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April 20, 2015
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel    Woodbridge, NJ

To learn more about the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel, click here.

Join us for our conference focused exclusively on the transition to adulthood. This critical time in the life of a person with autism requires careful planning on the parts of both caregivers and professionals. Navigating the changes from school to the adult service system is incredibly challenging. Our esteemed speakers will present on a variety of legal, educational, and service topics specifically addressing adolescence and the changes that come with the end of the high school years. 

We are pleased to announce Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno will deliver the opening remarks at our 2nd Annual Transition Conference.

Lt. Governor Guadagno has been a steadfast leader and supporter of the autism community as well as Autism New Jersey and the work we do on behalf of families and individuals across the state. Lt. Governor Guadagno recognizes the broad scope of services needed in the autism community and emphasizes safety as a paramount concern. To address this critical concern, the Lt. Governor has increased implementation of Project Lifesaver and training for first responders. We are honored she will join our signature event for adolescents and adults with autism.


If you are registering using a PO, please download a registration form. 
*Please note:  Online registration is not available for staff/professionals employed by our agency members. To take advantage of agency member rate, you must register off-line via check, credit card or purchase order

Please make checks and purchase orders out to Autism New Jersey and mail to:

Autism New Jersey
Attn: Anjel Kinney
500 Horizon Drive
Suite 530
Robbinsville, NJ 08691 

Transition Conference Schedule

8:00 am - 9:00 am • Registration/Exhibits

9:00 am - 9:15 am • Welcome Remarks from Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno

9:15 am - 9:45 am • Keynote

The Challenge of Transition to Adult Health Care for Emerging Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Deborah Spitalnik, Ph.D., The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Rutgers RWJ Medical School

Workshops run concurrently (select one during each session--seating may be limited) 

10:00 am - 11:30 am • Session A

A1. Accessing Adult Services
Maria Fischer, Esq., & S. Paul Prior, Esq.; Hinkle, Fingles & Prior

A2. Transition Assessments
Mary Haspel, M.A., BCBA & Bill FreemanNJ Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs

A3. Sexuality and Sex Education
Bobby Newman, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Room to Grow and Amy Gravino, M.A.
ASCOT Coaching

11:30 am - 12:30 pm • Lunch/Exhibits (Lunch provided with registration)

12:45 pm - 2:15 pm • Session B

B4. Maximizing Educational Services and Supports
Ira Fingles, Esq., Hinkle, Fingles & Prior

B5. An Overview of DDD's New Model of Support Coordination
Jennifer Joyce, DDD, Director of Employment, Transition and Day Services and Christine James, DDD, Director of Quality Improvement & System Reform

B6. Navigating the Social and Emotional Transition to Adulthood
Shiri Sella, Psy.D.

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm • Session C

C7. Guardianship and Estate Planning
Herbert Hinkle, Esq., Hinkle, Fingles & Prior and Donald Brown, CHFC, CASL, LUTCF, Metlife Center for Special Needs Planning

C8. Selecting and Teaching Functional Skills
Julie Wolff, M.Ed., BCBA, Freehold Regional High School District, Howell High School and Erin White, M.A., BCBA, Alpine Learning Group

C9. Overview of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Paulette Knarr, MS, DVRS

For a full list of the 2015 Transition Conference Speaker Bios, click here.

For a full list of the 2015 Transition Conference workshop descriptions, click here.

To read the recap on last year's Transition Conference, please click here.



Free Parent Workshops

Autism New Jersey is pleased to offer the following free sessions on several frequently requested topics. Come to one or all to learn about strategies you can try at home, best practices for instruction and addressing unsafe behavior, advocating for your child, and taking care of yourself. Learn more and register today>>

Beyond the ABCs and 123s:
Effective Early Education for Young Children with Autism

11am to 1pm 
East Orange, NJ