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Autism Services Inc.

ASI/ASWNY Spring Workshop

Autism Services, Inc. and the Autism Society Western New York Chapter are pleased to present….

Transition – Life After School for Individuals with ASD
Amanda Cleesattel, M.S., OTR/L

Rising Like the Phoenix
Laura Nadine, Autism Advocate

Saturday, April 14, 2018 – 8:45 am – 12:45 pm
Classics V Conference and Banquet Center

Thank you to everyone who attend our Spring workshop! Save the date for our fall workshop – Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 8:45-12:45 p.m. at Classics V Conference and Banquet Center. The topic is to be determined.

Ms. Cleesattel is a licensed occupational therapist with over eleven years of experience in the field. She has worked with children and adults with a variety of disabilities, and currently supervises clinical services at The Arc Erie County New York that provides supports & services for people with developmental delays.

Ms. Nadine is an autism advocate, musician, author, and filmmaker, and individual with Asperger’s.

This first presentation in this workshop by Ms. Cleesattel will examine the transition from school settings to career/vocational settings, including changes in expectations and routines which can cause disruption for both the adolescent and family. She will discuss supports that assist with the transition process, including ACESS-VR, clinical supports, related services, person-centered planning, and the degree of parent/caregiver support necessary for a successful transition. It will provide a better understanding of person-centered supports and what clinicians, teachers, and families can do to not only provide support during this pivotal time, but to make the transition to adult life as smooth as possible.

During the second presentation, Ms. Nadine will share her life experiences, both failures and achievements, as she struggled to find answers and strategies to adapt to a world that wasn’t always inclusive. She will share “10 Points to Consider” based on her own experiences through trial and error as a music teacher of students with ASD, a parent of a child with Asperger’s, and as a person with Autism. Her triumphs are inspirational, as is her message of empowering people with ASD to self-advocate and make informed choices about their future. This workshop is geared for individuals with ASD, parents, and professionals.

Disclosure: Financial – Amanda Cleesattel does have a financial relationship as she is employed by the ARC of Western New York. The speaker has no non-financial relationships to disclose.
Laura Nadine does have a financial relationship as she is the Founder and CEO of Enlightened Audio, and has authored two books, I Am Snamuh and Puzzles for Angie.

In addition, we are pleased to announce that we will be offering ASHA CEU credit through the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Western New York (SHAWNY), and New York State Education Department Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy State Board Approved Continuing Competency Units for OTs/COTAs/PTs/PTAs through Associated Physical and Occupational Therapy, PLLC (APOT)! Both SHAWNY and APOT are co-sponsors of this workshop. The cost and CEU credit information are listed below:

Registration Category Price Continuing Education Credits Available
Parent/Individual with ASD $12.00 per person n/a
Speech-Language Pathologists
& Audiologists
$38.00 per person .35 ASHA CEUs
OTs and COTAs $38.00 per person 3.0 NYS Continuing Competency Units for OTs/OTAs
PTs and PTAs $38.00 per person .3 NYS Approved PT Board CEUs
Other Professionals/ Paraprofessionals/Students $28.00 per person No CEUs awarded

*Please note that online registration has closed.  We will accept walk-in registrations the day of the event; however, walk-in registrations will be charged the $10.00 late registration fee in addition to the prices listed above.  Anyone planning on walk-in registration should contact the Autism Society at (716) 633-2275.  Mail-in registrations must be received by the Autism Society no later than Friday, April 13th at 4:00 p.m.

All attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance. You MUST be pre-registered to be guaranteed handouts/packets.  Handouts/packets are not guaranteed for walk-in registrations.

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