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Rutgers Autism paratransit study looking for adult participants

The Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT) at Rutgers University is looking for adults 18 years and older to participate in a research study on paratransit skills for people on the autism spectrum. Participants can earn up to $75 for completing the study. Information is in the flyer below.

Autism Paratransit Assessment Flyer (PDF)

PHOTO GALLERY: Dr. Frank Cicero presents full day workshop hosted by Y.A.L.E. School

5D9B7348Y.A.L.E. School’s Autism programs hosted Dr. Frank Cicero of the Eden II Autism Program in New York for an all-day intensive workshop addressing autism and sexuality.

Guests arrived at the Civic Hall auditorium on the Camden County College campus in Blackwood, NJ where they were greeted by Y.A.L.E. School staff members and students from the Standard 9 transition program. The attendees were a mix of parents, educators, Applied Behavior Analysts, and professionals from local school districts, disability agencies and service providers. View photos

PHOTO GALLERY: Y.A.L.E. School’s Audubon campus students make Easter Baskets to raise funds for school prom

IMAG0158_1Students on the autism spectrum who work at Y.A.L.E. School’s Green Tech Activity Lab recently proved to be “good eggs” when they collaborated to design, construct and decorate hand-made Easter baskets as part of a fundraiser for Y.A.L.E.’s annual student prom, held at the Voorhees autism campus. The students made “grass” for the baskets by shredding paper, which was then used to line the baskets which they individually hand-painted. The baskets were then filled with Easter candy before being sold and delivered to students and staff at the Y.A.L.E. Audubon campus. The project involved many steps requiring a range of skills and skill levels so every student at GTAL was able to participate. Proceeds of the fundraiser will go towards the Y.A.L.E. School Prom social event for students from our autism campuses. View photos

Y.A.L.E. School’s March Guest Speaker Series: Sexuality Across the Autism Spectrum

Each year, Y.A.L.E. School invites expert speakers to discuss topics of interest to families, educators, and other professionals involved in the field of disabilities. This winter, Y.A.L.E. School’s Autism and Social Learning programs will host two special events focused on the topic of sexuality and sexual development in adolescents on the autism spectrum.  Both events offer professional development credits or CEU credits for educators and professionals.  Read More »

RESCHEDULED Autism and Sexuality: Encouraging Appropriate, Safe & Healthy Behaviors with Dr. Frank Cicero, PhD, BCBA

March 27, 2015
9:00 amto5:00 pm

NEW DATE: Friday March 27th. All tickets will be honored on the rescheduled date. Previously registered attendees will receive notice via email.

Y.A.L.E. School Autism Programs present a special full-day intensive workshop for parents and professionals:

Autism and Sexuality: Encouraging Appropriate, Safe & Healthy Behaviors
with Dr. Frank Cicero, PhD, BCBA
at Camden County College in Blackwood, NJ

frankParents, educators, therapists, clinicians, and service providers often struggle to address the difficult topic of sexual expression and behaviors regarding adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum. Individuals on the spectrum may not respond to traditional teaching methods and may “act out” or display inappropriate sexual behaviors at the wrong time or in the wrong setting. Deficits in social skills, communication and perspective taking are core autism characteristics leading to these issues. Applied behavior analytic treatments can be highly effective in promoting appropriate sexual behaviors and sexual expression in adolescents and adults on the spectrum.

This full-day workshop will provide an overview of issues related to sexuality in ASD and how parents, educators, and clinicians can collaborate to encourage healthy, safe and age-appropriate sexual behaviors. We will discuss topics such as sexual development, sexuality knowledge, sexual behaviors both appropriate and inappropriate, issues regarding consent and common parent concerns. We will then move into suggested curriculum topics. Treatment strategies discussed will include, but are not limited to, reinforcement-based procedures, video modeling, task analysis schedules, picture activity schedules, scripts and script fading, and social stories. Empirically supported literature and data will be presented where applicable and available. Although sexuality is an issue that often comes to the forefront in adolescence, information on sexuality is important for individuals of all ages. Topics related to ethical decision making will also be discussed.

This workshop will focus on behaviorally-based strategies useful for individuals on all ends of the spectrum. Audience questions and discussion will be welcomed.
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Autism and Sexuality: Self-Esteem, Relationships, Safety, and Risks, with Amy Gravino

March 18, 2015
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Y.A.L.E. School Cherry Hill Presents: Autism and Sexuality
with Amy Gravino and Kristin Pragle

This presentation will focus on sexuality experiences, issues and concerns prevalent in the teenage and young adult, higher level of independence, autistic population.

Topics will include: Legal pitfalls and sex-specific evaluations, puberty, self-esteem/self-worth/body image, crushes, dating, online dating, intimacy, sexual safety and empowerment, and break-ups/heartbreak.

Registered guests can receive 2 ASAH Professional Development Hours Read More »

SAVE THE DATE: Workshops on transition and legal guardianship for parents of students with autism

Y.A.L.E. School’s Audubon campus and Y.A.L.E. School Assistant Director John Wilson will host disability and special education expert attorneys from the law firm of Hinkle, Fingles & Prior. The attorneys will present special workshops on the topics of transition, legal guardianship and protected decision-making for parents of children on the autism spectrum ages 14 through 21. Read More »

Parent Workshop on Autism and Legal Guardianship 1/28

January 28, 2015
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Y.A.L.E. School Audubon campus and Y.A.L.E. School Autism Programs present:

Guardianship and Decision Making for Parents of Children with Autism

Featuring special education and disability expert attorneys from the law firm of Hinkle, Fingles & Prior. Read More »

Parent Workshop on Autism and Transition 1/21

January 21, 2015
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Y.A.L.E. School Audubon campus and Y.A.L.E. School Autism Programs present:

Transition to Adult Life for Parents of Children with Autism

Featuring special education and disability expert attorneys from the law firm of Hinkle, Fingles & Prior. Read More »

Helping NJ Parents Who Are “Navigating the Maze” of DDD

Voorhees DDD workshop 003Parents of children with disabilities in New Jersey can sometimes be overwhelmed with the complex system of state agencies, programs, and service providers which exist to help people with disabilities and their families. Accessing services and supports made available through Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) funded programs is an important part of most individuals’ transition plans, especially when students are approaching graduation and “aging-out” of the school system.

To help parents and educators make sense of it all, Jonathan Sabin, Director of DDD’s Office on Autism, presented a free workshop in cooperation with Y.A.L.E. School’s Autism programs entitled “Autism: Navigating Through the Maze” at our Voorhees campus. Attendees included Y.A.L.E. School parents and staff members, members of the community and representatives of local public school districts. Read More »