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US Autism & Asperger Association
July 31, 2012

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Adults - Ongoing Services Throughout The Lifespan: Are You Really Done at 21

suzette bartlett
suzanne grimshaw

Your children were most likely diagnosed when they were young. Now, they are becoming an adult or soon will reach that age where they might need ongoing services throughout their lifespan. While some adults with autism will likely live in homes of their own with only a little support, many more will require a range of ongoing and even intensive services throughout their lifespan. The sad reality at this time is that there is a tremendous lack of adult residential supports and programs that meet the hopes and dreams of many people with autism and their families.

For adults with Autism and Asperger's transitioning into adulthood can be very difficult.

Suzette Bartlett, MSW, LCSW and Suzanne Grimshaw, MSW, LCSW present, "Adults - Ongoing Services Throughout The Lifespan: Are You Really Done at 21", Thursday evening, September 6 at 7:00pm at the USAAA 2012 World Conference.

During their presentation, they will:
1. Identify services available throughout the lifespan.
2. List new and existing models for providing high quality residential programs.
3. Identify some options for adults as they age out of the school system.

A Residential/Day Program Model will be presented.

Suzette and Suzanne will also cover Government services, SSDI versus SSI, case studies, state and local services that include Medicaid, Housing Assistance, Food stamps, and State programs for uninsured.

For adults with autism and Asperger's transitioning into adulthood can be very difficult. Residential/Day programs can help with this transition. Picking a program can be difficult. Suzette and Suzanne will share a residential program model to serve as a guide for this process.

Suzette is a Licensed Certified Social Worker. She is a pscyhotherapist at ScenicView Academy, a not-for-profit educational facility for adults (age 21 and older) with learning disabilities, in Provo, Utah. Suzette presented on teaching students social skills recently at the Utah Valley University Conference on Autism and has presented at the National Independent Educational Consultants Association conference and at the Utah Learning Disabilities Association Conference. She received a bachelors and masters in social work from Brigham Young University.

Suzanne has worked with people affected by Autism, Asperger's Syndrome and Learning Disabilities for over five years. She has also worked with those who struggle with Mental Illness at the Utah State Hospital. At ScenicView Academy she has collaborated with her fellow clinicians to develop a social skills curriculum specifically geared for teens and adults. Suzanne recently presented at the Utah Valley University Conference on Autism and has presented at the National Independent Educational Consultants Association conference and at the Utah Learning Disabilities Association Conference. Suzanne is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in Political Science and a Master's degree in Social Work.

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