Become financially literate–social group

We are planning a 6 week series on Financial Literacy. It’ll be held in Mason, Michigan, right downtown at Bestsellers across from the courthouse. Friday evenings. Stay tuned for dates and times. Series is for youth and young adults with disabilities. We’ll welcome boys and young men for this series.

Stop a second. Think. Is there someone you know who might want to know about our social groups? Send them our way. edentransition.org

Your chance to learn about banking, paychecks, and credit cards. Don’t miss it.


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


Increasing Emotional Resilience in Young Adults who have Autism

Have you heard of Dialectical Behavior Therapy? It’s a set of practical strategies for resolving some of the emotional distress associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders. A group will be starting at MSU in the new year for young adults with autism to learn DBT strategies. The name of the DBT program is Emotion Regulation. See details below. We’ve also attached a flyer for you to share.
Emotion Regulation is about understanding and reducing vulnerability to emotions, changing unwanted emotions, and increasing emotional resilience.
We are looking for:
College students with ASD
Young Adults (18 -26 yrs) Diagnosed with  ASD
Understand my emotions
Decrease emotional suffering
Change unwanted emotions C
Tips for emotional coping strategies
90 minute program
8 week group intervention
Where? Michigan State University Campus
For more information, please contact: Gloria Lee Ph.D., CRC  (517) 432-3623   leekalai@msu.edu OR Heekyung Lee M.A.  (734) 623-960   leeheek1@msu.edu
Download a flyer about the program and share with friends and colleagues.

ER intervention flyer


A Fun and Safe Social Group for Young Women-December 6-last meeting for 2019

Friday, December 6 will be our last meeting in 2019. We’ve been talking about community. What does it mean? What is my community, versus the community of school or my town? At our last meeting for the year, we’ll wrap up this 6 week series with a little celebration of our group community at our usual location, Bestsellers Books and Cafe in Mason, from 6 to 8 PM. This group is for girls 16 and up, those who have disabilities or other issues, and who want to make new friends in a safe and fun group.

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Girls’ Social Group: December 6, sharing traditions and planning for the future

Friday, December 6 will be our last meeting in 2019. We’ve been talking about community. What does it mean? What is my community, versus the community of school or my town?


What have we been talking about over the last 6 weeks?

  • Places we think visitors to Lansing would enjoy: Everything at MSU, Impression 5 museum, Noodles and Company, Silver Bells in the City, and more
  • Places we only go to if we have to: hospital, shopping, school, Secretary of State
  • The sensory experiences of living in a city like Lansing: are the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and touches of Lansing?
  • What do you do if there’s an emergency? What does an emergency sound and look and smell like?
  • At our most recent meeting on November 15, we talked about churches, mosques, synagogues, and temples. These community institutions provide supports and services of all kinds!

On December 6, we’ll share a snack and talk about holiday traditions we have and traditions in our communities. Girls ages 16 and up are welcome. Join us at Bestsellers Books and Cafe in the town square of Mason. The trees are all lit up and it’ll be a festive meeting!

December 6 will be our last meeting for the year of 2019.

In 2020, we’ll have a six-week session starting end of February or beginning of March. Keep watching this site to find out when.