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AHA’s 15th Annual Spring Conference
Issues in Independent Living for Adolescents & Adults on the Autism Spectrum

This annual conference increases understanding and acceptance of individuals on the autism spectrum. Our keynotes, workshops and panels offer insights and strategies for awareness, self-advocacy, transition planning, employment and independence.
The Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association (AHA) is a not-for-profit organization serving individuals on the autism spectrum, their families, and the professionals who work with them, providing crucial resources and support as they face challenges, build on their strengths and fulfill their potential. Founded in 1988, with offices in Long Island and NYC, AHA is directed by a dedicated and experienced volunteer executive board and expert professional advisory board. AHA’s services reach nearly ten thousand people annually through one-to-one phone and e-support; more than a dozen monthly support meetings, an informative weekly AHA eNewsletter and bi-annual On The Spectrum print publication; family recreation events; bi-annual education conferences; and signature fundraisers, such as its annual ROCK ‘N’ BOWL for Autism. Since we maintain efficient administrative practices, 90% of every dollar donated to AHA goes directly to providing and expanding its services to our members and community.

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015

Registration, bookstore, resource, continental breakfast8:30 am – 9:15 am
Greetings from Adelphi and AHA9:15 am – 9:30 am
9:30 am – 10:30 am
John Elder Robison   
Resource Walkway and Book Signing10:30 am – 11:00 am
Workshop Period A11:00 am – 12:15 pm
A1. Getting Past the Guesswork:
What Men and Women Want to Know
About Dating and Relationships
Peter F. Gerhardt, Ed.D., Moderator,
Presenters: Shana Nichols, Ph.D.,
John Elder Robison, Matthew E. Roth, M.A., Leslie Sickels, LCSW
A2. Voices From the Spectrum: Learning From Memoirs
Moderator and Presenter: Susan Longtin, Ph.d., CCC-SLP
Presenters: Amy Gravino, M.A., Becca Lory,
& Stephen Shore, Ed.D.
A3. Legal Forms: Common Mistakes and Misconceptions
     Sharon Gruer, Esq.
A4. An Innovative Treatment for Voice and Prosody Deficits in Adolescents with ASD
     Michelle Dunn, Ph.D. and Larry Harris
A5. Getting and Keeping a Job: Employment Management
     Kate Palmer, MA, CCP, CAS
Lunch, Resource Walkway and Book Signing12:15pm – 1:15 pm

Quality of Life for Adults with ASD:
Turning theory into practice and long—term benefit
Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D.

1:15pm – 2:15pm
Workshop Period B2:45pm – 4:00pm
B6.  Family Matters: Enhancing Parent & Sibling
Relationships from Adolescence through Adulthood
Moderators: John Robison and Alyson Sheehan, Ph.D.
Presenters: Cynthia Drew, Stacey Roth, M.S. CCC–SLP, Allyson Schwartzman, Stephen Shore, Ed.D.
B7.  How to Select the Best NT (Neurotypical)
for Your ASD World
Moderator: Dr. Valerie Gaus, Ph.D.
Panelists: Rachael Israel, MFA, Jim Karpe, MBA,
Becca Lory, Karl Wittig, PE
B8. Stress: Understanding Multiple Causes
and Developing Supportive Solutions
Lynda Geller, Ph.D.
B9. Intimacy and Sexuality
Leslie Sickels, LCSW
B10. Navigating & Expediting Access to Social Security
for Transition & Late-Diagnosed Adults
Dena Gassner, LMSW

Location: Adelphi University, Ruth S. Harley University Center, Garden City, New York

Registration Fees:
Registration includes breakfast, lunch and conference materials.
Non-Member fee includes a year’s membership in AHA.

$140  AHA Member
$140Non-Profit agencies
$180Non AHA member
$60Student (must include current ID by Fax or email)
$60Individual on the autism spectrum
$60Adelphi faculty (must include current ID by Fax or email)
$50MP3 (price if registration postmarked after April 4 -otherwise included in registration)
$25Conference Handbook for those not attending - includes shipping and handling

Registration is available online or by mail. The deadline is April 15th.

Click Here to Register Online

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A $25 processing fee will be applied to all refund requests. No refunds after April 15th. Online registrations automatically receive confirmation. If registering by mail or if further information is required, email conference@ahany.org. If you require a confirmation, please send your registration, with a stamped, self-addressed envelope.
When mailing registration make checks payable to AHA Association. Please send mail to:

AHA Association
PO Box 916
Bethpage, NY 11716-0916.

Scholarship forms are available here or else send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to the AHA Association address, requesting the form. A registration form must accompany all scholarship requests.

Purchase MP3 and/or Handbook from 2014 Spring Conference Here

MP3 Audio and Workbook Information from Prior Conferences

If you missed the 2013 spring conference or to purchase MP3s and Workshops of Keynotes from 2013 or earlier conferences go to our secure site at: Greater Giving

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