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The one-day event features ten workshop and panel sessions presented by foremost practitioners from the regional autism community. Nationally-known disability advocate Kerry Magro will deliver the keynote presentation. Dr. James Connell, PhD., renowned ASD researcher and clinician, will deliver opening remarks.

AM Workshops: 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Puzzles of the Heart: A Look into Autism and Romantic Relationships Sam Huber, Y.A.L.E. School; Public Speaker
SAP: Autism at Work Peg Monaghan, Autism at Work Fellow, SAP America
Understanding and Facilitating Learning from the Preschool Years and Beyond Giacomo Vivanti, PhD, Assistant Professor, A.J. Drexel Autism Institute
A Full Life: Supports to Promote Independence and Community Integration Sara Crimm, Director of Families CCAN Amy LaGrotte McCann, Program Director, Carousel Connections
Fun and Games for ASD: An Improv Workshop for All Carol Moog, PhD Don Montrey, Executive Director, CSz Philadelphia, ComedySportz
Transition to College for Students on the Autism Spectrum Mary R. Cohen, PhD, Director, Autism Spectrum Diagnostics & Consulting
Successful Transitions: Program Director and JCHAI Self-Advocates’ Stories and Tips Beth Rosenwasser, PhD, BCBA-D, Director of Community Engagement & Program Development, JCHAI Candy Wiater, MSW, LCSW, JCHAI at Home Program Director JCHAI’s Speakers Bureau
Summer Innovators: 21st Century Skills for High School Students Amy Gillespie, Director of Post-Secondary Transition, Hill Top Preparatory School Michelle Trusty, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist, Hill Top Preparatory School
ASD At Legal Risk: Arrests, Convictions, and Financial Considerations Carol Weinman, Esq., Founder, Autism Advisors & Advocates LLC George Riter, Esq., Partner, Timoney Knox, LLP Amanda Kita, Esq., Timoney Knox, LLP

LUNCH SYMPOSIUM: 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Autism: A Poster Session Dr. Carole Patrylo, Assistant Professor, Education Department; Associate Director Autism Program, La Salle University

PM Plenary & Panel Discussion: 1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m

Afternoon Plenary Ari Ne’eman
Afternoon Panel Discussion:Transitioning to Adulthood with Moderate-Severe ASD Needs Facilitator: Eric Mitchell, Ph.D. Panel Members: Sabra Townsend, Director of Adult Advocacy, The Arc of Philadelphia Titania Boddie, Project Manager, Academy for Adult Learning at Temple University Gregory Bonnell, self-advocate LaQuenta Montanez, Transition Coordinator, School District of Philadelphia Doreen Williams, MS, Autism Consultant and Teacher, Ruttenberg Autism Center Reggie Candio, NCSP, Autism Consultant and Certified School Psychologist, Ruttenberg Autism Center