Peter Gerhardt – Bridges to Adulthood Conference

Thank you to all those that attended the conference!

Bridges to adulthood: Programing for lives of competence and quality.

October 25th, 2013
Houston Marriott Energy Corridor Hotel
16011 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX  77094


The First 100 received and paid registered individuals will be entered into a chance to win 1 of 2 Pre PAID $100 Visa Card!

Workshop Agenda:

8:00 am – 9:00 am – Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 am – 10: 30 am – Speaker Introduction:  How we got here and where we are going
10:30 am – 10:45 am – Morning Break
10: 45 am – 12:00 pm – ABA and Older Individuals Challenges to EVP and Transition Planning
12:00 pm  – 1:00 pm – Lunch ( ON YOUR OWN)
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Adaptive Behavior  and Social Competence
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Sexuality Quality and Life Summary

Workshop Information:

The past decade has seen reports citing the dramatic increase in the prevalence of autism and related disorders (ASD) to the current 1 case per 110 individuals most recently identified by the Centers for Disease Control (2009).  While the reasons behind this increase remain unclear what is clear is that there are greater numbers of individuals being diagnosed with ASD than ever before and subsequently, steadily growing numbers of adolescent and young adults on the autism spectrum.  Subsequently, this increase in prevalence has created an increased demand for appropriate and effective services for adolescents and young adults with ASD.  Unfortunately, the need for such services continues to far exceed the available resources leaving a generation of individuals with autism and their families in a programmatic, financial, and personal limbo.   This presentation will provide an overview of effective transition programming — at any age – with the ultimate goal being a life of dignity, competence, and quality.  To this end, an overview and practical suggestions for transition planning (including the use of existing technology) will be presented along with issues related to community based instruction, social competence, sexuality and sexual safety, and quality of life concerns.