Date & Time: April 27, 2022 10:00am – 1:00pm
Location: Virtual

The time of transition (usually age 18-21 but can happen later) finds parents and individuals overwhelmed with too much information and support biases that prevent families from maximizing outcomes for their disabled loved one.


Further, they struggle to prioritize what skills to work on, what agencies/programs to seek out and how to get the best possible outcomes. This presentation will help families, school and private practice providers in understanding the differences between “transition skills” and “adult skills”. They will learn that the process can be smoother and more effective by utilizing every possible opportunity. Lastly, they will understand that many post-secondary programs provide more support than imagined. This event would be valuable for those serving or living with autism (early or late diagnosis), learning disabilities, ADHD, and anxiety.

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Learning Objectives

By the end of the workshop, Participants will be able to:

  1. Learn new ways to frame transition so that the demands for autonomy are reduced while supports are maximized.
  2. Know what agencies and programs can aid with the transition approach
  3. Learn some simple, easy tips to reduce demands while maximizing success.

Tuition Rates

  • $80 Regular
  • $60 Alumni, FI, Adjunct
  • $35 VET

*AUSSW Students free with promo code

Faculty Bio

Dena L. Gassner

Dena L. Gassner is a PhD candidate at Adelphi University and an adjunct professor at Towson University. Her private practice work and dissertation focuses on creating a more accessible experience for disabled persons with the Social Security Administration. She is an inaugural member to the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) Autistic Researcher Committee and is currently the co-chair of this committee providing insights and support to the INSAR Board of Directors, overseeing RFPs for grants and engaging in autism research both nationally and internationally. After being awarded the Cathy Pratt Professional of the Year Award from Autism Society of America, she was appointed to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) advising the White House on autism research priorities. Her international advocacy has included multiple published articles, book chapters and presentations around the world including the Amazon best seller, Autism Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism.

Adelphi University School of Social Work is an approved provider for continuing education credits for the following:

  • NYSED Social Workers
  • CASAC Renewal
  • APA Psychology, pending NYSED Psychology

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at the entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.

See full credentialing information and CEUs

Cancellation Policy

Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds for cancellations made seven working days or fewer before the event for any reason—or for no-shows. We can provide credit towards a future workshop up to 24 hours before the event. After that, no credit will be issued.

Accessibility Statement

The Student Access Office ensures equal access to all of Adelphi University’s programs, services and facilities for students with documented needs. Through assistance, advocacy and reasonable accommodations, the office provides an accessible and supportive campus environment.

The Student Access Office provides cost-free assistance and services that are tailored to meet the needs of individuals based on their specific, appropriately documented needs, while preserving Adelphi’s academic integrity and high standards of academic expectations and performance.

If you are a student with a documented disability and wish to request accommodation services, please submit a Petition for Reasonable Accommodations form along with the required information as detailed in the Guidelines for Documentation.

Please be aware that all decisions regarding accommodations and equal access are made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and prevailing University Policy.

For further information, please contact the Student Access Office at 516.877.3806 or

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