Empowering Autistics to Make Proactive Plans for Fulfilling Lives

In this workshop in Austin, you’ll learn how Charting the LifeCourse helps individuals with ASD work with their families to establish strategic plans for lives well led. As a proactive framework, Charting the LifeCourse can help people track their trajectory toward personal goals, including employment ambitions, housing needs, community engagement, and access to services and support.

Co-presented by Autism Friendly Austin, the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM), and Hormel Historic Home, this workshop for is for parents, caregivers, support professionals, employers, and individuals with autism.

The AuSM shop and bookstore will be present at this workshop.

Date and time:
Thursday June 9th, 2022
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Hormel Historic Home
208 4th Ave. N.W., Austin, MN 55912

General registration: $45 (lunch included)
Person with ASD: $25

Resource table: $75 (includes one admission and lunch)
$25 per additional person
Resource sponsors will have direct, face-to-face contact with workshop attendees.
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All people have the basic right to live, love, work, play, and pursue their dreams in their community. Charting the LifeCourse is a tool for helping people organize hopes and expectations toward achieving their best life. Beyond health and safety, Charting the LifeCourse helps people consider what comprises a good life, putting them on a purposeful path toward earned gratification.

This workshop aims to help people articulate the proactive outcomes they seek throughout their lifespan – and plan accordingly even for later years, because everyone should have a plan for retirement. Individuals intentionally determine their priorities and their needs, establishing a vision of what they want in their life – and what they don’t want.

The values-driven approach of Charting the LifeCourse can be applied broadly, beyond people with ASD. The framework and systematic principles have been proven to work in business and organizational settings. More information about Charting the LifeCourse: http://www.lifecoursetools.com/

Michael John Carley (he/him)
Michael John Carley is an author, school and business consultant, and former Executive Director in the autism, neurodiversity, mental health, disability, and DEI worlds. He received his B.A. from Hampshire College and his M.F.A. from Columbia University.

Michelle Morehouse (she/her)
Career Navigator| Pathways to Prosperity | Workforce Development, Inc.
Michelle Morehouse is a lifelong resident of Austin that is passionate about her community and connecting exceptional individuals to career paths that align with their strengths, and interests. Michelle has a background in Special Education through the K-12 public education system, with leadership excellence in work-based learning.

Eric Ringgenberg (he/him)
Eric Ringgenberg is the Education Program Director for the Autism Society of Minnesota. He has a Bachelor of Science in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities and a Master of Arts in Special Education – Autism Spectrum Disorders, from the University of St. Thomas.

Workshop Schedule:
9:00 a.m. – Introduction

9:30 a.m. – Charting the Life Course: Part 1

Establishing a strategic plan toward personal goals for a fulfilling life, with purposeful awareness toward well-realized outcomes.

10:15 a.m. – Morning Break

10:30 a.m. – Charting the Life Course: Part 2

Setting goals for employment, housing, along with the services and support needed to achieve positive outcomes.

11:30 a.m. – Local Resources and Updates

Workforce Development, Inc. (WDI) is a private, nonprofit agency that serves job seekers and employers throughout Southeast Minnesota. This presentation will provide an overview of the services available, including MaxAbility, to connect people with the resources they need to find and gain meaningful employment.

12:00 p.m. – Lunch

1:00 p.m. – Michael John Carley: Keynote Part 1

We’ll discuss realistic employment strategies and supports for adults with invisible disabilities and provide examples of accommodations and management strategies, along with a discussion on the personal and professional choice of disclosing an ASD diagnosis in the workplace.

2:20 pm: Afternoon Break

2:35 pm- Michael John Carley: Keynote Part 2

We’ll further discuss how people become effective self-advocates throughout the evolving stages of life, and life domains. Topics will include healthy autism parenting that encourages autistics to pursue interests while building independence skills and engaging in healthy social relationships.

Workshop Partners

Autism Friendly Austin
The Autism Friendly Austin (AFA) Project, sponsored by the Hormel Historic Home, began as a way to encourage current autism service providers, retailers and businesses to work together to better serve the autism community. Our vision is to make our community and the surrounding area autism friendly, sensory sensitive and family welcoming. Our mission is to promote understanding of and provide supports for inclusion and acceptance for autism and special needs through engaging, training and educating our entire community. www.hormelhistorichome.org/autism-friendly-austin.html

Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM)
AuSM is a place where everyone can learn, access services, and develop skills for navigating what can be challenging emotions and complex information. Services include membership, workshops, the Minnesota autism conference, AuSM Skillshops, the Life with Autism Series for newly diagnosed and specific life stages, specially tailored summer camps for youth and adults with autism, interest-based social skills classes with community partners, Counseling and Consulting Services, support groups, Autism Direct Support Certification training, sensory-friendly events, advocacy, Information and Resources, and customized autism training.

Hormel Historic Home
Built in 1871, the Hormel Historic Home strives to preserve the Home and History of the George A. and Lillian Hormel Family. Our mission is to maintain the home and to honor the family legacy of Hospitality; Music/Arts; Education/Autism; and service to the community. www.hormelhistorichome.org