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September 2018

Is AAC the Right Choice? Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) for Adults with Disabilities

September 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

New technology has led to advancements in high-tech speech generating devices. This progress offers many benefits but also necessitates increased knowledge, collaboration, and support by all stakeholders. Many young adults may not have had access to communication technologies that have emerged since their exit from school. Furthermore, transition from school to adult setting can be challenging given the need for coordination across many entities and changes in the levels of available support. For older adults these devices were not an…

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Aging with Autism: Learning from the Life of Donald Triplett

September 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This webinar will discuss issues related to aging with autism by considering the life of Donald G. Triplett, a man with autism who turns 85 this year. We will look at his life course and quality of life as he ages, as described by journalists John Donvan and Caren Zucker. We will consider how lessons from his life can help us envision aging well in community with and for other autistic adults. Beth Zwick is Program Officer and Director of…

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October 2018

Raising the Bar: Seeing Employment as Part of Our Children’s Future

October 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Employment is an important milestone for youth transitioning into adult life. This is equally true for youth with significant disabilities. This session is designed to help parents see that with high expectations, the right supports, and thoughtful preparation, employment is possible. Success stories will be shared and strategies offered to help youth prepare for employment through chores at home and work experience in the community. Families play a vital role in the transition success of youth with disabilities and this…

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Partnering with Families: Working Towards Employment Success

October 11 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Families want what is best for their youth or young adult with a disability. This includes the opportunity to be a part of the community and earn income through employment. Some families may be apprehensive to explore competitive employment, especially if their son or daughter has high support needs. Others may see a future that includes employment, but don’t know how to support their son or daughter in preparing for it. This session will highlight the importance of family involvement…

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