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Hello Collaborative Webinar
Hello Collaborative Webinar
Becky Lipnick

At Vista, we are looking forward to several of our "fall favorites," which we will experience in new and creative ways...

Over the next six weeks or so, we will be sharing several of our "revised fall favorites" with you...we hope that the stories we share help to inspire you to be open-minded and flexible in your planning as well...


As a nonprofit based along the Connecticut shoreline, we believe that it is important to collaborate with like-minded organizations. Accordingly, Vista is excited to be partnering with CASY Sparks for a live webinar on being More Connected Than Ever: Transitioning Virtually for Individuals with Disabilities during COVID-19.

CASY Sparks is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with autism across the lifespan through social innovation and impactful research.

While this presentation was originally being planned as an in-person event for the fall (and its transition to a webinar has forced us to veer from our originally planned content), our experiences in offering virtual programming to those with disabilities during this time have compelled us to share.

A snapshot from a weekly virtual Zoom session at Vista

Steph Foulkes, Vista's Admissions Manager, is excited to explain what those at Vista have seen. "While Vista has offered in-person programming throughout this pandemic, it has been eye-opening to see how some of our students and members have adapted and grown from virtual programming. Going virtual was a new experience for both Vista and CASY Sparks, but we have both seen the value of our virtual offerings."

The webinar will discuss both organizations' initial experiences, the need for creativity and the unexpected benefits of "going virtual."

The team at CASY Sparks saw firsthand how virtual offerings could be scheduled more regularly and allow attendees to join from across the country. Dr. Jou looks forward to speaking more on these concepts and the evolution of CASY Sparks' virtual socials during the webinar.

We hope you can join us for this important presentation on October 15 from 6:30 - 7:30 PM. For more information or to register, click here.

About the presenters:

Speakers Steph Foulkes and Suzanne Gregory are Admissions Managers at Vista Life Innovations with a collective 30 years of experience supporting transition. Roger J. Jou MD, MPH, PhD is a psychiatrist and researcher at the Yale Child Study Center whose work for the past 20 years has focused on autism across the lifespan. Dr. Jou founded Community Autism Socials at Yale (CASY) in 2014, providing free social-recreation, education, and virtual community.

Dr. Roger Jou with his Research Fellows at CASY Sparks

Quotes from attendees of virtual programming:

In the virtual art classes, I'm still learning and stepping out of my comfort zone. I get to keep making art! – Matt, Vista Life Innovations

I like participating in CASY Sparks socials during COVID-19 because it allows me to meet people in new places which I initially knew nothing about – CASY Sparks participant

To learn more about our collaborative webinar, click here.

Happy Fall!