Saturday, November 13, 2021 from 8:00 AM to 4:15 PM EST
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Cross Insurance Center 
515 Main Street
Bangor, ME 04401

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Cathy E. Dionne, ASM Executive Director 
Autism Society of Maine 

Autism Fall Conference 
Cross Insurance Center, Bangor
November 13, 2021

We are pleased to invite you to be a part of this opportunity to exchange ideas, resources and knowledge that will inspire hope and innovation for those who live and work with individuals with autism.
This event is FREE! Contact hours available! Vendors!

 Please Note: We will be wearing masks following the CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19.

Keynote Speaker: Matt Brown, Retired Federal Law Enforcement Officer
"The Evolution of Autism Safety Training in Maine"
Where it started, what we have done, where are we now, and where do we go from here.
The keynote presenter will take us from where it started, what we have done, where we are now, and where we go from here. Matt will bringautism safety full circle from what is being address today and what works and what doesn’t. What can you do to ensure your child’s safety aroundelopement, internet safety, and pornography?


8:00am - Doors open for Registration 
Visit Vendor Tables:
Adaptive Outdoor Education Center, Creative Options, Developmental Disabilities Council, Kids Peace New England, Spurwink Services,Vocational Rehabilitation and New England Adaptive Equipment. 

9:15 - 11:30 Keynote Speaker: Matt Brown
"The Evolution of Autism Safety Training in Maine"

11:30 - 1:00 Lunch: On your own
Visit vendor tables! 

1:00 - 2:30 1st Break-Out Session # I:

A.) Jen Poore - My Hardest Student:  In this breakout session, Jen will explore some of the ways she taught her son, Marston how to read, explain how she uses “education scaffolding” to teach Marston new concepts, and she will share lots of visuals she has created for her son over the years.  Jen’s “Set No Limits” mindset is contagious, and you will absolutely leave this session with new ideas that can be immediately implemented to help those you know with autism.

B.) Police Interaction:
A Law enforcement officer's perspective vs. an individual with Autism perspective on the interaction betweent the two. The audience will hear from a law enforcement offiecer on this supbject and an individual with autism.

C.) CITE- Assistive Technology and Sensory Needs - This presentation will discuss the need for assistive technology to address sensory challenges and demonstrate a variety of sensory solutions.

2:45 - 4:15 2nd Break-Out Session # 2

A.) MPF- Transition Planning: Beyond the High School Years - The transition from high school into the world of adulthood is a milestone for ALL young people. There are so many possibilities as youth dream and plan for their future! For young people with disabilities, this can also mean challenges when continuing education, seeking employment, and living independently. This workshop explores the importance of planning early for life after high school with an emphasis on person-centered planning.

B) Apps as Assistive Technology: This presentation will discuss and demonstrate the IPad and built-in accessibility features that may benefit individuals with autism.   

C) Adults with ASD Panel: Join a panel of adults with ASD to discuss their obstacles to emloyment, social interactions and friendshop. What could be helpful and how you can help.

All are welcome; parents, caregivers, educators, professionals, employers, individuals with autism and anyone who can benefit from this autism resource.








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