Monday, April 24, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Capitol Visitor's Center, HVC Room 201-AB

Autism and Transition: What happens when the school bus stops coming? 

April 24, 2017
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Capitol Visitor Center, HVC Room 201-AB Light Refreshments Served

Each year, an estimated 50,000 youth with autism will turn 18 in the United States, yet many face a services cliff when school-based services end, resulting in over half of all transition-age adults with autism being disconnected from school or work after high school. Please join Autism Speaks for a briefing on the latest research developments in transition and life outcomes for individuals with autism. Panelists will include leading academic, government and industry thought leaders who will discuss how the influx of individuals with autism entering adulthood will impact publicly-funded systems designed to support adults with autism.

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. The briefing highlights a mission objective to improve outcomes for the transition to adulthood.

Representative Christopher H. Smith (NJ), Co-Chair of the Congressional Coalition on Autism Research and Education, will provide an update on legislative priorities.
Panelists will include:

Michael Friedman, PhD – Autism Parent and Board Member, Isadore and Bertha Gudelsky Family Foundation
Dr. Paul Shattuck, PhD – Associate Professor, Leader – Life Course Outcomes Research, A.J. Drexel Autism Institute
Dr. Thomas Novotny, MD, PhD – Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health (Medicine and Science) US Department of Health and Human Services (invited)                                                                                                                        Stephen M. Shore, Ed.D. – Self-advocate and national board member, Autism Speaks, will moderate.

Dr. Michael Friedman
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