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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. 


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 - 9:45 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
Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D., JPG Autism Consulting, LLC 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. 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

B5. Maximizing Educational Services and Supports
Ira Fingles, Esq., Hinkle, Fingles & Prior

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.