Boston/Newton, January 20th, 2018. Asperger Syndrome and Adult Life:Navigating the Massachusetts Public and Private Supports and Service Systems. This conference is for those with Asperger Syndrome (AS) or related profiles and family members of adults and older teens with AS/related profiles to learn about the many public and private supports that may be appropriate for adults who live in Massachusetts.
* Fees apply, registration required to the AANE Asperger Syndrome and Adult Life
Navigating the Massachusetts Public and Private Supports and Service Systems Conference Page or contact the Asperger/Autism Network , 617-393-3824 x32, firstname.lastname@example.org
CONFERENCE TOPICS INCLUDE:
All attendees: Benefits Overview – Presenter: Kerry Mahoney, Director of Outreach & Education, The Arc Massachusetts. Kerry will give a one hour presentation on the basics of state (Massachusetts) and federal benefits that are available to people with an Asperger’s diagnosis or a related Autism Spectrum Profile.
* Asperger Syndrome Employment and Social Security Benefits – Presenter: Kathryn Collins-Wooley
When competitive employment is not an option, most people will turn to social security for disability 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.
* Legal Planning and Alternatives to Guardianship – Presenters: Ken Shulman & Barbara Jackins
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 your child may be receiving. The workshop will also discuss alternatives to guardianship that are appropriate for adults with Asperger profiles.
* Healthcare – Presenters: Terrie Ferrell & Jo Anne Bayliss. 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.
* DDS – Presenter: Leah 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.
* Private Housing Options. Presenters: Michael Caballero, Doreen Cummings, Beth Gutierrez, & Alan White
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.
* Private Vocational Options – Presenters: Barbara Bissonnette, Nataliya Poto, Leslie O’Brien & Micah Fleisig. This panel of experts will review their innovative and successful programs for helping adults with AS obtain and sustain employment. They will discuss their programs and answer your questions.
* Public Vocational Supports – Presenters: James Fratolillo, Elsa Jimenez, & 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.
* Thinking About Housing – Presenters: Catherine Boyle. This presentation is “Housing 101.” Thinking About Housing introduces families and individuals to the range of public funds available to pay for housing and supportive services (including for those without state funded supports). Some examples are given of how these can be combined with private funds to create housing.
* Housing: Let’s Talk About The Money – Presenters: Alexandria Nadworny and John Nadworny. 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.
* Supported Decision Making – This presentation will focus on Supported Decision Making, which is a model for supporting people with disabilities, often cognitive disabilities, to make significant decisions and exercise their legal capacity