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Social Emotional Wellness for Transition Age Youth with ASD
Hear first hand from a young adult with ASD about the challenges he experienced transitioning into adulthood
Get tips from top researchers and practitioners on how to promote social emotional wellness for young people with ASD as they transition into adulthood
About Our Panelists
Dr. Smalley is the autism clinical specialist/behavior analyst for the Redwood Coast Regional Center. A Certified behavior analyst since 1987, she has provided behavioral services in every environment to individuals of all ages. She has taught grade school and university; served in institutions here and overseas; worked in Government; Psychiatric hospitals; group homes; vocational settings; and within the criminal justice system. She considers herself first and foremost an advocate.
Anne Roux, MPH, MA
is a research scientist at Drexel University. She holds a master’s degree in public health from Washington University in St. Louis, where she completed training in health communication and participated in a NIMH pre-doctoral fellowship in Social Work. She also holds a master’s degree in speech-language pathology and has 15 years of clinical experience in autism early intervention. Anne is also a parent to two youth on the autism spectrum. She currently serves on the Health Care Transition Research Network for Autism Spectrum Disorders, the Autistic Global Initiative’s advisory committee, and the Autism Treatment Network’s AIR-P health disparities and family advisory committees.
Mr. Snell, 32, has beaten the odds. A young man living with Autism Spectrum Disorder -- commonly known as autism -- he has a college degree and a job. For many with autism, such achievements are beyond reach. Maurice, however, exhibits milder effects of the complex neurological disorder. Despite that advantage, Maurice’s future was uncertain for most of his childhood. For years Maurice was nonverbal, and no one had an answer until, at age six, he was diagnosed with autism. Maurice attended Easter Seals Therapuetic Day School before transferring to the high school where his mother taught, graduating 13th in his class and earning a 3.5 grade point average. In May 2006 Maurice received his bachelor’s degree from Saint Xavier University in Chicago, with a major in Liberal Studies and minors in Spanish and Concert Band. Maurice is currently employed as the Development Coordinator at Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago’s Central Office.
Besides his job at Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago, Maurice partners with another former Easter Seals client in a four-person band called the Naturals. They travel around the Chicagoland area and showcase their musical talent to many people, always sharing their motto: “We don’t let autism get in the way of our music!”