Purpose and Passion: Journey to Adulthood  

Are you prepared for the transition to adulthood? 
Join us for the latest on:
  • Quality of Life
  • How to fund the Journey
  • Housing, Jobs and Relationships
  • Tips and Toolkits
May 14, 2018
8:00am - 5:00pm

1000 Alameda St. 
Los Angeles , CA 90012

This 1-day conference will feature best practices, trends and provide practical information for self-advocates, family members, service providers and professionals.


As with our last conference, this event will  sell out .  
Please register early to ensure your space.  


NOTE: Speakers  and schedule subject to change


Speaker Bio's are HERE


Monday, May 14, 2018

 Sessions begin at 8:00am and end at 5:00pm

Opening Remarks

Self-advocacy and Self-determination
This panel will discuss why it matters and the myths and opportunities.
Housing Options
This panel will discuss how to prepare for the journey, skills to develop and the role of self-determination.  Highlight models that work and best practice examples.  Hear from parents and self-advocates who have navigated the system and have achieved their loved-ones dreams.

Dollars and sense: who funds what?
This panel will provide a general overview on funding IHSS/SSI/Special Needs Trusts etc. This panel will provide a perfect segway into detailed break out sessions addressing:

Break outs:
Special  Needs Trusts
Transition to Adulthood: Insights and Tips for Families and Team Members

Quality of life: purpose and passion
This panel will discuss higher education, employment, volunteerism, friendship and fun and how these each contribute to a "Quality of Life".

Closing Remarks


Special Presentations from:
The Ireland Family Foundation
Easterseals of Southern CA
Newman Aaronson and Vanaman


Many of us have been on the journey with self-advocates for a while now, striving to make sure every opportunity for independence or supported living is achieved. There are so many challenges - funding, resources, and information on available options, staffing needs, and adult readiness. Often, self-advocates are ready for their independence before parents are ready to see them go!
The process can be exhausting and difficult. Making it harder still is the fact that no one source has been offering answers and guidance on how to get there.
To provide a way forward, we've been asked to share some best practices that will accelerate the journey, and perhaps increase the confidence and knowledge required to proceed.
Join us on May 14 th  and gather with experts, self-advocates and family members who are all willing to share their experience, strength and hope with you. We'll discuss housing, financial, and vocational options - but most of all we'll have a dialogue about purpose and passion. Providing quality living options that support an inclusive and dignified community for all is what we demand.
Don't miss out. Seating is limited, and we will sell out. See details in the flyer. Hope to see you there.

Mari-Anne Kehler
Conference Director
Vice President, Autism Society of LA, Board of Directors


As with our last conference, this event will  sell out .  
Please register early to ensure your space.  


Early Bird Discount by April 24, 2018

Registration fee includes ONE full day of sessions
and breakfast, lunch, and snack.


  (who are not also paid professionals in the field) 

  Family Member/Caregiver   
$150 after 4/24/18 
  (who are not also paid professionals in the field) 

$250 after 4/24/18

This conference is vendored by various regional centers:
  • Vendor Number PH0898
  • Consumers and parents should contact your Regional Center service coordinator for conference funding. If you are requesting your regional center for funding, click on "Pay by Check" on registration.
  • If you are unable to get regional center funding, contact ASLA for needs-based scholarship information at info@autismla.org. 
Sponsorship and Expo expressions of interest may be sent to info@autismla.org

As with our last conference, this event will  sell out .  
Please register early to ensure your space.  



The Autism Society of Los Angeles (ASLA)  works to improve the lives of all affected by autism and other developmental disabilities by empowering in dividuals, their families, and professionals through advocacy, education, support, and community collaboration. 

Easterseals Southern California

Easterseals serves 1.4 million children and adults with disabilities and their families, offering a wide range of services at 74 affiliates nationwide. We change the way the world defines and views disability by making profound, positive differences in people's lives every day, helping our clients build the skills and access the resources they need to live, learn, work and play.

The Ireland Family FOUNDATION

To support autism research and direct ser
vices for adults on the autism 
spectrum.  The Ireland Family Foundation is a North Carolina not-for-profit corporation.

Provides assistance to children with disabilities and families with members who are disabled.  It was the first law firm in Southern California providing representation for children with disabilities in their struggle to receive appropriate educational programs and other befefits to which they are entitled.
Newman Aaronson Vanaman remains committed t providing services for families and children needing specialized legal services.  Our attorneys, paralegals and support staff are actively involved in a variety of forums as they seek to improve the services children and adults with disabilities receive. 


Premier  Healthcare Services provides Regional Center participant-directed administrative support in the form of Respite, Personal Assistants, Daycare and Financial Management Services (FMS).  This allows Regional Center participants to hire and manage their own personal care workers without the stress of carrying burdensome insurances or issuing payroll.  Also, Premier provides FMS services across the state to the new and exciting  Self Determination Program  giving you peace of mind while you direct your own services.  The Premier team is comprised of passionate and knowledgeable people who are focused on building strong person-centered services.  

Disability Rights California (DRC)

DRC is a nonprofit agency. DRC is  the largest disability rights group in the nation. Federal law established DRC to protect and advocate for the rights of people with disabilities. Last year DRC helped almost 25,000 people. Hundreds of thousands more were helped because of our litigation, policy work, trainings and publications. We are the protection and advocacy agency for California.


FACT family, adult & child therapies

Green, Hasson & Janks

Hussman Foundation

Modern Support Services


(click to access website)

As with our last conference, this event will  sell out .  
Please register early to ensure your space.  


Autism Society of Los Angeles |  info@autismla.org |  autismla.org
21250 Hawthorne Blvd Suite 500, Torrance, CA 90503

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