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A Full Life with Autism: Creating a Life Worth Living


The transition out of school district services to adulthood is a challenge for both young adults and their parents. Based on Chantal and Jeremy Sicile-Kira’s book A Full Life with Autism, as well as current experiences, this presentation gives tips on how parents and educators can best prepare their loved one or student for this important life change. Topics discussed include: some of the life skills students need to learn while still in the school system before entering ‘adult services’; how parents can best prepare themselves for this major life change; how to assist the young person in creating a self-determined life based on their abilities, goals and interests; and how to create the important circle of supports to help the person reach his or her goals of a happy and productive life in the real world after the school bus stops coming.

About the Presenter(s)

Chantal Sicile-Kira

Chantal Sicile-Kira

Chantal Sicile-Kira’s passion for empowering others has led her to become an award-winning author of six books, speaker, advocate and leader in the field of autism, adolescence, and transition to adulthood. Chantal’s books include A Full Life with Autism (co-authored with Jeremy Sicile-Kira), Autism Spectrum Disorder (Revised 2014), and Autism Life Skills. Her first experience with autism was teaching functional living skills to young adults at a CA state hospital in preparation for deinstitutionalization. This experience proved to be invaluable when her son, Jeremy was diagnosed many years later. Chantal has served on various non-profit and advisory boards, as well as on the California Senate Select Committee on Autism and Related Disorders, and was appointed to serve as Co-Chair, South Counties Autism Regional Taskforce. Chantal’s most recent accomplishments include helping Jeremy move out of the family home and start his own career as an artist. Visit and