Transition Series 2012-2103 | Bremerton, WA

Free Trainings to help families, educators and students prepare for life after graduation.

*Clock Hours Available!


February 28th, 6-8pm | Understanding DDD, DVR and Kitsap County Services
March 28th, 6-8pm | Guardianship: Basic Information and Options
April 25th, 6-8pm | The Value of Employment
May 23rd, 6-8pm | Understanding Social Security Benefits and Employment
June 6th, 6-8pm | Building a Whole Life Following Graduation

Sponsored by: WISE, KC Community Services, and OESD 114
Questions: Kirsten Murray 360-337-4622
Location: Olympic ESD 114, 105 National Ave. N, Bremerton 98312

See PDF: Family Training Flyer Kitsap 2012-2013


Autistic teens thrive with chance to shine

Futurity – August 2, 2012
Posted by Andrea Estrada-UCSB

Autistic adolescents are able to make friends when given a chance to play up their strengths—like high intelligence and very specific interests, say researchers.The junior high and high school years are emotionally challenging even under the best of circumstances, but for adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), that time can be particularly painful. Lacking the social skills that enable them to interact successfully with their peers, these students are often ostracized and even bullied by their classmates.

The new study conducted by researchers at the Koegel Autism Center at University of California, Santa Barbara also shows that the area of the brain that controls such social behavior is not as damaged in adolescents with ASD as was previously believed.

The findings appear in a recent issue of the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions.

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Coming Of Age With Autism

About one in 120 children in the Washington state public school system have an autism spectrum disorder. That’s a 430 percent increase from a decade ago. In the next decade many of those teenagers with autism will become adults. But what they will do as adults is anyone’s guess. Autism is often associated with children, but it’s a lifelong condition.

In Coming Of Age With Autism, we meet young people taking their first steps toward independence, and the family members and professionals who support them.


Preparing for the World of Work

From OAR E-News | subscribe
The OARacle | October 2012

How to

By Aaron Greene and Beth Thompson

15 Tips from a Teen with Autism
Preparing for the World of Work

Aaron Greene is a senior at Beachwood High School in Beachwood, Ohio. He is active in the marching band and enjoys playing music in his free time. Aaron participates in many community activities and enjoys spending time in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, where he hopes to live as an adult. He aspires to work in the music industry field after graduation from high school.

Beth Thomson | Teen/adult service coordinator

Beth Thompson, teen/adult service coordinator at Milestones, worked with Greene.

Beth Thompson, MSSA, is the teen/adult services coordinator for Milestones Autism Organization and principal staff for The Roadmap to Adulthood Project. Thompson serves on the Regional Transition Advisory Committee for State Support Team Region 3 where she participates in countywide event planning for students with disabilities graduating from high school. She is certified as a customized employment specialist.

Aaron Greene has always been a good student, but it took learning different skills to prepare him to become a good worker. In the summer of 2011, Greene got his first chance to practice the vocational skills he had learned in a community-based internship with Milestones Autism Organization, located just outside of Cleveland, Ohio. As an intern at Milestones, Greene worked with Teen/Adult Services Coordinator Beth Thompson.

Greene credits his family, teachers, and friends for helping him prepare for his first internship and begin his path towards a productive vocational future. He in turn, wants to pass on the most important things he learned about being a successful intern to other young people on the autism spectrum. Continue Reading →

Resources for Transition to Adult Services Oregon

Sharing resources for families and people with disabilities for transition to adult services and adult supports.

A blog covering resources and events in Portland, Oregon and beyond.


Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH was developed at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, a research environment that fosters visionary thinking and innovation in 1996.

Since its inception, Project SEARCH has grown from a single program site at Cincinnati Children’s to over 200 sites across the United States and Canada, England, Scotland, and Australia. Project SEARCH’s primary objective is to secure competitive employment for people with disabilities


CARE Clinic | Univ of Washington

NOTE: The Care Clinic was CLOSED on June 28, 2013

The UW CARE Clinic provides comprehensive and direct services for individuals living with neuro-developmental differences. UW CARE Clinic not only helps to address adult transition and community integration challenges, but stands together with families and individuals in achieving success in school, at home, in the workplace, and in society.

Phone:   (206) 897-1603

Young Life Eastside Capernaum and Bridge Ministries | Bellevue, WA

Fellowship meetings for young adults which include separate parent/caregiver meetings.

Where: Westminster Chapel
136446 NE 24th Street
Bellevue, WA

Phone: Rachel at (206) 325-8477

Young Adult Group – Bellevue, WA

Cynthia Johnson, MA, who founded the Venture Program for unique learners on the spectrum at Bellevue College, leads group focusing on relationship and daily living skills, educational, and vocational preparation.

Contact Cynthia for more information at:

Phone: (425) 417 7984.
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Puget Sound Psychology Social Skills Groups for Teens and Adults

“Be Social” social skills groups for teens and adults with ADHD, Asperger’s, HFA, Nonverbal Learning Disability and related conditions.

When: Monday and Wednesday evenings
Who: Patrick Gray MEd | Crystal Gray PhD
Where: Puget Sound Psychology and Consulting
5105 200th Street SW Suite 100
Lynnwood, WA

Phone: (425) 314-7618 or (206) 883-6175