Advocacy, Activism, & Resources for Autism
Monica turns more than 25 years of activism and advocacy for autism into evidence-based, proven resources for parents, caregivers, and healthcare professionals. Find out more today.
Autism 207: Transition to Adulthood: Behavioral Support for Adults
August 16, 2018
Instructor: Monica Meyer
When a student with autism exits their formal education, it doesn’t mean that they have stopped learning or that the supports used in the educational system stop being utilized. What it means is that IDEA and its entitlement has ended and Section 504 of ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) continues. How does that impact young adults entering the work force and post-secondary education? Monica will touch on these issues and how it applies to Positive Behavior Supports, the underlying characteristics of Autism, training and most importantly access to services based on their documented support needs.
As lifelong learners, every opportunity for an adult with autism becomes a teachable moment. For an individual with autism, parent, or support staff it is a continual process of identifying the skill deficit displaced, the characteristic of autism demonstrated, applying a process of support strategies and interventions (likely used within the school setting), assessing the efficacy of the strategy implementation and ultimately reduce the need for exhibited behavior. This seems quite simple, right? Check out Monica’s presentation and learn how important it is to have a “facilitated” Person Centered Plan, learn how different the adult service system is for people with autism and how to promote ASD evidence-based supports.
For Person Centered Plan Facilitation, Training and Mentoring, please contact Monica at Monica@MonicaMeyer.com
Monica Meyer, Autism Activist, Keynote Speaker, Mother to 32-Year-Old Michael
From her son’s birth, Monica has had to discover or develop techniques of connecting Michael to the community and to the resources that have helped him lead a happy and fulfilling life. Speaking, conducting trainings, and meeting with parents, caregivers, and professionals lets her share her valuable insight and experiences.
Whole Life Community Living Consultant
Monica began with compassion for adults who have ASD (autism spectrum disorder), and a desire for them to lead happy, fulfilled lives, completely integrated onto the community. She shares her years of experience through the practical, evidence-based resources that parents and professional care staff need.
Monica’s credibility comes from raising a child with autism into adulthood, which gave Monica the real life experience of finding—and often times developing—community resources necessary for her son. Her trainings share the specific strategies parents and professional care staff need to be successful in supporting their adult child’s autism.
Finding that being a member of the community was key to a happy and fulfilling life for her son, Monica has created ways of integrating adults with autism into their community, promoting their communication, independence, and decision making.
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Monica is a tireless advocate for individuals with autism across the lifespan and has a special interest in adults with classic autism.
She strongly believes that adults with classic autism should be active members of their community, participating at the level they are comfortable with.
Monica does this through designing structured opportunities in “real-life” settings that open up experiences for the individual with autism to make true choices for residential and work prospects.
Monica has raised Michael from birth to adult. Early in her journey she realized how difficult it was to get services and help from government programs, health care professionals, etc.
For more than twenty years Monica has focused on developing the support and techniques to help Michael become a member of the community with a happy comfortable lifestyle.
Her focus is on sharing these resources with other parents and guardians, freeing their time from having to hunt for help and solutions to spending it where it counts.
Monica turned her personal and professional experiences into useful, practical resources for parents and professional care staff.
In addition to her experience raising her son Michael, professional affiliations include appointment by the Governor of Washington to the State Autism Task Force.
Monica Meyer Consulting offers training, consultation, and a wide range of evidence-based ASD resources and strategies to support parents and care professionals.