Transition in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Transition in Autism Spectrum Disorders


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Wednesday, January 30, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar

About this Webinar Series:

AUCD's Autism Special Interest Group is pleased to present the 2019 winter webinar series. The goal is to share new and breaking work across each area from AUCD-supported programs across the country in brief accessible presentations tied together across a common topic, and to support conversation around each. All three webinars will include a moderator, three presenters and time for questions and comments over the course of an hour. The first will focus on transitions to adulthood for autistic individuals, followed by early identification of autism spectrum disorder, and wrapped up in March with a focus on diversity issues within autism spectrum disorder and associated care and support. The goal is to share new and breaking work across each area from AUCD-supported programs across the country in brief accessible presentations tied together across a common topic.

About this Webinar:

Please join us to hear about national work and discuss issues pertinent to the topic of supporting autistic individuals as they transition to adulthood. Dr. Eric Moody from Wyoming Institute for Disabilities will moderate a three expert panel presentation and facilitate questions and comments from webinar participants.


Eric J. Moody is a Social Psychologist with advanced training in autism, developmental cognitive neurosciences, public health and epidemiology. His work focuses on improving systems of support for those with autism and other disabilities, family supports, employment, and supporting disabilities in rural settings. He is Director of Research and Evaluation and a Research Professor at the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) at the University of Wyoming.  




Elizabeth Evans Getzel, MS is the Director of the Center on Transition Innovations (CTI) at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Rehabilitation Research and Training Center. She has extensive experience directing research and demonstration projects on supported education for college students with disabilities; transition of youth with disabilities to postsecondary education or employment; collaborative career planning for college students with autism; and postsecondary education supports for veterans with disabilities. She has published widely on transition, career development, postsecondary education, and employment, and is the co-editor of the book: Going to College: Expanding Opportunities for People with Disabilities.



Michelle Boulanger Thompson is an occupational therapist who has been practicing in early intervention, school-based, and adult home health for 30 years. She holds a BA in Spanish from Indiana University, an MS in Occupational Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), and certificates in Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (Virginia LEND) and Autism Spectrum Disorders from VCU. She currently works for Richmond Public Schools, volunteers on the board of directors for Mosaic (a private non-profit organization that provides housing for adults with developmental disabilities) and is co-chair for the Creative Arts special interest group for AAIDD. She is currently a doctoral student in special education disability policy at VCU where she is researching the implications of the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) on increasing employment for individuals with disabilities, including ASD. Her group is specifically exploring the Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) intended to support the school-to-work transition as well as exploring multiple stakeholders' perceptions of supports and resources needed for interagency collaboration.



Julie Lounds Taylor is an associate professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Her research focuses on understanding the factors that promote a positive transition to adulthood for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their families. Dr. Taylor’s work has been funded by Autism Speaks and the National Institutes of Mental Health. She was the 2014 recipient of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Early Career Award, and in 2015 was appointed to the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee.


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