Jade Graffort
CIP Berkeley
(510) 704-4476 x 101


Wednesday June 27, 2012 from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM PDT

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CIP Berkeley Center
2070 Allston Way
Suite 101
Berkeley, CA 94704


*The main event takes place at Hotel Shattuck at 5:45PM

Hotel Shattuck
2086 Allston Way
Berkeley CA 94704

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Think Positive

Thinking Positive About the Future

Insights Into College, Independence and Employment For Young Adults With Asperger’s, ADHD, and other Learning Differences

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We are pleased to have Syndie Kohara, an award winning broadcast journalist who has held on air positions at KPIX TV, CNBC and CNET as a special guest to moderate the program.

*Please note that this event is designed for Parents and Professionals. If you choose to bring a student, they will be asked to join us for a special student only presentation at CIP Berkeley during the "Thinking Positive" event.

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 - 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Parents and Professionals are invited to join us for an informative evening event focusing on transitioning to college, careers and independent living for young adults with autism and learning differences. 

Join us for refreshments at CIP Berkeley's newly expanded location in downtown Berkeley, CA at 5:00PM, prior to a short walk next door to Hotel Shattuck for the event at 5:45 PM.

This free event will include presentations by several guest speakers who work with the ASD and LD community; offering advice on the key stages of transition to adulthood including: letting go, adjusting to college, finding success in the workplace, and achieving independence.


  • 5:00 - 5:30 - Refreshments, tours and art display (at CIP Berkeley)
  • 5:45 - 6:30 - Presentation by Dr. McManmon (at Hotel Shattuck)
  • 6:30 - 7:30 - Panel presentations and Q&A (at Hotel Shattuck)

Presentation By:

Michael P. McManmon, Ed.D. 
Dr. McManmon is the founder of the College Internship Program (CIP), which has serves college-aged students with learning differences and Asperger’s Syndrome since 1984. He is a blog author for Psychology Today and his book, "Made for Good Purpose" has been published by Jessica Kingsley.


Laura Shumaker
Autism Advocate and Blogger for SFGate, author of A Regular Guy: Growing Up With Autism

Andrew Selby
Employer Representative, Bridges to Work, a transition program that fosters employment opportunities for young adults who have disabilities or barriers to employment.

Janet Lawson and Dan Swearingen
Founders of Autistry Studios, a therapeutic program for teens and adults with autism, Asperger’s and other social/communications differences offering workshops, college and job support. Dan has been diagnosed with Asperger’s and has enjoyed a successful career in software development.

Kevin Shields
DSRP Coordinator, University of California, Berkeley.

Ron Nelson
Interim Coordinator/Counselor for Disability Services, Merritt Community College in Oakland.

David Jolliffe
Berkeley Community Media, Bay Area media company and internship provider.

Jack Fagan
Former President, AASCEND (Autism, Asperger Syndrome Coalition for Education, Networking, Development) and organizer of new Bay Area job club for adults on the spectrum.

Other Special Guests:
Include representatives from Transition Options Program (TOPS) through Mt Diablo Adult Education, and Semperical Inc, a new technology company seeking employees on the autism spectrum.


5:00PM -5:30PM: CIP Berkeley, 2070 Allston Way Suite 101, Berkeley, CA

5:45PM - 7:30PM:  Hotel Shattuck, 2086 Allston Way, Meeting Room B, Berkeley, CA


Cost: Free (space is limited)

*Please note this event is for parents and professionals only.

Since 1984, the College Internship Program (CIP) has expanded to six locations across the US. CIP's comprehensive curriculum and cutting-edge approach to developing real-world skills expands the foundation on which young adults with ASD and LD can build happy and productive lives.