Insight Into College, Employment and Independence for Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum and with Learning Differences
Parents and professionals are invited to join us for an informative event designed to provide a comprehensive overview of postsecondary options for young adults with Asperger's, High Functioning Autism, ADHD, NLD and other Learning Differences.
Thinking Positive About the Future will include presentations by several guest speakers who work with the ASD and LD community; offering advice on the key stages of transition to adulthood including: letting go, adjusting to college, finding success in the workplace, and achieving independence.
Michael P. McManmon - Dr. McManmon is the founder of the College Internship Program (CIP), which serves college-aged students with learning differences and Asperger’s Syndrome in six centers across the US. He is a blog author for Psychology Today and his book, "Made for Good Purpose" has been published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. During his 39 years of experience with students with Learning Differences and Asperger’s Syndrome, Dr. McManmon has worked on Curriculum Development, Staff Training, Program Evaluation, and Administering Community Based Programming.
Nathan Doty - Dr. Nathan Doty is currently an Instructor in Psychology in the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP) within the Department of Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Doty specializes in neuropsychological assessment of children and adolescents with developmental, neurological, emotional, and behavioral concerns. He has a broad foundation of training in child, adolescent, and adult assessment.
Barbara Bissonnette - Barbara Bissonnette is a certified coach and the Principal of Forward Motion Coaching. She specializes in career development coaching and workplace advocacy for individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome and Nonverbal Learning Disorder. She is the author of the Asperger’s Syndrome Workplace Survival Guide: A Neurotypical’s Secrets for Success, and The Complete Guide to Getting a Job for People with Asperger’s Syndrome, which is available from Jessica Kingsley Publishers and other book sellers.
Nataliya Poto - Nataliya is an Adjunct Faculty at the Psychology Department, UMASS/Lowell and AANE’s Adult Services Staff. Her applied research involvement included evaluation of employment support programs and music interventions for adolescents on the autism spectrum. Currently, she directs the LifeMAP Adult Coaching Program and conducts its research evaluation in collaboration with Professor Ashleigh Hillier, Ph.D. from UMASS/Lowell. Since 2008 the LifeMAP program has served more than 300 adults on the autism spectrum, currently there are 97 teen and adult clients in the program served by 46 lifeskills coaches.
Peter F. Love - Dr. Love is an educator and professional learning disabilities coach with over thirty years of experience supporting students with disabilities and other learning challenges. He is the Founder of Peter Love Educational Consulting in East Hampton, Connecticut where he provides educational consulting, individualized educational and achievement testing and evaluation and personal coaching services. Dr. Love lectures nation-wide on issues of helping to prepare and support high school students and young adults who are planning a post-secondary education and currently serves as President of the Connecticut Association for Higher Education (AHEAD).
- (2:00pm - 2:30pm) Registration, mingling and refreshments
- (2:30pm - 4:00pm) Panel presentations
- (4:00pm - 4:30pm) Open Q&A and mingling