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Albany, NY June 22, 2017

Conference Information

When:  Thursday, June 22, 2017

Where:  Albany, NY | Albany Marriott Hotel

Continuing Education:  ASHA, APA, AOTA

Speakers:  Dr. Temple Grandin, Britt Collins, Joanne Lara

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Dr. Temple Grandin

The World Needs All Kinds of Minds

Dr. Temple Grandin has served as inspiration and role model to hundreds of thousands of families and persons with autism. In this unique presentation, Temple eloquently and candidly describes the challenges she has faced and offers no-nonsense ideas on how others dealing with autism can meet these obstacles and improve the quality of their lives. Backed by her personal experience and evidence-based research, Temple shares her valuable insights on a wide variety of topics, and offers useful do’s and don’ts.

By attending, participants can:

  • Create a learning environment to accommodate sensory challenges
  • Illustrate ways to develop talents into a career path for individuals
  • Introduce ways of intervention for those newly diagnosed
  • Help the older child and Adult form social relationships

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Beth Aune

Creating a Sensory Lifestyle for Children with Autism & SPD

Britt Collins, M.S., OTR/L is an occupational therapist who has worked with adults and children of all ages in a variety of settings including schools, clinics, homes, hospitals, rehab facilities and skilled nursing facilities. She has created four DVDs for children with special needs as a visual learning tool for parents and caregivers to carry over occupational therapy into the home and community. She has authored three books including Sensory Parenting: Newborns to Toddlers; Sensory Parenting: The Elementary Years: and her latest book Sensory Yoga for Kids. Britt currently practices in Denver, Colorado and works in a school district as well as early intervention. She is a feeding specialist and is working towards her children’s yoga certification.  

By attending, participants can:

  • Creating a Sensory Lifestyle for your child at home, school and in the community
  • Define the 6 subtypes of SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder)         
  • Provide strategies for parent-teacher support teams 
  • Assist students with difficult transitions 
  • Implement calming techniques  
  • Yoga techniques  
  • Mindfulness and breathing exercises   
  • And more!  

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Joanne Lara


Transitioning into the Workspace - A Seat at the Table

Joanne Lara, MA, CTC Mod/Severe Education Specialist, ABA Graduate Certificate, Executive Director Autism Works Now, Joanne is the founder of Autism Movement Therapy, and author of Autism Movement Therapy Method: Waking up the Brain! with Keri Bowers. Joanne is core adjunct faculty at National University in Woodland Hills and produced the documentary Generation A: Portraits of Autism & the Arts with Temple Grandin. Lara is a columnist for Autism Asperger’s Digest and the co-author of Teaching Pre-Employment Skills to 14-17 Year Olds: The Autism Works Now! ®Method with Susan Osborne, due out September 2017 Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London.  

This session will explore the Individualized Transition Plan (ITP), the strategies that the IEP team should be addressing for long term goals and outcomes, including Person Centered Panning vs Vocational Training options that will lead to meaningful employment in the workforce. What should your young adults ITP look like? When should it be part of the IEP?

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the 3 core components of the Individualized Transition Plan (ITP) and how to advocate for their child early on in the IEP process
  • Explore the rules and regulations for employment with individuals with autism and related disabilities
  • Review realistic employment options and how to prepare your child for entering the workforce

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Continuing Education Credits

Future Horizons offers Continuing Education Credits for the following associations:


ASHA American Psychological Association
This course is offered for up to 0.6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area). Continuing Education for APA is provided by Future Horizons. Future Horizons is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Future Horizons maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Future Horizons is an American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) approved provider of continuing education. This conference is offered for 0.6 CEUs. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products,
or clinical procedures by AOTA. 


Schedule & Map


Autism Conference Schedule

Time Event
7:00am Registration Check In
7:50 Announcements
8:00 Dr. Temple Grandin
9:30 Break
10:00 Joanne Lara 
11:30-12:30 Lunch on your own
12:30 Britt Collins
2:00 Break
2:30 Britt Collins(continued)
4:00 Conference Ends


About the Venue: 
 Albany Marriott Hotel
189 Wolf Rd 
Albany, NY 12205

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