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AANE’s Jody Acford Winter Conference

January 11 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, $100

 

 

 

 

 

A Roadmap Through Adulthood: Making Sense of Public and Private Support Systems for Adults on the Spectrum

Saturday, January 11, 2020: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Bentley University
175 Forest Street, Waltham, MA

Information + Registration

This conference is for teens, young adults and adults with Asperger’s or similar autism profiles, their parents/guardians and professionals. Experts will present and explain the many public and private supports that may be appropriate for adults who live in Massachusetts.

*Space is limited and this annual conference sells out every year. We recommend registering early to ensure you’ll have a seat.

DAY-AT-A-GLANCE

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM REGISTRATION

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM OPENING ADDRESS

  • A Roadmap of Federal, Massachusetts, and Private Services for Adults on the Autism Spectrum, Michele Cantara, Co-Director of Adult Services, AANE

Adults on the spectrum can take advantage of many public federal and state benefit programs, and they can tap into a number of private services as well. This session gives adults and their families an overview of what’s available, the high-priority services for common scenarios, and a roadmap for learning more from this conference about the benefits program most critical to them.

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM BREAK

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM BREAKOUT SESSION I

(attendees to select one, descriptions below)

  • Thinking about Housing with Catherine Boyle, Autism Housing Pathways
  • Department of Developmental Services (DDS) with Lea Hill, Autism Program Coordinator, DDS – Northeast Region & Maria Stefano, Autism Program Coordinator, DDS – Metro Region
  • LifeNET with Jay O’Brien, Director LifeNET, AANE
  • Private Vocational Supports with Barbara Bissonnette, Forward Motion Coaching, Leslie O’Brien, MGH Aspire Works, Mica Fleisig, Transitions to Work Program, Jewish Vocational Service, & Nataliya Poto, WorkMAP, a LifeMAP program, AANE
  • Post-Secondary Educational Supports with Dr. Streit, Lesley University Threshold Program, Sangeeta Verma, CollegeMAP, a LifeMAP program, AANE & Dr. Sokolowski, College Internship Program (CIP)

11:15 AM – 11:30 AM BREAK

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM BREAKOUT SESSION II

(attendees to select one, descriptions below)

  • Thinking about Housing with Catherine Boyle, Autism Housing Pathways
  • Department of Developmental Services (DDS) with Lea Hill, Autism Program Coordinator, DDS – Northeast Region & Maria Stefano, Autism Program Coordinator, DDS – Metro Region
  • LifeNET with Jay O’Brien, Director, LifeNET, AANE
  • Private Vocational Supports with Barbara Bissonnette, Forward Motion Coaching, Leslie O’Brien, MGH Aspire Works, Mica Fleisig, Transitions to Work Program, Jewish Vocational Service, Nataliya Poto, WorkMAP, a program of LifeMAP, AANE
  • Post-Secondary Educational Supports with Dr. Streit, Lesley University Threshold Program, Sangeeta Verma, CollegeMAP, a LifeMAP program, AANE & Dr. Sokolowski, College Internship Program (CIP)

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM LUNCH

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM BREAKOUT SESSION III

(attendees to select one, descriptions below)

  • Healthcare Coverage for Adults with Autism with Amy Weinstock, Director, Autism Insurance Resource Center
  • Legal Planning and Alternatives to Guardianship with Glynis Ritchie, Senior Associate, Day Pitney, & Barbara Jackins, Attorney, Legal Planning for Special Needs
  • Employment and Social Security Benefits with Kathryn Collins-Wooley, Ph.D.
  • Private Housing Supports with Alan White, Director of Individual Supports, TILL
  • Public Vocational Supports with Yvonne Tylinski, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM BREAK

3:15 PM – 4:15 PM BREAKOUT SESSION IV

(attendees to select one, descriptions below)

  • Healthcare Coverage for Adults with Autism with Amy Weinstock, Director, Autism Insurance Resource Center
  • Employment and Social Security Benefits with Kathryn Collins-Wooley, Ph.D.
  • Legal Planning and Alternatives to Guardianship with Glynis Ritchie, Senior Associate, Day Pitney & Barbara Jackins, Attorney, Legal Planning for Special Needs
  • Private Housing Supports with Alan White, Director of Individual Supports, TILL
  • Public Vocational Supports with Yvonne Tylinski, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission

*The program schedule is subject to change.

BREAKOUT SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

Thinking about Housing

This presentation is “Housing 101.” Thinking about Housing introduces families and individuals to the range of state and federal funds available to pay for housing and supportive services. Some examples are given of how these can be combined with private funding to create housing opportunities.

Department of Developmental Services (DDS)

This workshop will discuss Department of Developmental Services eligibility criteria and services available for adults with autism spectrum profiles.Private Vocational Supports

LifeNET

This workshop is a presentation on AANE’s case management program called LifeNet. It is a private pay, independent living support program for adults with Asperger’s or similar autism spectrum profiles. LifeNet is designed to offer peace of mind that an adult on the spectrum will be supported as they navigate adulthood by a devoted team from the trusted AANE non-profit organization.

Private Vocational Supports

These experts will review their innovative and successful programs for helping adults with autism profiles obtain and sustain employment.

Post-Secondary Educational Supports

Panelists will discuss available college-based support programs as well as community-based support services available for individuals interested in pursuing post-secondary education.

Healthcare Coverage for Adults with Autism

Focusing on health care coverage for adults on the spectrum, this workshop will include information about Private Insurance, MassHealth, keeping a Dependent on a parent’s Policy, Medicare, and how Social Security affects coverage.

Legal Planning and Alternatives to Guardianship

This workshop will focus on estate planning, which is important to ensure an adult child of long-term financial security and to make sure that financial systems are in place to protect both assets and any benefits an adult may be receiving. The workshop will also discuss alternatives to guardianship that are appropriate for adults with Asperger profiles.

Employment and Social Security Benefits

When competitive employment is not an option, most people will turn to Social Security for disability benefits , either Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). This session will summarize these benefits and cover the adult Social Security application process.

Private Housing Supports

Presenters have developed interesting and creative housing models for adults with Asperger profiles, and will discuss these models, as well as answer your questions.

Public Vocational Supports

This workshop will focus on the variety of services and supports that the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) can provide adults with an autism profile, including vocational assessment, career counseling, interviewing skills, and more. The workshop will also include a discussion of balancing work with benefits.

REGISTRATION & ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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

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

Standard Attendees $100 per person ($75 for each additional family member from the same household.)

Conference Venue: The conference will be taking place at Bentley University at 175 Forest Street in Waltham, MA. Our program will be located within the Adamian Academic Center on Bentley’s Campus. At the bottom of this page is a map of where the Adamian Building is located, it is designated as building “B56”.

Parking: Free parking will be available on Bentley’s Campus. Registered attendees will receive a parking pass via email the week of the conference that they must print and display on the dashboard of their vehicle if they choose to park on Bentley’s Campus for the event. Attendees driving to the conference should park in Parking Lots 7,8 & 9. As you come in through Forest Street, please follow the stake signs posted along the road. The map at the bottom of this page also shows the parking lots where attendees should park.

Directions/Transportation Options: For more information about directions, public transportation options and parking please navigate to the following site:

https://www.bentley.edu/offices/campus-map

Directions form the Parking Lots to the Adamian Building: Walk to the entrance of General Parking Lot 8/9. Take the diagonal cross walk to the opposite side of College Drive. Proceed up the walkway, past the traffic gate, to the top of the incline. Bear left and continue straight up the paved pathway to the main entrance on the left. Enter the double doors.

Wheelchair Access: For anyone needing wheelchair access, there is handicap parking at the entrance to General Parking Lot 8/9 and also in General Parking Lot. There is a small, level path leading to an accessible entrance at the north end of the Adamian Academic Center (the end closest to the parking lots). Enter the building through the double set of doors (there are handicap buttons to the left of each door.). Take the small elevator on your right, immediately after the second door, to Floor 1. Turn right out of the elevator and proceed down the main corridor to the opposite end of the building.

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

Presentation and handouts will be made available online at AANE’s website.

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 January 3, 2019. No refunds/credits after January 3, 2019 including no-shows.

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

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Details

Date:
January 11
Time:
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Cost:
$100
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Organizer

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

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Region
MetroWest

Venue

Bentley University
175 Forest St.
Waltham, MA 02452 United States
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