Author Archives: Cheryl Ryan Chan

About Cheryl Ryan Chan

Autism Community Thought Leader & Change Agent. Find me at about.me/cherylryanchan, learn about what I do at www.personcenteredplanning.com or contact me at cherylryanchan@gmail.com

Blog posts coming this week!

The Building a Home Conference this week was excellent; congratulations to Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change (www.mfofc.org) for an outstanding day. My slides are available here. I’ll be sharing my thoughts this week on “trajectory planning” as I describe in … Continue reading

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No, it’s not “happily ever after” – let’s be real, here

As I begin gathering the team to work on our presentation at the MFOFC Building a Home Conference in September, one of the first things we will do is look at past presentations and decide where we need to update information.  … Continue reading

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“22 at 20: A Non-Transitional Transition Story” accepted as a workshop in September!

The team is very excited that our workshop has been accepted for the 2014 “Building a Home” Conference on September 27th in Worcester, presented by Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change!  Check out their website. Registration will be open soon.  Meantime, … Continue reading

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Lack of Preparedness is a critical barrier to Employment

I was honored to be one of 4 speakers at Autism Awareness Day on April 15, 2014 at the Massachusetts State House.  Here is my message. I’ve been shouting to the rooftops about how my husband and I successfully transitioned … Continue reading

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Thank you, Shrewsbury Rotarians!

My deepest appreciation to my friend Attorney Debi Hemdal and the Shrewsbury Rotary Club, for the opportunity to speak to you today. As we discussed, kids with autism grow up and become adults with autism. The growing prevalence of individuals … Continue reading

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Addressing the Legislature in Worcester

I addressed about a dozen members of the legislature at Holy Cross College this week, as a guest of an event hosted by The Center of Hope.  I received a lot of great feedback at the event, so I thought … Continue reading

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Great turnout at our March presentation!

Thanks to everyone who joined us in Auburn on March 18th!  The conversation was great, feedback seemed very positive, and we are excited about the momentum we continue to gather.  Cheryl has been booked to present at the Shrewsbury Rotary … Continue reading

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS

We will be presenting “22 at 20: A Nontraditional Transition Story” at Auburn High School (99 Auburn Street, Auburn) on Tuesday March 18, beginning at 7:00pm. Cheryl Chan, mom of 21 year old Nicky, whose story will be presented, will … Continue reading

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Testing our team spirit

Back in our last post, we shared the pre-holiday status that described the continued efforts of an extraordinary team, to the commitment of the success Nicky has already had in his first year.  Since then, the holidays have come and … Continue reading

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Total Holiday Team-Up for Nicky

Things have been going incredibly well for Nicky and his Shared Living provider, Nonotuck Resource Associates; as well as at his day program at HMEA, and through the incredible progress made by the medical team at UMASS. That update is … Continue reading

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