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Tri-State Webinar: Transition Planning for Individuals with ASD: Targeting Skills for Adult Independence: Part 1 of 4

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Transition Planning for Individuals with ASD is a four-part webinar series. In part 1: Targeting Skill for Adult Independence, Dr. Peter Gerhardt discusses the 5 necessary beliefs/rules about transition, these include:

Rule #1: Everyone is capable of living and working in the community with the proper supports.

Rule #2: Nobody has to earn the right to be in the community.

Rule #3: But there are barriers associated with certain social norms to overcome if Rule #1 & Rule #2 can be implemented in full. These are:

  • High rates of severe challenging behavior can limit community participation.
  • Poor hygiene and age-inappropriate clothing restrict social inclusion.
  • Poor eating skills restrict inclusion on many levels.
  • Inappropriate sexual behavior tends to fall under community zero tolerance policies
  • Not being bowel or urine trained presents an overall challenge.

Rule #4: None of what we are about to discuss can be described as being easy. In fact, if it were easy you wouldn’t be here today because it would all already be done.

Rule #5: Under IDEA, Special Education is as much about “procedural process” as it is about student outcomes. This has required us to rely more on soft expectations to guide us (i.e., achieve the highest potential) rather than measurable outcomes. But what if we used measurable outcomes and then worked backward from there?

Presenter Information: 

Dr. Gerhardt, the Executive Director at EPIC School, has more than 30 years experience utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis in support of individuals with autism spectrum disorders in educational, employment, residential and community-based settings. Dr. Gerhardt is the author or the co-author of many articles and book chapters on the needs of adolescents and adults with ASD and has presented nationally and internationally on this topic. Dr. Gerhardt is the founding chair of the Scientific Council for the Organization for Autism Research (OAR) and currently sits on numerous professional advisory boards including Behavior Analysis in Practice, the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts, and the Autism Society of America. 

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The webinars are listed by category and alphabetical order. The category for this webinar is Transition.

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