When the School Bus Stops—Annual Breakfast Address Challenges for Students with Autism

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Autism and After School Options by The Arc of San Antonio“When The School Bus Stops Coming” is an annual educational series on the challenges faced by transitioning high school students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The breakfast will be held on Thursday April 10, 2014 at the Whitley Theological Center beginning at 7:30 am.

Over 100 students with ASD graduate from Bexar County high school each year.  Once a child with autism graduates from high school, parents are finding limited choices for continuing education.   Many of the students with Asperger’s/Autism are able to attend post-secondary education but are limited to certification-only programs.

Marc EllisonFeatured speaker, Marc Ellison, Ed.D., is the Interim Executive Director of the West Virginia Autism Training Center, located at Marshall University, and an adjunct instructor at the university. Dr. Ellison holds an Ed.D. in Education Leadership and a MA in Counseling. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who has worked nearly 30 years to provide person-centered support, services, and advocacy to individuals who live with autism spectrum disorders, their families and those who support them. He has supported individuals with autism spectrum disorders throughout their lifespan as they moved to the community from state-supported institutions, searched for and obtained employment, entered into relationships, and transitioned into college.

The West Virginia Autism Training Center’s College Program for Students with Asperger’s Syndrome at Marshall University is a college program for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Students participating in the program have met acceptance criteria for Marshall University and have been admitted to the College Program through a separate application process. The program uses a positive behavior support approach to assist participating students. Social, communication, academic, leisure and personal living skills are assessed through person-centered planning.

Personal goals are identified and strategies are developed based on the individual needs of each student. The program seeks to help students learn skills which will help them earn a college degree, work in their chosen field, and live a productive, independent, and quality life.

The Arc of San Antonio currently partners with Trinity University to give students with ASD the college experience during a week long camp.  Summer on the Hill allows students with ASD to stay in a college dorm and enjoy week long classes.

Since 1954, The Arc of San Antonio has provided vital services to children and adults with special needs.  These services include direct care, case management and outreach and referral services.

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