On Sunday, April 29, in Iselin, New Jersey, The Y.A.L.E. School will continue its long-standing commitment to supporting the Asperger Syndrome Support Network of New Jersey (ASPENNJ) and its mission at the Spring ASPEN Conference. This year marks the 15th year of ASPENNJ’s advocacy, education, and support of people with Asperger’s syndrome and their families.
“Y.A.L.E. is proud to continue our support of ASPENNJ and the good work they do,” said Dr. Mieke Goossens, psychologist at The Y.A.L.E. School’s Medford and Mansfield Township campuses. “Since nearly the beginning of ASPEN’s existence, The Y.A.L.E. School has been at ASPEN conferences—as attendees, vendors, and invited speakers—and one year as keynote speaker!”
The Spring 2012 ASPEN Conference features noteworthy guests including keynote speaker Stephen Shore, Ph.D., and a friend of The Y.A.L.E. School John Elder Robison, best-selling author of Look Me in the Eye and Be Different. A comprehensive list of conference programming is available at the ASPEN website along with registration information.
At the conference, look for The Y.A.L.E. School display in the vendor’s hall, where Margaret Chapman, Karen Huber, and Dr. Mieke Goossens will provide information and answer questions about Y.A.L.E.’s specialized educational programs for students with Asperger’s, the innovative “school-within-a-school” campus options, and transition planning and support available through the Standard 9 Transition concentration.
They will also provide information and answer questions about The Y.A.L.E. School’s new “Take Five!” service for young adults registered with the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities. “Take Five!” is an evening program offering social skills instruction integrated within interest-based activities, including community arts programs, digital media arts, and the fine and performing arts.
“We look forward to speaking with self-advocates, their families and friends, as well as with other professionals in the autism education and support community,” said Dr. Goossens.