Sold Out 2nd Annual Transition Conference Offered Essential Information
More than 300 attendees participated in Autism New Jersey's conference focused exclusively on the transition to adulthood.
April 21, 2015
Autism New Jersey’s 2nd Annual Transition Conference held on April 20, 2015 in Woodbridge was a resounding success. More than 300 attendees had specialized workshops to choose from as well as time with expert exhibitors, all focused exclusively on the transition to adulthood.
Transition is a critical time in the life of a person with autism, requiring careful planning on the parts of both caregivers and professionals. Navigating the changes from school to the adult service system is incredibly challenging. We thank our esteemed speakers for their presentations on a variety of legal, educational, vocational, social, and financial topics specifically addressing adolescence and the changes that come with the end of the high school years.
The Conference began with opening remarks from Acting Governor Kim Guadagno who stated, "We’ve taken huge strides to support our residents with autism, but we couldn’t have made this progress without the work of all our fine partners throughout New Jersey. We must do more, especially for those individuals who are transitioning to adult life," Guadagno continued. "We will continue to work tirelessly to do our part, to listen and to build upon our considerable record of progress.”
Autism New Jersey Executive Director Dr. Suzanne Buchanan emphasized the importance of the agency's commitment to adult services. "There are tens of thousands of young adults and teens with autism in New Jersey who have difficulty navigating and accessing appropriate services. Autism New Jersey is hard at work on a range of initiatives to increase access to services, build capacity, and shape public policies to meet the growing needs."
A well-received keynote address presented by Deborah Spitalnik, Ph.D., of the Boggs Center, examined the challenges of transition to adult health care for emerging adults with autism. We thank the our Presenting Sponsor, Hinkle, Fingles & Prior Attorneys at Law, our presenters, and special guests who made this year's Transition Conference a success. We are looking continue the growth of our Transition Conference next year to allow for more participants, speakers, and exhibitors. In the meantime, we will have transition-specific sessions at our 33rd Annual Autism Conference.
Missed the conference and want to learn more? Our Information Specialists are available by calling our toll free information Helpline, 800.4.AUTISM to assist with any transition-related questions.
See more pictures from this event>>
Here is what attendees had to say about this year's Transition Conference
"Very practical and helpful information for parents and professionals--the best conference I've attended in a long time! Well-rounded and action-oriented!"
"Excellent choices in sessions with extremely knowledgeable speakers…it was difficult to choose which to attend!"
"I’m so glad this has become an annual conference. It’s a great learning experience, and there’s such a great need for families and professionals to understand options and next steps."
"I have often felt overwhelmed, but this gave me a clear understanding of what we need to do with a lot of real facts and resources."