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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    Allison Unruh
    3 years ago

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

    LeeAnn Wagner Cica
    LeeAnn Wagner Cica
    3 years ago
    Reply to  Allison Unruh

    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
    Samantha Gores
    3 years ago

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

    Sylvia
    Sylvia
    3 years ago
    Reply to  Samantha Gores

    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
    Bruce Belanger
    3 years ago

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

    Bruce Belanger
    Bruce Belanger
    3 years ago

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

    Bruce Belanger
    Bruce Belanger
    3 years ago

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

    Sylvia
    Sylvia
    3 years ago

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

    Christine
    Christine
    3 years ago

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

    Annett
    Annett
    3 years ago
    Reply to  Christine

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

    Christine
    Christine
    3 years ago

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

    Annett
    Annett
    3 years ago
    Reply to  Carol Schall

    I manage the SOL Autism Catchment program at my high school. We have a class students take first period. The first year (9th grade) is direct instruction using step by step methods of coping strategies as well as social skill training along side a mock school store that “sells” goods using reward points to the students who work in other transition areas in the the school store. The second year the student is in the program earning a standard diploma, if they have progressed well in the direct instruction course, they earn another elective credit in a Project based coping/social skills class first period where they work in groups to accomplish a common goal and provide a valuable product for either students on the spectrum or the whole school. The third and fourth years depend on how they progress in the course. They may take a second year or earn an elective credit in a life skills class that runs a cafe during our enrichment period for teachers. The students continue their growth in their social skills and the teacher maintains communication with me on the student’s progress the first semester to see if the student needs to return to the Coping/social skills course. By 10th grade, discussions are made with parents and guidance counselors about taking 5 instead of 4 years to graduate depending on the student’s needs and progression with their standard diploma academics as well as state tests for graduation. We try to not have the student loaded with 5 academics each year. Rather, we alternate social studies and science. This will be our first year with two graduating so success of the program has yet to be measured in terms of transition to post secondary life. We work along side Department of Aging and Rehabilitation counselors so that the students transition with support even though they have earned a standard high school diploma.

    Coreen Herzog
    Coreen Herzog
    3 years ago

    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
    3 years ago
    Reply to  Coreen Herzog

    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
    Cheryl Fortunato
    3 years ago
    Reply to  Allison Unruh

    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
    Cheryl Fortunato
    3 years ago

    Got it!

    Allison Unruh
    3 years ago

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

    Nancy Anderson
    Nancy Anderson
    3 years ago

    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?

    Carol Schall
    Carol Schall
    3 years ago
    Reply to  Nancy Anderson

    I think Dr. Wehman referenced PBS, or Positive Behavior Supports. You can find more information about PBS here:

    http://Www.apbs.org

    Positive Behavior Support is the science of applied behavior analysis combined with the values of person centered planning. We use functional behavior assessment to analyze a behavior and develop a behavior intervention plan to teach the individual to use socially appropriate and effective behavior that serves the same function of the problem behavior.

    Allison Unruh
    3 years ago

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

    Allison Unruh
    3 years ago
    Reply to  Allison Unruh

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQ-8p5DN26c
    Project Search video from VCU

    Helen
    Helen
    3 years ago

    i AM A MOTHER OF A 30 YEAR OLD YOUNG MAN WITH AUTISTIC FEATURES. HE DOES NOT HAVE GOOD VERBAL ABILITIES. PRESENTLY I AM HELPING HIM TO SELL HIS ART AND ART MERCHANDISE AT BAZAARS. I DO NOT KNOW HOW TO ADVANCE HIS VOCATIONAL SKILLS AS HE DOES NOT HAVE TAKE INITIATIVE TO ATTEND TO CUSTOMERS.

    Carol Schall
    Carol Schall
    3 years ago
    Reply to  Helen

    Hi Helen, We have worked with indivdiuals with limited language, but they require a very different set of supports. For example, we have found that medicaid waiver supported employment is a good way to help someone maintain employment when they have significant support needs. I would recommend that you contact your local developmental disalbities office or you local vocational rehabilitation office to find out what supports are available for your son.

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