Self-Advocacy and Transition: A Workshop for Students and Families - Franklin
Starting 4/18/2020 at 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM
Event Groups:
• Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities - OCECD Events
A workshop for young people on the autism spectrum and their families on transition, career development and independent living.

About this Event

Join The Learning Spectrum and Learning 4 Life Farm for a workshop for young people ages 14 and up on the autism spectrum and with other developmental disabilities and their families on transition, career development and independent living.

This day-long workshop will include:

$25 workshop fee includes lunch, snacks and beverages for one student-parent team (one student/young adult with ASD or other disability and one parent/caregiver). If student needs extra support, independent provider or additional parent/caregiver is welcome free of cost. Break rooms will be available, and other sensory supports available on request. Scholarships are available for families with financial eligibility - contact [email protected] to apply. Registration deadline: April 6.


  • 9am - Sondra Williams on self-advocacy and transition
  • 11:15am - Student Panel: teens and young adults on the autism spectrum
  • 12pm - Lunch and Info Fair with job provider agencies and local organizations
  • 1pm - Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) on accessing transition services
  • 1:45pm - Break and Info Fair continues
  • 2pm - Marie Crawford on supporting young adults living independently

Sondra Williams, an adult living with autism, is a published author and national speaker on autism, disability and trauma. She raised four children with autism and has a grandchild with autism as well. Williams has vast experience working in the autism field – as a parent, a mentor and a board member on local, state and national levels – and has received numerous awards for her work with teens and adults with autism. Read her most recent article on self-advocacy.

Marie Crawford is an autism and disabilities advocate and speaker and the parent of two adult children with developmental disabilities who are successfully living independently - one on the autism spectrum and the other with Down syndrome. She serves as Financial Officer of the Autism Society of Central Ohio and on the board of the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) works to empower Ohioans with disabilities through employment, disability determinations, and independence. OOD's Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR) assists eligible people, beginning at age 14, with physical, mental and emotional disabilities by providing direct, personalized services to assist them in finding and retaining meaningful work and personal independence.
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The Learning Spectrum, Ltd., 125 Dillmont Drive, Columbus, OH 43235
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