Annual Resource Fair 2018-10-16T07:39:11-04:00


Join Us for The Autism Community’s Premiere Resource Event!


Saturday, October 27, 2018

Exhibit Hall Hours: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

The Dome at the Oakdale Theater Complex

95 South Turnpike Road, Wallingford, CT 06492


This event has historically drawn hundreds of attendees. Over 120 autism vendors attend to share their resources to the CT autism community.

This event brings parents/caregivers, extended family, educators, school support staff and special service providers, professional intervention/service providers, and members of the general public.

Doors will be open from 9:00am through 3:30pm, with concurrent workshops held throughout the day. Registration is requested for workshops; event parking and attendance is free.

Exhibitor area has concessions available for exhibitor and attendee refreshments.


SESSION 1: 9:30AM TO 11:00AM


1A:  Applied Behavioral Counseling – Xfinity Room
Title: Verbal Behavior: An Analysis of Language
Presenter: Danielle Micera, BCBA, LBA, MPS

This presentation is geared towards parents and professionals interested in teaching communication.  In this workshop, you will be taught specific procedures for teaching requests, labels, receptive language, and initial conversational skills.


1B:  YALE Child Study CenterHartford Healthcare Hospitality Room
Title: Helping People with ASD Develop Practical Skills Across the Lifespan
Presenters: Elzbieta Jarzabek, PsyD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Clinical Instructor at the Yale Developmental Disabilities Clinic and the Autism Biomarkers Consortium for Clinical Trials, and Christine Cukar-Capizzi, PsyD, BCBA, Postdoctoral Associate at the Yale Child Study Center


This is a 2 part workshop: the first presentation will focus on practical, daily living skills in individuals with autism. Research findings regarding the importance of practical skills and their impact on daily functioning of individuals with autism will be discussed. Finally, strategies for teaching and enhancing practical skills will be offered.

The second part is presented by Karim Ibrahim, Psy.D, Postdoctoral fellow at the Yale Child Study Center and will provide parenting strategies for managing challenging behaviors related to anxiety in ASD. Anxiety is a common and impairing problem in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). There is increasing evidence that anxiety can be accurately diagnosed and dissociated from the core ASD symptoms. Regarding treatment of anxiety, most research has been conducted in the area of behavioral and cognitive-behavioral (CBT) interventions for anxiety in verbally fluent children ASD. The principles and practice of these interventions in clinical settings will be discussed as well as new research studies on CBT for anxiety in children with ASD. Parenting strategies for managing challenging behaviors related to anxiety in ASD will also be discussed with the attendees of this presentation.


  SESSION 2:  11:15AM TO 12:45PM

2A:  Gengras Center School – Xfinity Room
Title: Fostering Independence for Life after Graduation… It starts early!
Presenter: TBA


This interactive symposium will highlight skills that are essential for independence as students move through their school based education and prepare for post graduate life. Some specific skills discussed will include Independent Problem solving, Self-monitoring, and using current technology to foster independence. The widespread application of these skills, along with practical suggestions and examples for how to build these repertoires will be discussed.


2B: Kearns & Kearns – Hartford Healthcare Hospitality Room
Title: Special Needs Planning and ABLE Act
Presenter: Jay Kearns

The nuts and bolts of Special Needs Trusts and how to utilize an ABLE Account to plan for your child’s financial future.



SESSION 3:  1:15PM – 2:45PM

3A: PLAN of CT- A local non-profit helping today and tomorrow- Xfinity Room
      Title: How To Apply to a Charitable Trust and Personal Care Trust Service
      Presenter: Stuart Hawkins


Please join PLAN of CT for an interactive presentation on how to apply to the charitable trust to help relieve the financial burdens of today and how to utilize our Personal Care Plan and trust services, which will provide peace of mind for the future. 



3B:   PLANNING ACROSS THE SPECTRUM – Hartford Healthcare Hospitality Room
         Title: Modern Money Skills for Adults on the Spectrum
Presenter: Andrew Komarow,CFP® and Chartered Special Needs Consultant®, Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy®

Based on his own experience dealing with autism, Andrew Komarow’s workshop focuses on providing the foundation for independent money skills for autistic youth.  From helpful planning vehicles such as ABLE accounts to issues of conservatorship and building a financial counseling network, this workshop helps parents pinpoint the strengths of their child and allow them to become their own financial advocates into adulthood. Not just through the financial tools available, but using the individuals strengths.


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