21st Century Safety for Children and Adults on the Spectrum: Issues and Strategies
Characteristics of autism such as communication deficits, unpredictable and challenging behaviors, and tendency to wander make individuals on the autism spectrum especially susceptible to injury. It is essential for families and caregivers to recognize critical safety issues in the home and community and to manage safety risks. This multimedia workshop will highlight important topics including water safety; elopement and wandering; fire safety; poison control; abuse, neglect, and bullying; travel and transportation safety issues; emergency preparedness; and more. Prevention strategies and interventions to teach safety skills will be addressed. Practical safety resources will be provided to all participants.
About the Speaker:
Adrienne Robertiello is a strong advocate for building community awareness and inclusion of people living with autism spectrum disorder. Ms. Robertiello works to educate and provide practical strategies to enhance function and quality of life, increase safety, and improve the effectiveness of community services. She has developed and implemented several community education initiatives including Autism and Safety – It’s Unpredictable, Healthier Me, The Community Hub, and Real Life Tips for Kids with Autism. As part of these and other programs, Ms. Robertiello collaborates with community officials, health professionals, emergency response teams, law enforcement, educators and administrators, businesses, faith-based communities, and other community service providers, agencies, and organizations. She is also a parent of a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
When: January 18, 2017
Dinner 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Seminar 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Academy360 Lower School
One Sunset Ave.
Verona, NJ 07044
(Dinner and childcare are offered to our S360 families, so parents can relax and socialize.)
RSVP: Please register by Friday, 1/13/16 in one of the following ways: