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Sunday, May 6, 2018
8:15 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


Ruth S. Harley University Center

Issues in Independent Living for Adolescents and Adults on the Autism Spectrum

AHA’s 30th Annual Spring Conference Focuses on Independent Living for Adolescents and Adults on the Autism Spectrum. 


  • AUTISM: A Uniquely Human Experience – Keynote: Barry Prizant, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
  • Caught in the Web of the Criminal Justice System – Keynote: Nick Dubin, Psy.D. Featuring: Lynda Geller, Ph.D., and Mark Mahoney, J.D.

Panel Discussion:

  • Voices from the Spectrum: Practical Strategies
    Moderator: Katherine Cody, Psy.D.
    Presenters: Dena Gassner, M.S.W., Ph.D. candidate, Emanuel Frowner, Amy Gravino, M.A., CAS, Stephen Katz, Becca Lory, CAS, BCCS, and Stephen Shore, Ed.D.

This event is a sellout every year, and includes events such as breakout sessions and resource walkways. Don’t worry if you’re hungry-we offer a continental breakfast, lunch, and cookies from South Fork Bakery and Bookstore.

It is an exciting day with speakers, presentations, panels and breakouts relevant to professionals, family members and individuals with ASD.

» Register Online

» View details and conference schedule on the AHA website

This event is co-sponsored by the Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association, Adelphi University Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, and the Center for Health Innovation.


  • Barry Prizant, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
  • Nick Dubin, Psy.D.
  • Lynda Geller, Ph.D.
  • Mark Mahoney, J.D.
  • Katherine Cody, Psy.D.
  • Dena Gassner, M.S.W., Ph.D. candidate
  • Emanuel Frowner
  • Amy Gravino, M.A., CAS
  • Stephen Katz
  • Becca Lory, CAS, BCCS
  • Stephen Shore, Ed.D.
  • Leslie Sickels, LCSW
  • Matthew Lerner, Ph.D.
  • Valerie Gaus, Ph.D.
  • Michelle Lang, LCSW

About AHA

The Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association (AHA) is a not-for-profit organization serving individuals on the autism spectrum, their families and the professionals who work with them. AHA provides crucial resources and support as those on the spectrum face challenges, build on their strengths and fulfill their potential. Founded in 1988 and based on Long Island, New York, with a satellite office in New York City, AHA is directed by a dedicated and experienced volunteer executive board and expert professional advisory board. AHA’s services reach nearly 10,000 people annually. These services include one-on-one phone and e-support; more than a dozen monthly support meetings; an informative weekly AHA eNewsletter and biannual On the Spectrum print publication; family recreation events; biannual education conferences; and signature fundraisers, such as its annual ROCK ‘N’ BOWL for Autism. By maintaining efficient administrative practices, 90 percent of every dollar donated to AHA goes directly to providing and expanding its services.

For more information, please contact:

Judith Cohen
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Stephen Shore 
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