November 20-22, 2013 · Columbus, OH · Greater Columbus Convention Center
Tuesday, November 19 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Adolescents and Young Adults with ASD: Considerations for Community Living and Employment
Youth and young adults with ASD can participate in and contribute to the communities in which they live. This requires preparation and support to overcome perceived and existing barriers. Barriers related to skill development in communication, social competencies, emotional regulation, problem solving, and sensory sensitivities can prevent people with ASD from accessing employment, friendships, learning and leisure opportunities in the community. Issues surrounding puberty and sexuality can contribute greatly to the development of barriers. Frequently these needs are simply identified as "behaviors." When educational or service support teams do not accurately identify needs and do not build appropriate supports, individuals can be isolated and prevented from learning how to manage or communicate their emotions/needs in order to access and participate in the community. This session provides an overview of the challenges facing individuals with ASD post-graduation and provides recommendations for addressing these challenges as part of transition planning and community development in adulthood.
Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D., is the Director of Education, Upper School, for the McCarton School in New York City. Dr. Gerhardt has more than 30 years' experience utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis in support of adolescents and adults with ASD in educational, employment, residential, and community-based settings. He has authored and co-authored articles and book chapters on the needs of adolescents and adults with ASD and has presented nationally and internationally on this topic. Dr. Gerhardt serves as Chairman of the Scientific Council for the Organization for Autism Research, is on the Editorial Board of Behavior Analysis in Practice and on numerous professional advisory boards, including the Autism Society of America. Dr. Gerhardt received his doctorate from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey’s Graduate School of Education.
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