Major Autism Seminar Set For Boca

BOCA RATON, FL ( — A Boca-based Autism foundation is preparing for a major seminar — and everyone is invited.

According to Autism After 21:

The seminar is set for Friday, April 19, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Florida Atlantic University’s Marleen and Harold Forkus Alumni Center at 777 Glades Road, Building FA 94.  The seminar will address the issues affecting adolescents and adults with autism and begin to answer the question, “What’s next?” for

Peter Gerhardt, Director of Education at New York City's McCarton School and an expert on Autism.

Peter Gerhardt, Director of Education at New York City’s McCarton School and an expert on Autism.

people with autism, after they age out of the public school system in Florida.

 “At age 22, public school programs for students with Autism come to an end.  Families are often at a loss as to how to help their Autistic family member after they turn 21.  This valuable program will help both families and professionals learn about best practices,” Michelle Rubin, Founder of Autism After 21, said.

 Dr. Peter Gerhardt will be the morning’s speaker.  He is the Director of Education, Upper School, for the McCarton School in New York City and an expert on adolescents and adults with Autism.

Gerhardt has over 30 years of experience helping adolescents and adults with ASD in educational, employment, residential, and community based settings.  Dr. Gerhardt’s talk will be followed by a question and answer session.  Topics will be valuable to parents, students and professionals.  CEU’s are available for professionals in attendance.

For more information, contact Michelle Rubin at 561-213-5450 or 


About Autism After 21

 Autism After 21, a nonprofit 501(c) organization, was formed in 2011 to provide opportunities and services for autistic adults over the age of 21. Founder Michelle Rubin, whose son was diagnosed with autism at age 2, is the driving force behind the organization. She recognized that for many families of an individual with special needs it is difficult to find programs once their children turn 21, even though frequently an individual’s needs do not change simply because their age does.

Autism After 21 will help provide young adults with autism spectrum disorders the life skills training they will need to independently live full and functioning lives within our community.  This will be accomplished within a program that would promote physical and mental well-being through therapy, employment, education, housing and social opportunities.

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