Building a Stronger Bay Area Autism Community
SFASA Calls For Statewide Autism Reporting Program
SFASA has written to the California Department of Public Health seeking the initiation of a statewide autism reporting program.
Autism rates in the state continue to skyrocket, yet the state lacks any meaningful way to report on these critical trends to the public or policymakers.
Read our letter here.
The conference took place November 16, 2019 at Li Ka Shing Center, Stanford University. It aimed at the pragmatic informational needs of parents, caregivers and professionals who have the responsibility to support and help make plans for teens and adults with autism or related developmental disabilities, and featured more than 50 speakers, 450+ attendees, information tables and sponsor tables.
Please see our conference archives.
Online and in-person groups.
Bay Area Autism Nonprofit Guide
We list dozens of nonprofits serving the Bay Area autism community.
Autism Adulthood Checklist
Our popular all-in-one-place guide to the myriad legal, financial, and planning steps parents need to consider as their autistic/DD children age into adulthood.
Spanish version, En Español here
Vietnamese version here
Tagalog version, Sa Tagalog here
Sensory Friendly Films
Spring Webinar Series
All webinars are free and will be recorded. All webinars feature interactive Q&A following the presentations.
ARCHIVED Thursday, January 30, 11am-noon
Amy Westling, Executive Director, ARCA, the Association of Regional Center Agencies
Regional Centers, State Policy, and Autism: an Update
While it seems that Sacramento is faraway, important decisions are made there that impact the real world for people with autism and their families. This training will cover the current status of California state policy and Budget issues as they relate to regional centers and the people they serve.
Watch the video:
ARCHIVED Thursday, February 6, 11am-noon
Steve Keisman, Senior Vice President, Identifor
The World’s 1st Game-Based, Career Assessment Tool Designed for Young Adults with ASD…and It’s Free!
For parents, students, therapists and teachers— improve the transition to employment process with the individualized information uncovered in the free online platform Identifor.com. In a lively presentation, hear about neurodiverse employment and ways to prepare your child successfully for life once the school bus stops coming from a father and 40-year veteran in the area of special needs, who is helping to move the needle in employment for people with ASD and other cognitive disabilities. Steve has presented at two SFASA conferences about Identifor and Abby, its artificial intelligence avatar that helps youth with ASD navigate their day.
Watch the video:
Thursday, February 27, 11am-noon
Mark Gilfix, attorney, Gilfix & LaPoll
Multigenerational Special Needs Planning
Integrated, multigenerational planning will help you provide for a vibrant legal and financial future for your loved one with autism. The webinar will cover core concepts to help you navigate the complex legal, financial, and long-term care issues as you work to optimize your special needs plan, including questions such as: Who will take care of my child financially? Legally? Where will he live? Who will pay for her therapy? How can I be sure the money will last?
Thursday, March 26, 11am-noon
Brad Boardman, Executive Director, Morgan Autism Center
Autism Training for Police and First Responders
Brad Boardman has trained thousands of public safety officers about autism. In this webinar he will share what families can do to help train and inform their local police departments about autism in their own communities.
Thursday, April 24, 11am-noon
From our blog
Where, oh where, were all the autistic children? By Sue Swezey
Three Strikes... and He's Out? What happens when the regular world has had enough of my son's autism. By Feda Almaliti
Summer 2018 Legislative Update. By Connie Boyar
Why you should pursue genetic testing for your autistic child. By Jill Escher and Denise Haas