AACHIEVE Self-Assessment for Participating Schools


Session Dates

Thursday February 28, 2019 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Friday March 29, 2019 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Wednesday May 01, 2019 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

This event is by invitation only. You must have a registration key in order to register.

This training will provide schools who are participating in the AACHIEVE self-assessment project with additional support to develop and implement their action plans. The topics are chosen to highlight key areas within the self-assessment, and to provide additional information, strategies, and resources to strengthen their support of students on the autism spectrum as they prepare for college and career.

Session 1: Systems Change: Identifying Skills for College and Career Readiness will explore the skills that students with autism need to develop during their high school years in order to successfully complete college and find employment. We will look to self-assessments, rating scales, and other transition resources to identify skills for assessment, instruction, and planning. The goal is for the participants to begin to review system level supports in the areas of Establishing and Maintaining Relationships, Social Problem Solving Skills, Self-Awareness and Self-Management.

Session 2: Check In with Jane: Next Steps After the Action Plan will provide the participating schools with an opportunity to work with AACHIEVE consultant, Jane Thierfeld Brown, on their self-assessment action plan in the areas of system planning, disability awareness/disclosure, student engagement with the IEP process, transition preparation, relationships with families and agencies. Dr. Brown will provide resources and strategies related to these areas of the self-assessment and will work with teams to identify next steps in their work.

Session 3: Tips and Tricks for Social Skills Instruction will overview curriculum, strategies and resources to support social skill development for adolescents and young adults with Autism to support their transition into post-school venues. The goal will be for participants to consider these tools in the context of their own LEA and student population needs.


  •  Identify current LEA practices in the area of college readiness.
  • Utilize the PA Career Ready Skills resource to identify current strengths and needs in these areas at the LEA level.
  • Identify one strategy or resource that aligns to the school’s self-assessment results.
  • Identify the instructional and planning priorities needed to prepare students with autism for college and employment. 
  • Identify social skills needed for post-school success and how to identify student skill gaps
  • Identify at least 2 resources to support social skills instruction

Target Audience

Teachers, Administrators, Speech language therapists, Families, and School guidance counselors

Topics Covered: Autism

Event Info

Event Type:


Credit Type:

Act 48 Clock Hour
No credit


Jane Thierfeld Brown, Tina Lawson, Kristen Starosta, Tammy Cooke, Hillary Mangis, Kathryn Poggi

Event Contact:


Yolanda McDermott