Upcoming events focusing on transition age supports for young adults on the autism spectrum and with learning differences.

Thinking Positive Panel 2017: Chicago, IL

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Empowering presentations for young adults with Autism and LD, their parents, and the professionals who support them.

Thinking Positive About the Future panels offer insight into the key stages of transition and community integration for young adults with Autism and other Learning Differences.


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Featured Panel of Experts: 

Ellen DavidsonEllen Davidson, CIP Bloomington Program Director

Ellen Davidson has an extensive background in Early Childhood Education, Special Education Law, and Applied Behavior Analysis. She became passionate about helping individuals and their families after her son was diagnosed with Autism in 2000. Ellen feels every individual deserves the opportunity to reach their highest potential. 


Jill BursteinJill Burstein, Educational Consultant and Co-Owner of JJB Educational Consulting, Inc. 

Jill Burstein has helped students find appropriate post-secondary matches since 2000. With a specialty working with students with learning differences, Jill has successfully helped over 400 families find the best match for their student. Jill has a Master’s Degree in Special Education and traveled to over 400 colleges in the United States. She is a member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association as well as a Certified Educational Planner.


Jordan BursteinJordan Burstein, Educational Consultant and Co-Owner, JJB Educational Consulting, Inc

Jordan has a BA in Psychology and has worked as an Independent Educational Consultant for 3 years. He became interested in the field because of his own personal academic challenges as someone with learning disabilities and ADHD. Jordan continues to work with families to help find their students appropriate academic options. He also continues to work with students as an executive functioning coach. Jordan is a member of CHADD, LDA and IECA. 


Suzanne SchriarSuzanne Schriar, Director of Targeting Autism Project

Suzanne Schriar has been employed in the Technical Services Division with the Illinois State Library since 1987. Since 2005, Suzanne has been an Associate Director for Library Automation and Technology. Suzanne has a 22 year old son on the autism spectrum who has been enrolled at CIP Bloomington since 2014. The combination of her years at the State Library and her life as an autism mom inspired her to write a grant to help libraries play a more active role in serving the large and growing population of families impacted by autism.


Julie SmithJulie Smith, Transition Specialist at Glenbrook South High School

Julie Smith is a graduate of The University of Missouri-Columbia with Masters Degrees from The American College and National Louis University. She earned her Transition Specialist Certificate through George Washington University. Julie has been working in the field of Transition for 12 years and is passionate about connecting families to postsecondary opportunities for students with disabilities.

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