Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Webinar - Achieving Meaningful Employment for Youth with ASD: HighSchool Transition the Project SEARCH Way

Presenters: Erin Riehle and Ilene Laine Save the Date: March 19, 2013 Time: 2:00 p.m. CDT Registration Link: (free of charge) About the Webcast: In 2012, VR Autism's National Advisory Panel found Project SEARCH as an effective program in assisting people with ASD in finding and maintaining competitive employment. VR Autism’s panel focused on the two ASD specific Project SEARCH sites for inclusion into our effective program categorization. Project SEARCH is a one-year, school-to-work program for young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities including ASD. We’ll hear about the Project SEARCH model and how New York Collaborates for Autism has adapted this model specifically for people with ASD. About the Presenters: Erin Riehle is a recognized authority and national leader in promoting employment opportunities for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. She is a founder and Senior Director of Project SEARCH, an employment and transition program that has received national recognition for innovative practices. She has served on many national committees and is a past board member for the Association for Persons in Supported Employment (APSE), the Ohio Governor's Council on People with Disabilities, and the U.S. Business Leadership Network. Project SEARCH received the U.S. Department of Labor's 2004 New Freedom Initiative Award and was the Inaugural recipient of Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s 2010 James W. Varnum National Quality Award. Ilene Lainer is a board member and Executive Director of the New York Collaborates for Autism (NYCA) that she co-founded in 2003. In 2005, she co-founded NYCA Charter School, served as its first Board President from 2005-2007 and continues to serve as a Trustee. Ilene is a former attorney with nearly 20 years specializing in labor and employment on behalf of management. During her partnership, she represented large and small employers ranging from multi-national corporations to small family owned businesses. In 2013, NYCA in partnership with NYPresbyterian, Weill Cornell and Columbia medical schools is opening the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain (CADB), a comprehensive clinical research center serving people with autism and their families across the life span. CADB is directed by Dr. Catherine Lord a world renown clinical researcher specializing in autism. Ilene has co-authored and edited articles and publications on services for adults with autism. Ilene and her husband, Steven Kantor, reside in New York City with their two sons, one of whom has autism.

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