Conference will educate parents on how to help students with autism navigate transitions in life

MAYFIELD, N.Y. – Transitions, a premier program designed to advance college and career success for young adults with autism spectrum disorders and other learning differences, announced today its educational conference “The Road from Student to Adulthood.” The hybrid conference will be held in person and virtually on Thursday, December 9, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Transitions Albany Campus, located at 5 Washington Square, Albany, New York, 12205.

The series of presentations will focus on how to help young adults with autism and learning disabilities reach their full potential. Speakers will give parents tools to inspire their young adults to take on college, meaningful careers and independent life.

The conference will kick off with a presentation from New York State-Licensed Psychologist Dr. Gina Cosgrove, who specializes in training educators and families on meeting the educational and social needs of people with autism.

Additionally, Priya Winston, LMSW, curriculum and clinical advisor for Transitions, will be presenting. Having been diagnosed with Turner syndrome and nonverbal learning differences as a teenager, Priya is uniquely equipped to provide students firsthand counseling on succeeding at college and in the workplace.

Participants will also hear from Coty Rulison, a Transitions graduate and successful young professional. Coty earned his degree from Fulton-Montgomery Community College, lives independently, has a driver’s license and works full time.

Transitions staff will be on hand to answer questions about the program, arrange tours and provide information to parents.

“Figuring out the next steps after high school can be challenging for students with autism and learning disabilities and their families,” said Penny Rivenburg, senior director, Transitions. “Transitions is here for them at every step of that journey to college, careers and leading a fulfilling life. We encourage parents to attend this conference in person or virtually to learn firsthand how we can help.”

Transitions’ main campus, located in Mayfield, New York, was founded in 2015. And, the program opened its second location in Albany in September of this year.

The Downtown Albany campus allows students to access local colleges and universities while benefiting from the support offered under the Transitions model. The new campus hosts year-round programs and can accommodate both residential and day students.

The conference is free to attend and pre-registration is required. Those interested can sign up here or call 518-775-5384. Masks are required.

About Transitions: Transitions is a program of The Arc Lexington that prepares teens and young adults with autism and learning differences for college, careers and life. This demographic often needs extra preparation before living independently and achieving success in higher education and careers. Transitions developed a curriculum crafted from evidence-based programs and grounded in internationally recognized approaches to set students on the path toward success. The Transitions curriculum and learning environments are specially tailored to give all students equal opportunities to learn and thrive. To learn more, visit or call 518-775-5384, or email


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