Newton, MA, February 23rd, 2019. Asperger Syndrome and Adult Life: Navigating Massachusetts Public and Private Supports and Services Systems is geared towards adults and parents of older teens and adults with AS or related Autism profiles. Hear experts explain the many public and private supports that may be appropriate for adults who live in Massachusetts including:
– federal income subsidies and state services
– public & private housing options
– public & private vocational supports
– legal & financial planning, healthcare
Fees apply, registration is required to www.aane.org/event/jody-acford-adult-benefits-conference2019/?fbclid=IwAR1P-7fcbQ2IKNGCE5oZGPzgKbxMsp9ryCv3ZIXbyrJgVKmoXQW6hBVA_MQ or contact Stephanie Birkdale, Asperger/Autism Network , 617-393-3824 x32 , firstname.lastname@example.org
2019 Workshop Descriptions
Benefits Overview (all attendees)
- Workshop 1A: Private Housing Options – Presenters: Michael Caballero (Specialized Housing Inc), Holly McCarthy (JF&CS), & Alan White (TILL). This panel of experts have developed interesting and creative housing models for adults with Asperger profiles. They will discuss these new models and answer your questions.
- Workshop 1B: LifeNet – Presenters: Jay O’Brien, Director of LifeNet, Asperger/Autism Network. This workshop is a presentation of the new AANE case management program called LifeNet. It is a private pay, independent living support programs for adults with Asperger’s or similar autism spectrum profiles. LifeNet is designed to offer peace of mind that an adult on the spectrum will be supported as they navigate adulthood by a devoted tream from the trusted AANE non-profit organization.
- Workshop 1C: Healthcare – Presenters: Terri Farrell (Disability Resource Center) & Jo Anne Bayliss (DDS)
Focusing on health care coverage for adults with AS, this workshop will include information about Medicare, MassHealth, Commonwealth Care, One Care, and the impact of the Affordable Care Act on insurance coverage.
- Workshop 1D: Thinking About Housing – Presenter: Catherine Boyle, President, Autism Housing Pathways
This housing workshop is a step-by-step guide to planning for your child’s future home. It will focus upon combining personal resources and government benefits to create a home for your loved one. Topics include residential options, government benefits & legal considerations to help identify what is needed, how much it will cost & how to do it. This presentation is “Housing 101.” Thinking About Housing introduces families and individuals to the range of federal and state funds available to pay for housing and supportive services. Some examples are given of how these can be combined with private funds to create housing opportunities.
- Workshop 2E: Public Vocational Options – Presenters: Yvonne Tylinski, Michael Newton, Andrea Jackson, Anna Hermann. This workshop will focus on the variety of services and supports that the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) can provide to adults with Asperger Syndrome, including Vocational Assessment, Career Counseling, Interviewing Skills, and more. The workshop will also include a discussion of balancing work with benefits.
- Workshop 2F: Private Vocational Supports – Presenters: Barbara Bissonette (Forward Motion Coaching), Sangeeta Verma (AANE LifeMAP), Leslie O’Brien (MGH Aspire), & Micah Fleisig (JVS). These experts will review their innovative and successful programs for helping adults with AS obtain and sustain employment. There will be ample time for questions and answers.
- Workshop 2G: Healthcare – Presenters: Terri Farrell (Disability Resource Center) & Jo Anne Bayliss (DDS)
This presentation is a repeat of workshop 1C.
- Workshop 2H: DDS. Presenter: Lea Hill, Autism Program Coordinator, DDS – Northeast Region
This workshop will discuss changes in the Department of Developmental Disability eligibility criteria and available services for adults with autism spectrum profiles as a result of the passage of the Omnibus Autism Bill.
- Workshop 3I: Legal Planning and Alternatives to Guardianship – Presenters: Ken Schulman, Partner, Day Pitney, LLC & Barbara Jackins, Attorney, Legal Planning for Special Needs. This workshop will focus on estate planning, which is important to assure an adult child of long term financial security and also to make sure that financial systems are in place to protect both assets and any benefits an adult may be receiving. This workshop will also discuss alternatives to guardianship that are appropriate for adults with Asperger profiles.
- Workshop 3J: Private Vocational Supports -Presenters: Barbara Bissonette (Forward Motion Coaching), Sangeeta Verma (AANE LifeMAP), Leslie O’Brien (MGH Aspire), & Micah Fleisig (JVS). This presentation is a repeat of workshop 2F.
- Workshop 3K: Asperger Syndrome Employment and Social Security Benefits -Presenters Kathryn Collins-Wooley, Ph.D. When competitive employment is not an option, most people will turn to Social Security for diasbility benefits, either SSI (Supplemental Security Income) or SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance). This session will summarize these benefits and cover the adult social security application process.
- Workshop 3L: Thinking About Housing – Presenters: Catherine Boyle, President, Autism Housing Pathways
This presentation is a repeat of Workshop 1D.
- Workshop 4M: LifeNet – Presenter: Jay O’Brien, Director of LifeNet, Asperger/Autism Network
This presentation is a repeat of Workshop 1B.
- Workshop 4N: Public Vocational Supports – Presenter: Yvonne Tylinski, Michael Newton, Andrea Jackson, Anna Hermann .This presentation will be a repeat of workshop 2E.
- Workshop 4O: Asperger Syndrome Employment and Social Security Benefits.Presenters Kathryn Collins-Wooley, Ph.D.This presentation is a repeat of workshop 3K.
- Workshop 4P: DDS. Presenter: Lea Hill, Autism Program Coordinator, DDS – Northeast Region
This presentation is a repeat of Workshop 2H.