohoe; William Cannata
Room Number: 311
First responders touched by autism personally are the most ideally suited to provide information and professionally train colleagues how to interact with and assist individuals with autism in times of an emergency. Learn more about the autism spectrum disorder, its symptoms, and how stressful situations may bring about unique behaviors. Learn strategies to better respond to individuals on the spectrum in emergency situations.
Pennsylvania Autism Services: Leading The Nation In New Directions
Room Number: 301
Description: During this informative session, the Department of Public Welfare’s Bureau of Autism Services (BAS) will discuss Pennsylvania’s innovative approach to autism supports and services. Information about the Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) and Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) will be presented, highlighting the core design features that have gained national attention. Lessons learned from Pennsylvania’s experience with these innovative service delivery models will also be shared. Additionally, BAS will provide an introduction to the recently updated PA Autism Census Study and PA Autism Needs Assessment. Detailed findings from the census and needs assessment studies will be provided during the afternoon session.
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Triggers In Dysregulation: Self Advocates Share Their Experiences and Solutions
Dena Gassner, LMSW; Stephen M. Shore, Ed.D.; Gayle Fitzpatrick, M.Ed., BFA
Room Number: 302
Day will include convention site tour, networking and conversation on Dysregulation and the impact it has on those with ASD. Also an interactive session featuring Art therapy with Gayle Fitzpatrick.
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Society Assembly Meeting (Closed Meeting for Affiliates)
Room Number: 307
The Society Assembly creates a forum where Autism Society affiliates from across the nation bring local, state, and national perspective to our mission. Join other leaders for a meeting to discuss the needs of our constituents in towns and counties across the country.
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
A Faith-Based Family: From Challenging Behaviors To Values & Life Skills
Room Number: 305
This highly interactive workshop, filled with experiential learning activities will give participants tools, strategies, and faith-based resources to recognize gifts and strengths in each child. Understand how to transform challenging behaviors into successful opportunities to instill family values and impart important life skills for children through faith-based teachable moments.
Cracking The Business Code For Competitive Employment Outcomes
Andy Traub, SPHR; Deb Russell
Room Number: 304
Employment is one of the most important aspects of any American’s life; this is no different for people on the Autism Spectrum. This session will delve into effective techniques for reaching out to businesses and accessing employment opportunities for people with Autism. Andy Traub and Deb Russell both created and lead successful efforts to have their previous employers intentionally extend employment opportunities to people with Autism. Come hear their tips and advice on the do’s and don’ts of reaching out to business and facilitating a career opportunity for your loved ones and/ or clients.
Introduction To Special Needs Planning, Where Do We Start?
Brian Rubin, Esq.; James A. Caffry, Esq.
Room Number: 306
Planning for the long-term security of a loved one with autism is a complex and evolving responsibility. Attorney members of the Special Needs Alliance (SNA) will address the interdependence of government benefits and family financial planning, especially in light of budget cuts and the Affordable Care Act. Breakout sessions will cover guardianship and its alternatives, adult services and considerations when creating and administering a special needs trust.
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Autism Community Leaders: Extending The State’s Impact Through Collaboration
Room Number: 301
During this interactive session, participants will learn about collaborative efforts underway in Pennsylvania to help individuals with autism improve their quality of life, achieve independence, and become contributing members of their communities. Leadership from the Autism Services, Education, Resources & Training (ASERT) Collaborative will present in-depth findings from the PA Autism Census Study and the PA Autism Needs Assessment. These comprehensive studies are the first of their kind in the nation, and are driving ASERT’s mission to develop new models and bring together existing resources locally, regionally, and statewide.
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Rethinking High School: Gathering Your Voices To Create a National Vision For Adolescents With ASD (Open to All)
Sam Odom, Ph.D.
Room Number: 311
Join the Center on Secondary Education for Students with ASD (CSESA) for a FREE, interactive pre-conference session to explore high school successes for students on the autism spectrum and opportunities for change in the high school environment. We invite adults and teenagers on the autism spectrum, their families, school professionals, and others to share their perspectives and experiences as part of a national dialogue focused on improving the high school experiences and post-school outcomes for students on the autism spectrum.
Roadmaps For Leaders Of Advocacy Programs: Improving Access and Addressing Meaningful Outcomes (Closed Meeting for Affiliates)
Peter J. Doehring, Ph.D.
Room Number: 307
Leaders of agencies providing advocacy often struggle to help families to understand and access critical services and supports. This session will discuss two case studies to illustrate common barriers in a complex infrastructure of agencies responsible for health, education, and community support. Understanding these barriers can help advocates better support families on their journey, and suggest the best ways that advocates can partner with professionals and agencies to promote system change through training, research, and policy. The discussion includes panelists from agencies and advocacy groups that will offer insights from their own experiences in helping family’s access services and how we address meaningful outcomes for all.