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Jun
19

The Bright Life Workshop Series for Teens and Transitioning Adults on the Autism Spectrum 12 to 25

9am–11am

Special Workshops

This workshop is pitched perfectly for adolescents between the ages 12-25 years old (and their parents) who are concerned, or even anxious, about adult life and are willing and ready to take action now. You will be given access to The Bright Life Inventory and will be guided on how to use it. In this hands-on and practical workshop, parents and adolescents will be empowered with fundamental mindsets to promote healthy interdependence and will be given a simple tool to create a “path forward” directing where resources should go. After the workshop, you will keep this tool and will have it as a tangible and invaluable resource that can serve as your guide as often and for as long you need it.

Session 1: Order of Operations
Saturday, June 5 from 9 to 11 a.m.

Participants will understand the mindsets necessary to promote healthy interdependence and will be introduced to The Bright Life Inventory tool. Participants will be assigned homework to develop awareness of strengths, limitations, interests, and preferences.

Session 2: Learning/Continuing Education
Saturday, June 12 from 9 to 11 a.m.

Participants will learn the skill sets necessary for learning after high school and will be encouraged to think about a path that fits interests, preferences, and learning profiles. Participants will be assigned homework related to Learning/Education skills. 

Session 3: Working
Saturday, June 19 from 9 to 11 a.m.

Participants will learn the skill sets necessary for vocational and career placement. Participants will be assigned homework related to working skills. 

Session 4: Living
Saturday, June 26 from 9 to 11 a.m.

Participants will learn about the skill sets necessary for daily living. Participants will be assigned homework related to Daily Living Skills. Directions on how to use The Bright Life Inventory tool after the workshop will be discussed.

Cost:
Flat Fee of $365.00 for the workshop series.
The workshop series is vendored by Lanterman Regional Center. Talk to your Service Coordinator. It may be available to clients of other Regional Centers as well. Inquire with your Regional Center Service Coordinator.
Vendor # PD3625

Register Now:
If you have any questions and to register, contact FAA at 818.662.8847 or info@foothillautism.org.

About the Speaker/Facilitator
Gwen Palafox, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist who has been actively changing the lives of individuals with disabilities for over 20 years. Currently, she is laser-focused on promoting the happiness and wellbeing of teens and adults with disabilities. Despite her many years of clinical expertise, she has learned that her out-of-the-box thinking, creativity, humor, compassion, and grittiness are some of the best tools she has.

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Sibling Saturday

12:30pm

Recreational support group for sibilings ages 5 to 12 of individuals with developmental disabilities. [in English]

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TACA ~ Talk About Curing Autism

1pm–3:30pm

Parent meetings that feature educational speakers on important topics and peer support for parents of chidlren with autism. [in English]

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Starting Points- A Pathway Toward Paid Permanent Employment with a Paid Internship Program (PIP)

2pm–3:30pm

Special Workshops

A Six-Series Workshop with Expert Guests Participating Throughout the Sessions

Session One - Paid Internship Program (PIP): Starting Points Toward Matching You with the Right Job
Speaker: Carmen Jimenez-Wynn
Saturday May 15, 2021 at 2-3:30 p.m. PST

This session will take participants through the process of discussing the PIP with the Regional Center Service Coordinator as part of the Individual Program Plan. Part One of Two

Session Two - Understanding Available Resources and Job Search Strategies
Speaker: Regional Center Service Coordinator
Saturday May 22, 2021 at 2-3:30 p.m. PST

This session will take participants through the PIP process. Part Two of Two.

Session Three - Understanding Your Preferences in Order to Find the Job that is Right for You
Speaker: Gary Greene, Ph.D.
Saturday May 29, 2021 at 2-3:30 p.m. PST

This session will help you explore your preferences and strengths in the workplace, and assist you in organizing your workplace permanent products toward employment.

Session Four - Workplace Communication Skills
Speaker: Kristin Kucia
Saturday June 5, 2021 at 2-3:30 p.m. PST

This session will review important soft skills crucial to success in the workplace. Areas of review and practice include workplace etiquette and diplomacy, time and self-management, asking questions, making small talk, providing feedback, and note-taking.

Session Five - Interview Skills Practice
Speaker: Interview Coaches
Saturday June 12, 2021 at 2-3:30 p.m. PST

This workshop will review best practices with interview skills, self-advocacy, and how to speak positively about yourself in an interview.

Session Six- Employment Resource Fair
Speaker: Employment Vendors
Saturday June 19, 2021 at 2-3:30 p.m. PST

This interactive session will feature Employment Vendors who will discuss their programs, and answer all questions you may have.

Cost
Cost is a Flat Fee of $365.00 for the workshop series.
The workshop series is vendored by Lanterman Regional Center. It may be available to clients of other Regional Centers as well. Inquire with your Service Coordinator.
Vendor # PD3625

Where
All sessions will be held on Zoom. The Zoom meeting information will be sent out to registrants before each session.

Register Now:
If you have any questions and to register, contact FAA at 818.662.8847 or info@foothillautism.org.

About the Speaker/Facilitator
Kristin Kucia is an educator, a writer, and a curriculum designer with over 20 years of experience teaching and coaching people with differentiated needs. She is the Co-Leader of the Talent/HR Coalition at the BRIC Foundation, an organization that forges career opportunities for women and underrepresented populations in the entertainment industry. She creates and manages internship and mentorship partnerships for diverse artists with the goal of fostering social responsibility and encouraging DEI initiatives in the workplace. Kristin is the mother of a young man with autism, and she is passionate about teaching, coaching, and empowering young adults on the spectrum towards employment opportunities. She published the memoir, "I am my son's first sightword: growing a child with autism" in 2014 and is currently working on her second book. Kristin sits on the Board of Directors at Foothill Autism Alliance.

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