Monday, September 3, 2012

Workshops I Wish Were Around Years Ago-Preparing for the Real World

I do not publicize this blog as it is (at times) a "rant" blog.  However, I do want to post this for anyone from Upstate New York, if they stumble across this blog.

Oh, if only we had this for Bil about....40 years ago.

The Family Resource Network, Inc. Presents its Fall Conference on Autism Featuring Chantal Sicile-Kira, founder of Autism College and Author of A Full Life with Autism

A Full Life with Autism: Preparing for the Real World

Conference Description:
For individuals with autism and for others with developmental disabilities the transition to adulthood can be challenging, but with proper preparation it can also be a positive life experience. Hard-won wisdom and practical tips on how parents and educators can pro-actively prepare teens of all ability levels for adulthood will be shared.
Topics include a short resume of puberty, relationship boundaries, sexuality, self-regulation, self-advocacy.

The skills needed for employment and college will be addressed. Topics include what top skills employers look for in employees; how to create community connections, finding mentors, creating opportunities based on interests or skills. Examples of what parents and educators have done elsewhere with positive results will be shared.

Conference DetailsDate: October 4, 2012
Time: Registration: 8:30 AM
Morning Session: 9 AM to 12 PM
Lunch (included): 12 PM to 1 PM
Afternoon Session: 1 PM to 3:30 PM

Location: Tompkins Cortland Community College
Frank Taylor Forum
170 North Street
Dryden, NY


About Our SpeakerChantal Sicile-Kira is an award-winning author of five books and the Founder of which provides practical information and training on-line.

Chantal has served on the California Senate Select Committee on Autism & Related Disorders, and was appointed to serve as Co-Chair, South Counties Autism Regional Taskforce.

Her most recent book is A Full Life with Autism: From Learning to Forming Relationships to Achieving Independence (Macmillan 2012), co-authored with her son, Jeremy, who graduated from high school at age 22 with a 3.75 GPA, and gave a commencement speech using voice output technology. Jeremy is the Autism Research Institute’s Youth Representative to the United Nations, and the California Youth Leader for the Global Autistic Initiative.

For more information about our speaker, visit the following: &

Registration Information

Registration is FREE for parents and caregivers of individuals with disabilities.

The fee for professionals is $40.00.

To register on-line go
and click on the News & Events and Conference links.


Register by phone by calling 607-432-0001.

Lunch is included.

Seating is LIMITED so please register early.

Registration Deadline is September 25, 2012.

Our Thanks to the Following:

The NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities

The Southern Tier Special Education Parent Center

Their support of this conference is greatly appreciated.
Family Resource Network, Inc. • 46 Oneida Street • Oneonta, NY

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