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ASW Conf: Adult Services

ASW Conf: Adult Services

Olympia, WA.

ASW presents: "Innovative Pathways to Adult Services", and the ASW 2012 Annual Membership Meeting

Saturday, Nov 10. All day conference, 9 am-5 pm, the Olympia Ballroom, Olympia, WA. 

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ASW invites you to come learn more about what is evolving on the frontier of adult services. The population of adults with autism is growing fast. We need effective and sustainable services that respond to individual preferences and lifestyle choices. Join us as we explore new approaches to employment and residential supports that are increasing access to options that meet the unique needs of individuals on the spectrum. 

Following the adult services program, please join us for our 2012 Annual Membership Meeting and learn more about the Autism Society of Washington. We will start the meeting with a special presentation on the DSM 5 revision.

In conjunction with our esteemed presenters, we encourage participation by agencies and service providers who are pioneering in the areas of adult services. Please contribute to the day by hosting a resource table.

Presenters include:
Rehabilitation & Recovery: Continuing into Adult Life
Dr. Alan Unis, Medical Director, Youth Services Program, Kootenai Medical Center
What do we need to pay attention to in order to assure ongoing recovery in adulthood?

“Employment For All” Must Be the Reality!
Cindi Kirchmeier, Vice President Employment Services, Morningside
Where have we been? Where are we now? What are the challenges and opportunities of the future?

Supported Self-Employment & DVR: An Overview
James O’Brien, Dept of Vocational Rehabilitation
DVR’s approach to self-employment and how supported employment fits into this employment outcome.

Microenterprise Training Programs
Lisa Smith, Enterprise for Equity

Cohousing: Creating a Village
Grace Kim, Schemata Workshop, LLC
Learn more about this sustainable housing model and the existing opportunities within the Puget Sound.

Agricultural Communities for Adults with Autism
Marla Guerrero, Echoing Hope Ranch
Agricultural programs specifically designed to meet the needs of the adults with autism that they serve.

Annual Membership Meeting & Special Presentation

Changes in the DSM 5 and Autism Diagnosis
Jeffrey E. Foster, MS, MA, LMFT, A Fresh Start/ASW President

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