AHA’s 15th Annual Spring Conference
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.
Issues in Independent Living for Adolescents & Adults on the Autism Spectrum
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.
Saturday, April 25, 2015
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
|Registration, bookstore, resource, continental breakfast||8:30 am – 9:15 am|
|Greetings from Adelphi and AHA||9:15 am – 9:30 am|
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OBSERVATIONS OF AN ASPERGIAN
|9:30 am – 10:30 am|
|John Elder Robison|| |
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|Resource Walkway and Book Signing||10:30 am – 11:00 am|
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|Workshop Period A||11:00 am – 12:15 pm|
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|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
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|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.
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|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
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|Lunch, Resource Walkway and Book Signing||12:15pm – 1:15 pm|
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Quality of Life for Adults with ASD:
Turning theory into practice and long—term benefit
Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D.
|1:15pm – 2:15pm|
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|Workshop Period B||2:45pm – 4:00pm|
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|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: Ruth Harley University Center (large, star-shaped, red brick building) at Adelphi University, 1 South Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530
Directions: Directions to Adelphi can be found below or at http://www.adelphi.edu/visitors/directions.php.
Registration includes breakfast, lunch and conference materials.
Non-Member fee includes a year’s membership in AHA.
|$140 || AHA Member|
|$180||Non AHA member|
|$60||Student (must include current ID by Fax or email)|
|$60||Individual on the autism spectrum|
|$60||Adelphi faculty (must include current ID by Fax or email)|
|$50||MP3 (price if registration postmarked after April 4 -otherwise included in registration)|
|$25||Conference Handbook for those not attending - includes shipping and handling|
Registration is available online or by mail. The deadline is April 15th.
Directions to Adelphi’s Ruth Harley University Center (brick star-shaped building):
Click Here to Download Our Conference Brochure
Audio and Handbook click here.
1 South Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530 – Look for blue & yellow balloons outside.
Via the Long Island Expressway (Route 495)
Take the L.I.E. to Exit 34 South (New Hyde Park Road). At the first traffic light, turn right onto New Hyde Park Road. Continue south on New Hyde Park Road for 3.2 miles. Turn left onto Stewart Avenue. At the fourth light, turn right onto Nassau Boulevard. Turn left onto South Avenue (immediately after crossing the railroad tracks). The Adelphi campus is on the right.
Take the L.I.E. to Exit 39 south (Glen Cove Road). Travel south for four miles (the road will change from Guinea Woods Road to Glen Cove Road to Clinton Road). Turn right onto Stewart Avenue and go one mile and turn left onto Hilton Avenue. Turn right onto Sixth Street (immediately after crossing the railroad tracks). Continue onto South Avenue. The Adelphi campus is on the left.
Via the Northern State Parkway
Take the Northern Parkway to Exit 26 South (New Hyde Park Road). Turn right onto New Hyde Park Road. Continue south on New Hyde Park Road for three miles. Turn left onto Stewart Avenue. At the fourth light, turn right onto Nassau Boulevard. Turn left onto South Avenue (immediately after crossing the railroad tracks). The Adelphi campus is on the right.
Take the Northern Parkway to Exit 31 South (Glen Cove Road). Continue south on Glen Cove Road (which turns into Clinton Road) for 2.3 miles. Turn right onto Stewart Avenue. Go one mile and turn left onto Hilton Avenue. Turn right onto Sixth Street (immediately after crossing the railroad tracks). Continue onto South Avenue. The Adelphi campus is on the left.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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:
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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