Spectrum360, (formerly The Children's Institute) presents a free seminar open to the community, presented by Adrienne Robertiello, Autism Educator at Children’s Specialized Hospital.

As part of its annual free Spectrum of Options Seminar Series, Spectrum360 will present “21st Century Safety for Children and Adults on the Spectrum: Issues and Strategies” on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM. The seminar will be held at Academy360 Lower School, 1 Sunset Ave. Verona, NJ.

Characteristics of autism such as communication deficits, unpredictable and challenging behaviors, and tendency to wander make individuals on the autism spectrum especially susceptible to injury and personal safety risks. It is essential for families and caregivers to recognize critical safety issues in the home and community and to manage those risks. This multimedia workshop will highlight important topics including water safety, elopement, and wandering, fire safety, poison control; abuse, neglect, and bullying; travel and transportation safety issues, emergency preparedness, and more. Prevention strategies and interventions to teach safety skills will be addressed as part of the presentation. Practical safety resources will also be provided to attendees.

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The seminar will be presented by Adrienne Robertiello, a strong advocate for building community awareness and inclusion of people living with autism spectrum disorder. Ms. Robertiello, an Autism Educator at Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside, NJ, works to educate and provide practical strategies to enhance function and quality of life, increase safety, and improve the effectiveness of community services for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has developed and implemented several community education initiatives including Autism and Safety – It’s Unpredictable, Healthier Me, The Community Hub, and Real Life Tips for Kids with Autism. As part of these and other programs, Ms. Robertiello collaborates with community officials, health professionals, emergency response teams, law enforcement, educators and administrators, businesses, faith-based communities, and other community service providers, agencies, and organizations. She is also a parent of a child diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

While the Spectrum of Options Seminar Series is free and open to the community, all those planning to attend must register by Friday, 1/13/17. Space is limited, so plan register soon. Interested parties may register online (http://january18.spectrum360.org) by email (abeauchamp@spectrum360.org), or by calling 973.509.3050 x401. This seminar is appropriate for parents and professionals. General CEU certificates for NJ educators are available upon request.

This seminar is part of an annual series presented throughout the year. The last seminar this year on 3/21/17 will be Loss and Grief in the Lives of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities” presented by Margaret Gilbride JD, CT, Instructor of Pediatrics, is Director of Transition, Employment, and Aging & Disability at The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities. Visit Spectrum360.org for more information.

About Spectrum360 (formerly The Children’s Institute)

For more than 50 years, Spectrum360 has been a pioneer in serving individuals with special learning needs. Today, Spectrum360 serves children, adolescents, young adults and adults on the autism spectrum and with behavioral and related disabilities. Spectrum360’s mission is to provide the highest quality educational and therapeutic programs for individuals with learning, language and social/emotional challenges to achieve their maximum potential as responsible adults in society; to recognize and value individuals’ unique abilities, learning styles and differences and to serve as a leader in promoting innovative educational programs. Spectrum360, a not-for-profit organization, includes Academy360 Lower School and Academy360 Upper School, approved by the New Jersey State Board of Education, serving children from ages 3-21, Independence360, a program for adults with ASD over 21, approved by the NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities and the NJ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, FilmAcademy360, and CulinaryAcademy360. Learn more at Spectrum360.org.