The transition from secondary school to life is one of the most stressful times in the lives of every young adult, but for those with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their parents, the event is overwhelming and anxiety-provoking. In this session, Patricia O’Connor will address issues and discuss strategies to support young adults and their parents/caregivers during this tumultuous stage of life.
Patricia O’Connor is an educator with 37 years experience. She founded Integrated Autism Consulting to address the burgeoning needs of individuals with ASD. During the past 25 years, she has conducted ASD specific workshops for families and professionals, written and taught two ASD specific university courses, consulted to an international agency to develop curriculum specifically for young adults with ASD, assisted businesses in integrating employees, acted as an expert witness in a successful constitutional law challenge, as well as coaching clients and their families. Since 2010 she has created innovative programs for young adults and their parents including Transition to Life, Imagine a Life and Prepare for Life. Her passion for the ASD population and belief in her role as a change agent for individuals and their families motivates her to assist, support and guide them to success and fulfillment in their lives.