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AANE Webinar: It’s Back-to-School Time, Are You and Your Autistic Child Ready?, 8/17/22, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

August 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm, $25

Register now and watch this webinar live or later on-demand.  See below for details.

DESCRIPTION: It’s already “Back-to-School” time.  In June, you and your child managed to transition from the structured routine of school to the jumble of childcare arrangements, and educational and recreational programs that can make summer so challenging.  Now, it’s August and you have to transition back, but back to what?  A new school perhaps? New teachers? New classmates? New friends? New bus routes?

Transitions can be scary.  This 90-minute webinar is intended to reduce the anxiety parents and their children feel about returning to school in the fall.  Parents will learn:

  • How to plan for and preview changes in your child’s school routine.
  • How to involve your child in the process of getting ready for the new school year.
  • How to set up a meeting with your child’s IEP/504 team to review accommodations and the plan for communication with your special education liaison.
  • Tips for setting up a meeting with your child’s new classroom teacher(s) to discuss accommodations and touring the school.

Teens and young adults who are attending school can use these insights to self-advocate.

During the last 15 minutes of this webinar, attendees will be able to pose questions to the speaker, via the Zoom chat feature.

SPEAKER: Jenna O’Donnell, B.S., is an autistic adult, parent of an autistic son, and a special education advocate.  Her lived personal experiences led her to find success and meaningful work in educating staff and administrators about autism and its educational impact. Jenna is a graduate of the Mass Families Leadership Series and completed advocacy training with both Wrightslaw and Parent Consultant Training Institute of the FCSN. Jenna did not receive her autism diagnosis until much later in life and in turn, facilitates groups for women who are new to their diagnosis.

AUDIENCE: This webinar is intended for parents of children, teens, and young adults who are attending K-12 schools. Teens 14 years and older who are interested in participating in the IEP/504 transition process may also attend.  Other adult family members, educators, and professionals who work with autistic individuals may also benefit from this webinar.

WHEN: Wednesday, August 17, 2022

TIME: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET – This webinar will be recorded. If you are not available during the live presentation, registrants will receive the video link to access the recording of the presentation two business days after the session ends. Registrants can access the recorded presentation for 30 days.

WHERE: Online via Zoom

HOST: Michele Cantara, Neurodiversity Training Specialist, AANE

COST: $25 (AANE offers discounted admissions using the buttons below)

REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required.  After you have registered you will receive a confirmation email. Registrants who do not receive the confirmation email should check their email spam folder. Registration closes 24 hours prior to the event. Early registration is highly recommended as many programs fill quickly.

Registration for this event has ended.

EVENT & GROUP INFORMATION: All AANE programming is currently online. The following terms are used for different audience specifications:

  • “Open” events/groups may have different participants joining from session to session and “Closed” events/groups have the same participants for a set number of sessions.

CODES OF CONDUCT: Participants at AANE events are expected to act respectfully toward other participants and group facilitators. AANE reserves the right to deny admission to and/or ask individual participants to leave an event. For more information see FAQS.

TECHNICAL SUPPORT: The online platform for the event/program will be listed in the confirmation email from AANE. For assistance with Zoom, please visit the Zoom Help Center prior to the event to become familiar with the platform.

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August 17
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Michele Cantara, AANE