51 Water Street, Suite 206
Watertown, MA 02472

Driving Directions 


Stephanie Birkdale
617-393-3824  x32

About Caitlin E. Coyle, Ph.D.

Short Bio:
Dr. Coyle is a research fellow and adjunct assistant professor of gerontology at UMass Boston. She earned her doctorate in gerontology from UMass Boston and also worked as postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Health Policy & Management at the Yale School of Public Health. Her research interests include mixed methodology as well as the social aspects of health and community living among older adults with a specific emphasis on social isolation, aging with lifelong disability. She has extensive experience working as a research partner to community based organizations. Her work informs planning, development, and improvement to the services and supports being provided to older adults and people with disabilities.

Presentation Summary:
The phenomenon of human longevity is being experienced worldwide. Adults are living longer than ever before, including adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD).  Dr. Coyle’s talk will summarize what we know about aging with autism and other intellectual or developmental disabilities; and her talk will highlight the primary challenges that researchers face in understanding the key issues facing adults aging with I/DD. She will be taking questions from the audience and is looking forward to an open and engaging discussion.

The Jody Acford Spirit Conference
Aging with Aspergers 
September 9, 2017

Featuring research presentation, guest speakers, discussion & information. Lunch will be included for those who register. This conference is intended for adults with an Asperger or related profile who are age 50+. There are a very limited number of spaces for professionals. Please email Events@aane.org  if you are a professional who would like to attend. Adults should register using the link below.

Don't be disappointed- Register early, 50 person limit. 

Conference Schedule

9:00 - 9:30


9:30 - 10:15

Caitlin E. Coyle, Ph.D. (short bio below)
Summary of Current Research, Personal & Policy Implications
Research Fellow, Center for Social & Demographic Research in Aging
Gerontology Institute
John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy & Global Studies
University of Massachusetts Boston 

10:30 - 12:00 

Panel - Three Perspectives:
Personal Experience of Aging with Aspergers
Mark Goodman, Anastasia O'Melveny, and David Stamps

12:00 -1:00PM 

Lunch (provided)

1:00 - 2:00PM

Workshop A (choose 1)

1. Public Benefits as one Ages (Lecture & Q&A)
      Dr. Kathryn Collins-Wooley

2. Legal Documents: Wills, Healthcare Proxy, Power of Attorney & HIPPA Release & more (Lecture & Q&A)
      Ken Shulman, Day Pitney, LLP

3. Impact of a Late Diagnosis (Discussion)

4. Staying Healthy & Interacting with Health Care Providers (Discussion)

 2:15 - 3:15PM

Workshop B (choose 1)

 5. Health Insurance & Aging (Lecture & Q&A)
        Terri Farrell, Autism Insurance Resource Center

 6. Managing Anxiety about the Future (Discussion)

 7. Special Interests, Connections & Aging (Discussion)