Transition to Adulthood Discussion Series

Transition to Adulthood Discussion Series

The Transition to Adulthood Discussion Series is designed to bring together autistic youth, their parents, and other professionals to learn about and discuss emerging topics throughout the transition from youth to adulthood. Topics in the discussion series range from mental health, learning to drive, and talking about sex, to entering the workforce and navigating Social Security. Topics will attempt to address a variety of experiences, and provide you with new resources as a teenager or young adult with autism, or as a parent of a teenager with autism. The series is moderated by Sean Inderbitzen, APSW, a Behavioral Health Therapist with autism. Each session in the series will include a virtual presentation about the topic and dedicated time for discussion/questions. Sessions will take place via zoom on the third Wednesday of every month from 6:00 – 7:00 pm beginning in August 2020.

Upcoming Dates/Topics

6:00 - 7:00 pm

Madeline Barger, MS, LMFT, BCBA, AASECT-CST will discuss research and practice in sex education and treatment from years of work with individuals, couples, and families on the autism spectrum.  This presentation marks another installment of Barger’s Sex on a Spectrum wherein clinical practice is translated into real-life strategies for self-advocates living with autism and their support teams including caregivers and clinicians. Learn about the process for understanding why sex is a tricky topic, especially for vulnerable populations, identifying sex education topics for specific learners, strategies for teaching said topics, and benefit from the experts on the spectrum who have supported and contributed to the content of the presentation.

Madeline is a licensed behavior analyst and licensed marriage and family therapist, and AASECT certified sex therapist. Barger is the clinic coordinator in the Waisman Center Autism Treatment Programs.  Barger has extensive experience in providing both autism and mental health interventions to individuals and families across the lifespan including individual, couple, and family therapy, sex education and therapy, social skills and behavioral intervention, and parent and professional trainings. Barger previously worked as a lead clinician in a center-based program providing supervision for behavioral treatment for school-age children, teens, and adults with autism.

6:00 - 7:00 pm

Presenter: Ellie Hartman, Ph.D.

6:00 - 7:00 pm

This presentation will be provided by Sarah Lincoln, Program and Policy Analyst for the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). Entering the Workforce: DVR Services – This session will provide information around the services that DVR provides to students to prepare them for the world of Competitive Integrated Employment. In this session you will learn how and when to apply for DVR, develop your Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE), participate in DVR services including, but not limited to, researching labor market information, job exploration, job shadows, work readiness skills, self-advocacy, and temporary work experiences.  DVR can help you develop your IPE to include services based on your skills, abilities, and interests to find a job, keep a job and get a better job.

6:00 - 7:00 pm

Join us for a discussion with Masters Driving School and ERI about autism and driving.

6:00 - 7:00 pm

Presenter: Dawn Stark, Western Regional Center for Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs

6:00 - 7:00 pm

Presenter: Dawn Stark, Western Regional Center for Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs

6:00 - 7:00 pm

Presenter: Ashley Lien, Center for Independent Living- Western Wisconsin

Past Events

6:00 - 7:00 pm

Join Sean Inderbitzen, APSW, a Behavior Health Therapist living with autism, for a presentation and discussion on helping your adolescent with ASD and comorbid anxiety or depression adjust to their new “normal”. This will be held via zoom. Please sign up to receive login information.

This program is hosted by the Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin - West Central Region. Please contact westcentral@autismgreaterwi.org with questions.