Francis Tabone, PhD, is head of The Cooke Center for Learning and Development. Cooke Center Schools serve children and young adults from kindergarten to the age of twenty-one with special needs. He has worked to develop programs and models of special education in the multiple schools that Cooke Center runs. Tabone has been both a teacher and administrator for the Department of Education in New York, NY, helping to develop innovative programming for special needs students. His work as a teacher, psychologist, and administrator has spanned nearly thirty years. Currently, Tabone serves as an adjunct professor of special education in several New York colleges and universities. He lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.
Working in special education for the last twenty years has made me realize how important these adaptive skills are to the independence and happiness of young people with ASD. This book is a much-needed resource for teachers and families, and can have a profound impact on the lives of young people with ASD if truly incorporated into their educational and transitional plans. --Mark Lauterbach, PhD, assistant professor for early childhood/art education; program head for special education at Brooklyn College--Mark Lauterbach, PhD The ASD Independence Workbook confronts the issues faced by young adults as they strive to be independent and assume their position in the community. Within each of the four content areas, the many tested and practical activities are presented in a rhythmic style that makes them easy to follow and understand. The book stands out because Tabone respects the competence of his readers and their desire to be a part of the majority culture without changing who they are. It will be a valuable resource in their quest to achieve a balanced and fulfilled life. --Carole R. Gothelf, EdD, director of individualized supports for AHRC New York City--Carole R. Gothelf, EdD Our school, The Gateway School of Mumbai, is in its first year of running its high school adaptive program and we have been working hard to figure out the best way to prepare our students for this transition to life, as young adults beyond school. ... There is a lot of material on independent skills and transition programs out there, but the two things that made Francis's book invaluable to us were a) the organization of ideas into four essential themes, each with a concise but purposeful list of goals and activities, and b) the structured and explicit breakdown of the activities provided us novice teachers with the much-needed scaffolding that we were looking for as we implemented the program for the first time. Thank you, Francis, for compiling the knowledge accumulated through years of experience and study in this area, it has been an immense support to us! --Radhika Zahedi, MA, co-principal, The Gateway School of Mumbai--Radhika Zahedi, MA The ASD Independence Workbook is an excellent resource for educators and young adults alike. This carefully sequenced text outlines key topics related to independent living, social communication, and community integration. Complete with activities, checklists, and discussion points, this book is a wonderful addition to any special educator's toolkit or to individuals who may be interested in developing their own skill set! --Mary Clancy, MSEd, division head at Cooke School and Institute, a school that serves students with moderate to severe disabilities in New York City, NY--Mary Clancy, MSEd This clear, complete, and practical skill-building guide will take young people all the way down the road to a successful transition to adult life. And it's a resource for family members, school staff, clinicians, and anyone who wants to help young people lead productive and satisfying lives. Don't think about transition without it. --Fredda Rosen, executive director of Job Path, a New York City, NY-based not-for-profit that helps people with autism and other developmental disabilities find jobs, live in their own homes, and become part of community life--Fredda Rosen Tabone expertly translates research into easily understandable, structured, real-life practices for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The ASD Independence Workbook provides students with strategies, explicit directions, checklists, and reflective teachings to support a successful transition to independence and full life after high school. This is certainly a workbook that will be in my toolbox! --Stewart Miller, head of school, Riverview School--Stewart Miller