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Employment for Youth with Autism: Keys to Success!


Sponsored by NTACT, join Paul Wehman (Director, VCU-RRTC) and Carol Schall (Director of Technical Assistant, Autism Center for Excellence) as they provide the key elements in supporting students with ASD and challenging behaviors to experience successful paid integrated employment outcomes.  Find out how all stakeholders can collaborate on employment internships for students, staff can be trained to provide quality employment supports, and ASD-specific supports can be provided to youth.  Be prepared to ask questions about employment for youth with ASD!!

LIVE EVENT:  February 22, 2018 Recording Available

ONLINE DISCUSSION: Lots of discussion with Paul and Carol!


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    30 Comments on "Employment for Youth with Autism: Keys to Success!"

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    Could you recommend resources, curriculum for social skills/ interpersonal skills?


    And might I add one that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. I have no budget for materials.

    Allison Unruh

    How do we support students with ASD to disclose their disability?

    LeeAnn Wagner Cica

    I think this is a ongoing process that starts young. We encourage parents and teachers to help students identy their strengths and needs in elementary school. This starts the conversation. Openly discussing the name of term in a positive way helps. If a parent or teacher uses Autism as a way to blame, students will not want to identify that way. I use the curriculum 411 on Disclosure with teens. It is great.

    Samantha Gores

    How do we best prepare youth with ASD to meet employers’ communication expectations?

    Sylvia Tavares

    Communication skills is very important when in the work force. Interpersonal Communication should be offered in a life skills class. I encouraged my son to take this class and a Speech Class.

    Bruce Belanger

    How can we help youth with ASD to improve communication with employment bosses to sustain employment? Strategies?

    Bruce Belanger

    I teach at a university. How can I get more info on how to start a program for indiv with disabilities?

    Bruce Belanger

    What about training for the bosses, supervisors, on communicating with students with ASD?

    Sylvia Tavares

    How can we encourage employers to hire young adults with special challenges?


    Would you share how you address or schedule social skills training for students who have ASD in general education ?

    Coreen Herzog

    Is there a link or download of the webinar with both audio and visual for those that were not able to attend/hear the entire presentation? The powerpoint is good but does not cover the entire material. Damien’s story as also very good!

    Allison Unruh

    Yes! I will post a video on Monday that will show the entire presentation. It will be at the top of this page.

    Cheryl Fortunato

    Video is working, but not the audio. My speakers/computer are able to play sound, and I’ve “unmuted” the presentation, but still no sound.

    Cheryl Fortunato

    Got it!

    Allison Unruh

    Oh good! We should have captioning soon for those that need it also.

    Nancy  Anderson

    Mr. Wehman mentioned something about a program called “SOS” for youth with very significant behavioral challenges. Can you provide more info re same and resources about it?

    Allison Unruh

    I am posting a few videos for you! Just a few more days of discussion, be sure to get your questions in!

    Allison Unruh

    Project Search video from VCU