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Webinar: Building Independence

January 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm, $25.00

Not available on Wednesday, January 10, 2018?
This webinar will be recorded. Registrants will receive the video link and a copy of the presentation two business days after the session ends.

Webinar Description
Individuals on the autism spectrum have many strengths but frequently struggle to reach independence in some aspects of their lives. This webinar will offer two perspectives on this struggle. Jason Mitchell will describe his journey to independence (at school, at home and in the community) and Lynne Mitchell (his mother) will describe Jason’s journey from her perspective. What types of support were useful? What types of support were unhelpful or made Jason feel “less than”? How does Jason, as an adult, negotiate requesting and receiving support when he does not feel able to be as independent as he would like to be? How does Lynne continue to offer support and guidance to enhance Jason’s independence skills now that he is an adult? This webinar will offer practical tips on how individuals can gain independence and how their natural supports can assist in this journey.

About Lynne & Jason Mitchell
Lynne Mitchell, LICSW, Clinical Director of Granite Academy. Lynne is a clinical social worker with more than 25 years of experience working with children, teens, families and schools as a school consultant throughout Eastern Massachusetts. She is a frequent speaker at numerous schools, social agencies and conferences. She has been designing and presenting workshops for AANE for more than 15 years. Lynne is the parent of 4 children including a young adult on the spectrum.

Jason Mitchell was officially diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome at the end of first grade (7 years old). He is now 25 years old. Over the last 18 years Jason has learned who he is, his strengths, his weaknesses, and his differences from the majority of the population. Jason attended his local high school, earning his diploma in 2010. He then went on to earn an Associates degree as well as a Certificate in Child Care Education from Massasoit Community College in 2013. In 2015 Jason earned a Bachelor’s of Arts from Bridgewater University. Although Jason has had academic success he is struggling to find and maintain employment. Jason also continues to work hard to develop a meaningful social life. Throughout the many ups and downs that brought Jason to his current life, he has always focused on building the independence skills he need to lead a satisfying, adult life. Jason is also a frequent speaker for AANE presenting on topics including Building Independence, Disclosure and Anxiety.

Financial assistance is available. Please contact Joanne.Jensen@aane.org to discuss financial aid options.

Webinar Registration
– Upon registration, a confirmation email will be sent with instructions on how to access the online event
– Registration closes 24 hours before the webinar start time

To cancel your registration prior to the start of the webinar, please contact Joanne.Jensen@aane.org



January 10
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Stephanie Birkdale, AANE
617-393-3824 x32


Boston / Greater Boston, MetroWest