This two-hour talk (no cooking!) addresses challenges that often arise when teaching people with autism how to cook — sensory challenges, motor challenges and challenges following directions. Penny sets out techniques to overcome these difficulties — techniques used successfully in the cooking school she operates.
She also shares ways to help poor eaters improve eating habits and strategies to incorporate social-communication development into the experiences of cooking and eating together.  Employment opportunities in the food industry are explored.
Date:   Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Time:   11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Place:  Beaverton Library, Meeting Room B
12375 SW 5th Street, Beaverton, OR 97005 
Speaker: Penny Gill has operated a cooking school for teens and adults on the autism spectrum since 2002.  She is the parent of an adult with autism, the founding president of the service charity Autism/PDD Family Alliance in Ontario, Canada and a workshop presenter across North America.  To learn more about Penny and this charity, visit

Target Audience:  This presentation will interest parents, teachers, support workers, group home managers, job coaches and some adults on the spectrum.

This is a FREE event, but registration is requested.
To register, please call 503-636-1676 or send an email to [email protected]

Presented by Autism Society of Oregon and Autism/PDD Family Alliance.
Autism Society of Oregon
P.O. Box 396, Marylhurst, OR 97036-0396
Phone: (888) AUTISM-1 | Local(503) 636-1676

One thought on “FREE Workshop- “Teaching People with Autism to Cook Really Well for Jobs, Health and Friendship”

  1. Hi,
    I am contacting you today because I am a cooking teacher. After 11 years in the public school system, I became a teacher in a school for students with autism. We have a few students who love to cook and we are trying to find programs or ways they can enter the food service community. I found your website by googling. It is very interesting and I was wondering if you have any information that would help us prepare these student for a career in cooking. Any information you have would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank You
    Marie Canesi
    Culinary Coach/Teacher
    The League School of Greater Boston.

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