6th Annual UJA-Federation of New York Hilibrand Autism Symposium

Nov 5 2012
America/New York
Start Date: 
March 20, 2013
New York City


Pathways to Independence: Education, Employment, and Social Engagement for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders


Wednesday, March 20, 2013 8.30 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.

UJA-Federation of New York

Seventh-Floor Conference Center

130 East 59th Street

New York City


With the population of individuals on the autism spectrum rising, educators, employers, and other communal institutions must adapt to include this growing segment of society. Higher education opportunities have often been out of reach for these individuals. Now, new models are being explored that have the potential to benefit students as learners and future employees. New models of employment are also being crafted and tested to include people with disabilities. While recognizing that education and employment remain key elements to enabling individuals on the spectrum to find fulfillment, it is also paramount to create and maintain opportunities for social, spiritual, and other meaningful pursuits.

Keynote Address - Transition to Adulthood: Employment and Residential Patterns of Adults with Autism

Marsha Mailick Seltzer, Ph. D., Director, Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Over the last decade, Professor Seltzer has researched a 14-year longitudinal study of over 400 adolescents and adults with autism and their families. In this presentation, she will discuss the results of her research and will focus on changes accompanying the transition out of high school, patterns and predictors of post-high school employment and residential outcomes, independence in daily living skills, and social integration. Implications for families, service providers, policy makers, and future research will be discussed.

Featured Talk - Services for Adults with Autism in New York City: What Do We Know? What Do We Need?

Alison Singer, Executive Director, Autism Science Foundation

In this presentation, Autism Science Foundation's Alison Singer will unveil the results of a 2012 New York citywide survey of the service needs of adults with autism. What's working well? Where is there need for improvement? Learn about what you and your family members had to say about adult autism services. The survey was sponsored by the UJA-Federation of New York, the Autism Science Foundation, the Hilibrand Foundation, the FAR Fund, and the Interactive Autism Network.

Featured Talk - Autism & Internet Safety

Dennis Debbaudt, Investigator for Autism Training for Law Enforcement and Emergency Responders; and Author, Autism, Advocates and Law Enforcement Professionals: Recognizing and Reducing Risk Situations for People with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Learn about necessary precautions to take when individuals with autism are on the Internet. This presentation will outline suggestions, options, and specialized tactics associated with autism and Internet safety.
The afternoon sessions of the Sixth Annual UJA-Federation of New York Symposium will be devoted to looking at a number of other areas that are significant to obtaining independence for individuals with autism. By focusing on a disability program within the college system, employment models, and more, these presentations will explore innovative ways for individuals with autism to create a meaningful and independent life.
Additional speakers include:
  • Rabbi Marc Penner, "Spirituality: One Family's Odyssey with Autism"
  • Professors Martha Mock and Meg Grigal, "Think College: Really? Yes!"
  • Representatives from Just-A-Buck Franchise, "Providing Productive Work Opportunities to Individuals with Disabilities

Register Online

Conference fee: $25 For more information, or to request an assisted listening device, please contact goldbergm@ujafedny.org.