Workshop: “Transition – Life After School – April 14, 2018

Autism Services, Inc. and the Autism Society Western New York Chapter are pleased to present “Transition- Life After School for Individuals with ASD” presented by Ms. Amanda Cleesattel, M.S. OTR/L, and “Rising Like the Phoenix” presented by Ms. Laura Nadine.  Ms. Cleesattel is a licensed occupational therapist with over eleven years of experience in the field.  She has worked with children and adults with a variety of disabilities, and currently supervises clinical services at The Arc Erie County New York that provides supports & services for people with developmental delays.  Ms. Nadine is an autism advocate, musician, author, and filmmaker, and individual with Asperger’s.

This first presentation in this workshop by Ms. Cleesattel will examine the transition from school settings to career/vocational settings, including changes in expectations and routines which can cause disruption for both the adolescent and family. She will discuss supports that assist with the transition process, including ACESS-VR, clinical supports, related services, person-centered planning, and the degree of parent/caregiver support necessary for a successful transition.  It will provide a better understanding of person-centered supports and what  clinicians, teachers, and families can do to not only provide support during this pivotal time, but to make the transition to adult life as smooth as possible.

During “Rising Like the Phoenix,” Ms. Nadine will share her life experiences, both failures and achievements, as she struggled to find answers and strategies to adapt to a world that wasn’t always inclusive.  She will share “10 Points to Consider” based on her own experiences through trial and error as a music teacher of students with ASD, a parent of a child with Asperger’s, and as a person with Autism.  Her triumphs are inspirational, as is her message of empowering people with ASD to self-advocate and make informed choices about their future.  This workshop is geared for individuals with ASD, parents, and professionals.

In addition, we are pleased to announce that we will be offering ASHA CEU credit through the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Western New York (SHAWNY), and New York State Education Department Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy State Board Approved Continuing Competency Units for OTs/COTAs/PTs/PTAs through Associated Physical and Occupational Therapists, PLLC (APOT)!  Both SHAWNY and APOT are co-sponsors of this workshop.  Please note that this is offered for .35 ASHA CEUS- intermediate level, professional area.  The cost and CEU credit information are listed below:

            Registration CategoryPrice

(Prior to 4/9/18)

Continuing Education Credits AvailablePrice with Late Registration Fees Added (After 4/9/18)
Parent/Individual with ASD$12.00 per personn/a$22.00 per person
Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists$38.00 per person.35 ASHA CEUs$48.00 per person
OTs and COTAs$38.00 per person3.0 NYS Continuing Competency Units for OTs/OTAs$48.00 per person
PTs and PTAs$38.00 per person.3 NYS Approved PT Board CEUs$48.00 per person
Other Professionals/ Paraprofessionals/Students$28.00 per personNo CEUs awarded$38.00 per person


Attention speech-language pathologists and audiologists- Did you know that N.Y.S. Continuing Competency Requirements have a cap on the amount of self-study hours that you can obtain?  The N.Y.S. Office of the Professions defines self-study as “A structured study based on audio, audio-visual, written, online or other media that is provided by a sponsor approved by the Education Department. Self-study activities carry CEUs. No more than two-thirds of the continuing competency requirement may be completed through self-study.” (  Why not attend our live workshop on Saturday, April 14, 2018 to assist you with fulfilling your continuing competency requirements?

Online and mail-in registration are now available at  Thanks and we hope to see you there! Download the Autism Workshop Brochure: Autism Workshop PDF