The Arc of Illinois is sponsoring Bringing It All Together! The Arc of Illinois Living with Autism Conference on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at the Tinley Park Convention Center. There is still time to register and be a part of this exciting conference!
Our main keynote speaker will be Dr. Temple Grandin. Dr. Grandin’s presentation will be: “Autism and My Sensory Based World,” using her own experiences as a guide, Dr. Grandin will examine the role of finding the right job for people on the autism spectrum, where passion becomes the foundation for one’s work. Dr. Grandin will also cover the issue of sensory oversensitivity in autism and how simple modifications in the workplace and the classroom can provide a successful and comfortable environment. Believing the world needs all kinds of minds, she will provide meaning to the current job market. There will be time for questions and answers.

In addition to Dr. Grandin, the following experts on autism will present:
Vic Morris –  Luncheon Presentation – “So You Finally Have an iPad… NOW WHAT?” – Getting help navigating the uncharted territory known as the “App Store”. This presentation will provide a guide for implementation of the iPads for people with ASD. Reading the reviews is just the beginning. Find out what typically goes wrong and avoid the most common pitfalls that lie in wait for users. Mr. Morris will identify key concepts for making app purchase decisions to ensure your individual needs are met.  Using the app he developed (augieAAC) as a guide, Mr. Morris will discuss the critical features to look for in Augmentative Alternative Communication AAC apps and more.

Dr. Andy Bondy, “Guide to Managing Challenging Behaviors.” This workshop outlines a powerful and effective model for dealing with difficult behaviors, including the
most challenging self-injurious behaviors.
Dr. Paula Kluth, “We Thought You’d Never Ask: Voices From the Spectrum.” Dr. Kluth explores the gap between the dominant discourse in autism and the stories of people on the spectrum themselves. She will share excerpts from her documentary film on the voices of people with autism and discuss what the messages from people with autism and Asperger syndrome mean for our daily work in schools and communities.

Go to this link for program and registration information: Bringing It All Together! The Arc of Illinois Living With Autism Conference.
$300 Individual and $500 Family Stipends are available for this conference. Go to this link to apply for a stipend. Consumer Stipends

The Arc of Illinois is proud to announce Life’s Plan, Inc. as a Keynote Sponsor of the “Bringing it all Together: Living With Autism” Conference at the Tinley Park Convention Center on September 27, 2012.  Life’s Plan, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 agency managing Pooled Special Needs Trusts for people with disabilities and providing supplemental usage of trust funds without loss of government benefits. Life’s Plan is a Medicaid qualified trust that works with individuals, their families and Attorneys.

Tony Paulauski
The Arc of Illinois