Adolscents into Adults

Event information submitted by Cecelia Thompson, Chairperson of Philadelphia Right to Education Task Force
Note from Cecelia to parents:

Parents who have children in the Philadelphia public school system, if you do not have the money to pay the registration fee, please go to your principal and ask to have this paid with Title I dollars. Every school has money for parents to attend training's and seminars.
If you are having problems, please let me know and I will refer you to your Regional Title I representative (there were vacancies and I am waiting for an updated list)

Training Opportunity - Practical Strategies for Preparing Adolescents for Adulthood
A Day with Dr. Peter Gerhardt
Doubletree Hotel, Plymouth Meeting
Thursday, November 6, 2008
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Topics to be discussed:

Career choices
Social skills

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Day's Agenda:

8:00 am Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Morning Session begins
9:45 am – 10:00 am Break
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Lunch (On your own)
12:30 pm - Afternoon Session begins
2:30 pm – 2:45 pm Break
2:45 pm – 4:00 pm Questions from audience

About the Speaker
Peter F. Gerhardt, Ed.D.

Dr. Peter Gerhardt is President of the Organization for Autism Research,
a nonprofit organization, the mission of which is to fund applied
research and disseminate the relevant findings in support of learners
with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families. Dr. Gerhardt has over
25 years experience utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis
in s upport of adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders in
educational, employment, and community based settings. He is the author
or co-author of articles and book chapters on the needs of adults with
autism spectrum disorder, the school-to-work-transition process,
assessment of social competence, and analysis and intervention of
problematic behavior. He has presented nationally and internationally
on these topics. Dr. Gerhardt received his doctorate from the Rutgers
University Graduate School of Education. Dr. Gerhardt was recently
awarded the John W. Jacobson Award for Significant Contributions to
Effective Behavior Intervention by New York State ABA.

Dr. Gerhardt has been an active member of Maryland ABA since relocating
to Maryland (from New Jersey ) 6 years ago and he is currently the
President-Elect. Previously, he had served on the Board of Directors on
New York State ABA and was a founding director of Connecticut ABA .

Today, professionals, families and learners with ASD are beginning to
redefine the outcomes of the transition process beyond simple job
placement to focus on career development and measures of personal
competence and life satisfaction. To this end, this presentation will
provide an overview and practical suggestions for transition planning AT
ANY AGE in su pport of desirable and individualized employment outcomes
with attention to assessment, community based training, employment
development, job-related social skills, and quality of life