Getting a Life: Transition to Competent Adulthood for Young People with Autism

CSM, AAACC Co-Host OAR’s Dr. Peter Gerhardt, Feb. 19

The Autism-Asperger Association of Calvert County (AAACC) and the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) will co-host a presentation by Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D., president of the Organization for Autism Research, from 7 to 9 p.m., Feb.19 at the college’s Prince Frederick Campus.

Gerhardt has more than 25 years of experience working with adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders in educational, employment and community-based settings. His presentation will address the soft skills that teenagers and young adults need to learn in order to succeed in the workplace; how they can advocate for themselves in college of on the job; and how they can best participate in social life and avoid its pitfalls. Following his presentation, there will be time for audience questions.

The Organization for Autism Research funds applied research and disseminates the relevant findings to support individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families.

The AAACC’s goal is to raise awareness of autism spectrum disorders, provide support and information, develop resources and programs, improve educational opportunities, promote employability, and further the quality of life for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. For information on autism resources in Southern Maryland, visit www.asdcalvert.org.

The presentation is free and open to the public but registration is requested by contacting Careen Wallace, at CWallace@asdcalvert.org or 301-855-8333. CSM’s Prince Frederick Campus is located at 115 J.W. Williams Road. For information visit www.csmd.edu.

 

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Getting a Life:  Transition to Competent Adulthood for Young People with Autism. 7-9 p.m., Feb. 19, College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick Campus, 115 JW Williams Road, Prince Frederick. The Autism-Asperger Association of Calvert County and the College of Southern Maryland co-host Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D., president of the Organization for Autism Research. Topics to include soft skills teenagers and young adults need to succeed in the workplace; how to advocate for themselves in college or on the job; and how to participate in social life and avoid its pitfalls. Q&A to follow. Free. Registration requested; contact Careen Wallace, CWallace@asdcalvert.org or 301-855-8333.

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