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Transition Workshop

November 2, 2005

From School Supports to Self Supports in the Community for Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder

The Clinton/Jackson Transition Advisory Board (TAB) is sponsoring a workshop addressing the unique needs that persons with autism spectrum disorder have when transitioning from high school to adult life. This workshop is intended for everyone who supports young persons with autism spectrum disorder including family members, educators, support staff, and community agencies.

The workshop will take place on Tuesday, November 22, 2005 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. It will be held at the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency Learning Center, 729 21st St., Bettendorf, Iowa. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Certificates of attendance will be provided for the 5 hours of instruction.

The day will include the following five sessions:

  1. Planning for Success on the Job: Employment Variables to Consider, Sue Baker, Autism Services Consultant, Center for Disabilities & Development,
  2. Challenges, Strategies & Supports in Post-Secondary Education, Terry Schlabach, MA, OTR/L Board Certified in Pediatrics and Assistant Professor St. Ambrose University,
  3. Community Supports and Funding – Options, Choices, Consequences, A panel of community representatives will discuss the current realities of funding and employment supports available,
  4. Self Determination: From parent advocacy to self-advocacy, Linda Matkovich, Parent of a young adult with autism and CEO/Co-founder H.O.P.E., Honoring Opportunities for Personal Empowerment,
  5. Person-Centered Futures Planning – An Overview, Jane Rock, Transition Specialist at the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency, Parent Cherie Morrow and Teacher Jennifer Wilson, from Bettendorf High School.

To register for the Transition Workshop online, visit the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency website at www.aea9.k12.ia.us. Look under Programs and Services and click Staff Development on-line registration. Or you may call Kathy Anson to register, (563) 242-6454 or 1-800-947-2329.

The Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency is one of 15 AEAs across the state of Iowa created by the 1974 Iowa Legislature. It provides educational services, media services and special education services to approximately 55,000 students in twenty-two public school districts and twenty-two approved non-public schools in Cedar, Clinton, Jackson, Louisa, Muscatine and Scott Counties.

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