8:00 AM - 5:00 PM on Friday, October 23, 2015
Santa Clara University, Locatelli Center
Cost: $25 per person, plus handling (pre-registration is required, no walk-ins)
Purpose: The population of California's adults with autism severe enough to be included in the Regional Center system is exploding: the current RC adult autism population (14,000) will double in the next five years and triple in the next ten (to 42,000). In spite of the staggering numbers, almost nothing is being done to address the intensive program, service, or housing needs of these dependent and disabled young adults as they age out of the school system. Service providers are going out of business, waitlists are growing, housing options are nonexistent, and families are panicked. In Santa Clara County, for example, for every one RC client with autism in 1990, there are more than 21 today, in other words, a 2,100% increase.
Our conference is an info-packed, fast-paced event to inform Bay Area autism/DD community members of some existing options for adult–serving day programs, supported employment, and housing; to network parents with each other and with professionals; and to inspire the Bay Area autism/DD community toward action to expand and improve options for our rapidly growing population of young adults with autism and related developmental disorders,
We expect more than 50 speakers and 400 attendees.