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Living Your Best Autism Self: Quality of Life & Meaningful Engagement

Join self-advocates, professionals, parents, and interested community members for the 17th annual Hilibrand Symposium on Autism.
This year, we will focus on stigma within the autism community, featuring a diverse group of expert speakers.


Program highlights include:

KEYNOTE
Moving Beyond Half-Measures: A Blueprint for the Creation of an Effective System of Supports for All Adults With Autism

Christopher J. Manente, Ph.D., BCBA
Founding Executive Director of the Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services &
Clinical Associate Professor at the Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology


FEATURED SPEAKERS

Starting With a Place to Call Home

Karen Fluharty
Founder, Fighter, Mother, Parents With A Plan

John Klein
Managing Partner, THRIVE Red Bank
Real Estate Developer & Board Member, Parents With A Plan

Helping Individuals With Autism Cope With Hate & the Anxiety of War

Dori Frumin Kirshner
Executive Director, Matan

AFTERNOON MODERDATED PANEL
Self-Advocates and
 neurodiverse individuals discussing their life, hopes & dreams

Good news! Once again, the symposium will qualify for social workers interested in CEUs.  


For more information, please contact Meredith Zylberberg.

American Sign Language interpreters and assisted-listening devices are available. Please contact us at least five business days prior to the event to make arrangements.

Keynote Speaker

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Christopher J. Manente, Ph.D., BCBA

Founding Executive Director, Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services Clinical, Associate Professor at the Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology 

Christopher Manente is an accomplished professor, practitioner, and advocate who has dedicated his career to helping adults on the autism spectrum succeed in their homes and communities throughout their lifespan and across the contexts of school, work, relationships, leisure, and transportation. He has taught over a dozen university courses for students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, authored articles in peer-reviewed journals, written book chapters, and has presented at numerous national and international conferences on topics related to the advancement of community-based educational, vocational, and residential opportunities for adults with autism. 

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Questions? Get in touch.
Meredith Zylberberg

212.836.1253