Living on Your Own and Schedule Management–PACER workshops streaming live

Living on Your Own Series : Part3: Taking Care of Meal Planning – Technology for Grocery Shopping, Cooking, and More

Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
This third workshop in the ‘Living on Your Own’ 3-part series will demonstrate apps and devices for meal planning, making a grocery list, and following cooking instructions to help adults with disabilities live more independently. The other workshops in this series will take place on 11/13 and 1/15.
Live:Web Streaming Availible

Executive Function Series : Part 1: Planning Phase – Schedule & Task Management

Date: Thursday, January 23, 2020
Time: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Learn about a variety of tools and strategies for managing schedules and tasks using calendars and task lists. Presented strategies and tools may be appropriate for middle to high school, college students and beyond who are able to use mainstream calendars and task lists. The first hour will be a fast-paced presentation on strategies and demonstrations of a variety of tools on various platforms such as Chrome, Web-based, iPads, Android, etc. The last half hour will include an in-depth demonstration on Google Calendar, Google Tasks, and Trello. Participants who attend in person will have the opportunity to try out many of the presented tools on Pacer’s provided technology. Livestream participants are welcome to follow along on their own technology. Students are encouraged to attend.
Live:Web Streaming Availible

Survey–Tell these researchers about your experience in the transition years as a parent or as a young adult

The “National Survey” was developed through a collaboration between the Pathways Research and Training Center at Portland State University and FREDLA, the Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association.

The information you provide will help youth- and family-run organizations, policy makers and service planners better understand and respond to the needs and preferences of young adults with behavioral health needs and their families.


We are seeking survey participants who are:

  1. Family members/other allies (family member, parent or friend) who provided support to young adults with behavioral health challenges during their transition years; OR
  2. Young adults who are currently at least 18 years old  who experienced behavioral health challenges during their transition years and receive or have received support from a family member or other ally.

To access the family member/adult ally survey, click here.

To access the young adult survey, click here.

This survey is voluntary and confidential and will take about 25 minutes to complete. Thank you for sharing your time and expertise to promote solutions for young adults with behavioral health needs and their families.


We need your help to make sure family members, allies and young adults know about this national survey and have the opportunity to participate. The information being gathered will be invaluable to understanding how family members and allies support young adults during the transition years and how services, systems and providers can best support young adults with behavioral health needs and their families.

To help, you can download a copy of the recruitment flyer below to share with family members, allies and young adults or you can share a link to this page in your newsletters, publications or communications to your networks.

Recruitment Flyer


Participate in a Parent Survey

We are sharing this to help the researcher learn more that might help students with ASD. Lydia

Looking for Parents of Postsecondary Students with Autism to Participate in a Paid Research Study

As a parent and student, I am reaching out to you as a fellow parent to help me with a research study I am working on at the University of Illinois at Chicago in order to complete my PhD in Special Education.  I am trying to learn how parents of current or former college students who have a formal diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD, including Asperger Syndrome, Autism, PDD-NOS) help or have helped their students with ASD while in college or university in the United States.  To do this, I have created a survey and questionnaire that take about 15-25 minutes of time which you will confidentially complete at Qualtrics.com, a secure site provided by University of Illinois at Chicago. You will receive a $20 Starbucks gift card for your time after you complete the online study.  If you are interested please click www.collegestudentparentsstudy.com in order to learn if you qualify for participating in the study.

Please share or email this information with a parent of a college/university student with ASD who may be interested in participating.

Cheryl J. Widman PhD Candidate – Special Education University of Illinois at Chicago