2018 Transition Conference | Partnership Sponsor: Hinkle, Fingles, Prior & Fischer

2018 Autism New Jersey Transition Conference

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2017 Transition Conference Offered Critical Help for Families Entering the Adult Service System

Thank you to our Partnership Sponsor, Hinkle, Fingles, Prior and FischerOn May 1, 2017, Autism New Jersey hosted more than 400 caregivers and professionals at the 2017 Transition Conference in Woodbridge, NJ. The conference offered specialized and up-to-date information to assist the careful planning needed to navigate the changes from school to the adult service system. 

"In the United States, 500,000 teens with autism will age into adulthood in the next decade," Autism New Jersey Executive Director Dr. Suzanne Buchanan stated during her welcome remarks. " And in New Jersey, there are tens of thousands of young adults and teens with autism who have difficulty navigating life and accessing appropriate services. We are here to help make this transition less overwhelming and more manageable."

Keynote presenter Dr. Mary MacDonald (center) with Autism New Jersey Executive Director Dr. Suzanne Buchanan and Keynote Sponsor Don Brown, Mass Mutual Tri-StateConference Highlights

The 2017 Transition Conference offered 12 workshops presented by experts in the field and 50 exhibits focused on legal, instructional, and service issues specific to this important time of life. Ask-the-Expert sessions gave attendees the opportunity to schedule private one-on-one meetings with attorneys, financial planners, clinicians, and other service providers to focus on their individual needs. 

A keynote presented by Dr. Mary McDonald discussed important decisions and preparations pertaining to skills to be taught, systems to be faded, schedules of reinforcement, and dependency on prompts and 1:1 instruction. Dr. McDonald specifically focused on curriculum assessment, skill development, and proactive strategies to foster a smooth transition to adulthood.

Attendees visited 50 exhibits focused on transition to adulthood

Transition Conference Survey- Closed

We appreciate your feedback. Thank you to everyone who completed a conference survey.  The feedback we received will help us plan for the 2018 Transition Conference and 35th Annual Conference.

Looking for More?

This October, many workshops at the Autism New Jersey 35th Annual Conference will focus on the needs of adolescents and adults. With more than 70 workshops, an expected 100 exhibits, research posters, and opportunities to network, the Annual Conference will provide caregivers and professionals with information pertaining to individuals of all ages and varying support needs. Learn more>>

2017 Transition Conference Photos

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Thank you to the following sponsors and supporters for making this event possible.

Keynote Sponsor: Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health NK Friends of Cyrus
Scholarship Fund Donor: PerformCare

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Bellwether Behavioral Health

CEA Schools


Transition Services should:
  • be a part of the Individualized Education Program (IEP).
  • be based on a student’s individual preferences and interests.
  • begin at age 14 (or earlier if applicable).
  • be a long-range plan that emphasizes skills that are needed for adult life.

More transition resources>>

Planning the Transition From School to Adult Life

Download our new transition publication.  

Remember, our Helpline is also available to answer your transition-related questions: 800.4.AUTISM or information@autismnj.org.

500 Horizon Drive, Suite 530 Robbinsville, NJ 08691
Phone: 609.588.8200; 800.4.AUTISM | Fax: 609.588.8858
Email: information@autismnj.org