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AANE 2019 Daniel W. Rosenn Connections Conference

November 16 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

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This conference for adults on the spectrum, parents, and professionals will include:

  • 14 breakout sessions / 2 workshops options
  • Continuing education credits for professionals
  • Information tables highlighting local community resources and programs
  • Opportunities to connect and network

Breakout Topics:

  • Autism & Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Raising a Teenager on the Autism Spectrum
  • Special Education and the Law
  • Executive Functioning
  • Employment
  • Medication
  • Criminal Law and Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Advocacy and Disclosure
  • Evolution of the Autistic Character in Film and Television
  • Parenting without Panic
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder and the Criminal Justice System
  • Technology Addiction
  • Communication and Collaboration with Special Education Teams

AANE is pleased to feature keynote speaker: Becca Lory Hector, CAS, BCCS

BECCA LORY HECTOR, CAS, BCCS was diagnosed on the autism spectrum as an adult and has since become an active autism advocate, consultant, speaker, and author. With a focus on living an active, positive life, her work includes autism consulting, public speaking engagements, writing a monthly blog, Live Positively Autistic, and the bi-weekly podcast that she co-hosts, Spectrumly Speaking. Becca has published multiple articles about life on the autism spectrum with the goal of spreading acceptance, understanding, and encouraging self-advocacy. She spent four years supporting the autism community in the non-profit sector in her work for grass-roots organizations that provide resources and services directly to individuals on the autism spectrum. Becca left non-profit to pursue dual certifications as a Certified Autism Specialist (CAS) and Cognitive Specialist (BCCS). Becca also sits on the Board of Directors of Different Brains and the Foundation for Life Guides for Autism, the Community Council of AASET (Autistic Adults and other Stakeholders Engaged Together), as well as, the Scientific and Community Advisory board of SPARK for Autism. Becca is a proud contributing author of Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism and serves as an Assistant Editor and Feature Writer at Spectrum Women Magazine.

DAY-AT-A-GLANCE

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM REGISTRATION

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM KEYNOTE ADDRESS: SELF-DEFINED LIVING, BECCA LORY HECTOR, CAS, BCCS

How do you define “success”? What does a “happy” life mean? Individuals on the autism spectrum often find that societal, family, cultural normals, or even a boss define what makes life successful, acceptable, and even happy. Becca will discuss what self-defined living means and why it is so essential in the evolution to adulthood. Becca will share some simple, effective techniques for redefining your world that individuals on the autism spectrum can use to create a quality of life that is, by their own definition, happy, successful, and acceptable.

10:45 AM -12:15 PM SESSION I

(attendees to elect one)

  • Q & A with Neurodiverse Couples Specialist for Partners in a Neurodiverse Relationship and for Professionals, Grace Myhill, MSW

If you or your partner has an Asperger or autism profile, or if you are a professional working with one or both partners in a neurodiverse relationship or with any couple that seems to be stuck and your usual approach does not seem to be working, this interactive workshop is for you. Come with your specific questions, or if you prefer, email them ahead of time to Grace.Myhill@aane.org and Grace will offer insight, tools, and strategies based on her extensive work with this unique and often misunderstood population.

  • Video Gaming – Addiction or Activity?, Dot Lucci, M.Ed, CAGS and Jeremy Cummings

Technology usage and gaming are here to stay and an integral part of our world. Gaming is a common activity for many people and even more so for individuals with ASD. Many of us spend a lot of time using technology (i.e. social media, gaming, etc) and it does not necessarily mean we are addicted. So, when is gaming an activity, a passion, an addiction, or an obsession? Research is mixed about ASD and gaming; some data suggests that ASD individuals are at a significantly greater risk of developing addiction than others; while other data suggests that they play at similar levels to their peers but with more intensity. Participants will be presented with questions, research and ideas to think about the place video gaming plays in their children’s lives and their own.

  • Evolution of the Autistic Character in Film and Television, Marguerite Elisofon, Samantha Elisofon and Talia Eapen

In this breakout section, panelists will explore how the representation of characters with autism in film and mainstream media have evolved. The group will then participate in interactive exercises illustrating the power of including neurodiverse communities in the performing arts process through techniques generated at The EPIC Players, a neurodiverse theater company in NYC. Later in the session, there will be a Q and A panel with Marguerite Elisofon (Autism Advocate, Mom and Writer), Samantha Elisofon, (EPIC Actress and Star of Keep the Change), and Talia Eapen (Director of Operation for The EPIC Players, ABA Therapist and Performer) regarding the next evolution of representation of the neuro-diverse community, person with autism participating in the arts themselves and job opportunities in the world of the arts.

  • Behavioral Medication Assessments in Autism Spectrum: Symptom Identification and Treatment, Todd Levine, MD

With greater numbers of adults and children being diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum, families and healthcare providers are faced with the increased challenge of treating behavioral health needs in this population. There are multiple communication problems in those on the Autism Spectrum that make diagnosing and treating these behavioral needs difficult. The goal of this presentation is to describe common behavior health needs seen in adults and children on the Spectrum and possible medication management options.

  • Effective Communication and Collaboration with Special Education Teams, Elise Wulff, M.Ed

Special Education is a team effort. Effective, proactive, and on-going communication between home and school can support your child’s unique strengths and challenges. Parents/caregivers should feel empowered to be confident and competent in the special education process, keeping the child’s success at the center. This workshop will use current special education legalities and processes to suggest tools and recommendations to build a collaborative and productive relationship with your child’s school team

  • Autism Spectrum and Criminal Law, Peter Hahn, Esq.

The prospect of dealing with law enforcement can be a daunting one for adults with autism spectrum disorder. Peter A. Hahn, Esq. will highlight aspects of the criminal justice system that are of particular note for those with ASD, address how to best interact with law enforcement, explain important legal rights in the criminal context, and summarize the types of cases that are of most interest to this population. Attorney Hahn represents children and families in a range of matters, including special education, student discipline, Juvenile Court, criminal, and DCF. He regularly speaks at seminars and conferences on various aspects of education law. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Boston University School of Law. His office is in Newton.

1:15 PM – 2:45 PM SESSION II

(attendees to elect one)

  • Special Education Law: Rights and Responsibilities, Peter Hahn, Esq.

Peter A. Hahn, Esq. reviews the essential elements of special education law with an emphasis for students on the autism spectrum. Topics include: guidelines for eligibility and how to deal with schools that resist finding students eligible; how to interpret school evaluations and securing useful independent evaluations; the meaning of each aspect of a student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) and how best to advocate for a substantial and comprehensive IEP; different types of placement, from inclusion to residential; and dispute resolution options, including mediation and filing a complaint at the Bureau of Special Education Appeals. Attorney Hahn represents children and families in a range of matters, including special education, student discipline, Juvenile Court, criminal, and DCF. He regularly speaks at seminars and conferences on various aspects of education law. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Boston University School of Law. His office is in Newton.

  • Meaningful Employment: The Power of a Supportive Environment, Karen Lean

A career path can be an unpredictable, meandering walk. Learn about one autistic woman’s varied employment experiences, from factory floor to healthcare IT, with academia, admin temping, and retail along the way. Karen will share insights regarding helpful and challenging aspects of these job environments, the ways a diagnosis and disability accommodations help with self-advocacy, and her current journey into leadership. She will also discuss attributes of a supportive environment, and how they can foster diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

  • Autism and Trauma, Nancy Roosa, Psy.D & Stephanie Monaghan-Blout, Psy.D

Due to their unique neurocognitive profile, people with autism are more likely to suffer traumatic events both large and small, but may have fewer skills to understand, process, and recover from these events. This situation is made worse because symptoms of trauma are often overlooked in individuals with autism, particularly those who are lower functioning. This workshop will feature an interactive discussion between Dr. Roosa, who specializes in the impact of autism, and Dr. Monaghan-Blout who specializes in the impact of trauma, using cases that feature either or both of these conditions and how their treatment is affected.

  • How an Aspie Teenager Made it Through These Years, Sam Farmer

What does it take to survive as a teenager with an Asperger’s profile? Sam Farmer can respond to that question with strategies that helped him survive these turbulent years and which he believes will resonate with the folks who attend this session. Sam’s perspective on his teenage years is unique in that he didn’t learn of his Aspie profile until he was 40 and is able to leverage decades of hindsight in explaining how he endured this period in his life. How his parents raised him and self-esteem building are directly relevant to this conversation.

  • Effective Advocacy and Disclosure: A Workshop for People on the Autism Spectrum, Stephen Shore, Ed.D (Part 1)

At some point in our lives everyone has to advocate for their own needs and disclose the reasons why. Focused primarily for participants on the autism spectrum, this workshop begins by defining self¬-advocacy and a process for considering disclosure. Participants will learn the importance of gaining self¬ awareness, communication skills, and procedures to effectively obtain accommodations and greater mutual understanding. Effective self-¬advocacy empowers autistic people to reach our potential for leading fulfilling and productive lives in employment, education, relationships, interdependent living, and in the community.

  • Transition Planning for Life After School, Kelley Challen, Ed.M., CAS (Part 1)

This is a two-part workshop designed to help parents and professionals understand the complex and nuanced process of transition planning for adulthood. Attendees will learn about the range of variables that impact and predict a successful transition from public education to postsecondary life and will leave the workshop armed with strategies for supporting youth with autism build skills necessary for adulthood at home, in the community, and through the special education process which necessarily includes assessment.

3:00 PM- 4:30 PM: SESSION III

(attendees to elect one)

  • Autism Spectrum and the Criminal Justice System: An Inside Out Approach, Nick Dubin, Psy.D

Nick Dubin will share his personal experience interacting with the legal system and the unique challenges individuals on the spectrum face navigating the legal system. Nick will share challenges and needs to be addressed within the legal system to ensure fair and appropriate treatment of individuals on the spectrum.

  • Executive Functioning, Brian Willoughby, Ph.D

This presentation examines the relationship between executive functioning and the Autism Spectrum, as well as the impact of executive dysfunction in adulthood. Brian Willoughby will review and define executive functioning, discuss common executive functioning challenges for individuals on the spectrum and review strategies to help individuals on the spectrum manage executive functioning needs.

  • Practical Strategies for Parenting without Panic: for Parents of Children and Teens on the Autism Spectrum, Brenda Dater, MSW, MPH

Brenda addresses parents’ frequently asked questions with warmth and humor. If you’ve ever wondered when to talk to your child or other family members about a diagnosis, how to foster resilience, or how to calm the worry you feel about your child’s future; this session will help you feel more confident and hopeful. You’ll walk away with practical strategies for parenting with less panic.

  • Looking at Trauma and Anxiety through the EMDR Framework, Tonya White, LMHC

During this workshop Tonya White will introduce the EMDR treatment method, highlight the treatment process and provide participants the opportunity to practice emotional regulational strategies utilized within the framework. She will discuss how EMDR is utilized to support individuals who struggle with anxiety and/or experiences of past trauma. She will also review the intersection between autism and trauma and the application of EMDR to support this population, highlighting potential adaptations that can support use with this population.

  • Effective Advocacy and Disclosure: A Workshop for People on the Autism Spectrum, Stephen Shore, Ed.D (Part 2)

At some point in our lives everyone has to advocate for their own needs and disclose the reasons why. Focused primarily for participants on the autism spectrum, this workshop begins by defining self¬-advocacy and a process for considering disclosure. Participants will learn the importance of gaining self¬ awareness, communication skills, and procedures to effectively obtain accommodations and greater mutual understanding. Effective self-¬advocacy empowers autistic people to reach our potential for leading fulfilling and productive lives in employment, education, relationships, interdependent living, and in the community.

  • Transition Planning for Life After School, Kelley Challen, Ed.M., CAS (Part 2)

This is a two-part workshop designed to help parents and professionals understand the complex and nuanced process of transition planning for adulthood. Attendees will learn about the range of variables that impact and predict a successful transition from public education to postsecondary life and will leave the workshop armed with strategies for supporting youth with autism build skills necessary for adulthood at home, in the community, and through the special education process which necessarily includes assessment.

REGISTRATION & ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

A continental breakfast and lunch will be served. Please be sure to indicate your lunch preferences on your registration.

A general AANE Certificate of Attendance is available to anyone who attends the full day’s program at no additional fee.

Standard Attendees $110 per person ($75 for each additional family member from the same household.)

Professional Attendees $150 per person (Please note that the professional attendee rate is for professionals seeking continuing education credits.)

This program has been approved for 6 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. NASW-MA Chapter CE Approving Program, Authorization Number D 81025.

Applications for continuing education credits for psychologists and mental health counselors are in process.

ASHA: The general AANE Certificate of Attendance can be used towards the ASHA certification process. Please note the AANE Certificate of Attendance is given to all ‘Standard Attendees’, it is not a certificate specifically for ASHA, but the AANE Certificate of Attendance can be used towards the ASHA certification process. If you plan to use the AANE certificate towards your ASHA certification process you would register as a ‘Standard Attendee’ on the registration page. You will not be charged the higher professional rate.

ASL or CART Accommodations: Please specify on your registration if you will need an ASL interpreter, CART, or additional accommodations. ASL or CART accommodations must be requested by October 16, 2019.

Directions/Parking: The Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel is located at 181 Boston Post Road E W, Marlborough, MA. Please note that the Trade Center is a separate building near the hotel. The Conference is taking place in the Hotel building. Parking available on site free of charge.

The exhibitor area will be open throughout the day. Stop by and visit our exhibitors during morning registration, lunch, and break times!

To support individual sensory needs, please refrain from wearing perfume/scented products at the conference.

A designated area will be available for those seeking a quiet space during the conference.

Dogs: Only leashed service dogs permitted.

Weather or Public Emergency: Call (617) 393-3824 x25 for a recorded message regarding the conference status.

Financial Assistance: Financial Assistance is available. To request financial assistance to attend the conference please contact the organizer at events@aane.org.

Refund Policy: Refunds, minus a $10 processing fee per registration, are available until the end of our business day on November 1, 2019. No refunds/credits after November 1, 2019 including no-shows.

For all inquires and requests, please reach out to events@aane.org

 

Details

Date:
November 16
Time:
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Organizer

Stephanie Birkdale, AANE
Phone:
617-393-3824 x32
Email:
events@aane.org

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Region
MetroWest

Venue

Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center
181 Boston Post Road W
Marlborough, MA 01752 United States
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