Announcing Autism Works – a national conference on autism and employment.
The conference will be Thursday and Friday, March 3 and 4, 2011, at the Sheraton Westport Hotel in St. Louis, MO. The conference will bring together the disability employment services community (vocational rehabilitation) and autism community to learn from each other and improve employment options for adults with autism. Topics will include: understanding the vocational rehabilitation (VR) process, what VR counselors need to know about autism, job development and work-place supports, funding possibilities for employment supports, and insights from working youth with autism. The University of Missouri’s Disability Policy and Studies office, along with Integrated Behavioral Systems, is presenting this national conference.
Registration rates and info:
- $205 2 Day
$125 1 Day
$180 2 Day Student Rate
$105 1 Day Student Rate
- Agenda [PDF]: dps.missouri.edu/Autism/FBimages/AWAgenda.pdf
- Website: dps.missouri.edu/Autism.html?cmpGAS
- Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Autism-Works/136057253090452
Articles from the conference:
- Is Short-Term Job Coaching Practical for Autism? [PDF]
Two noted experts on disability employment and autism services believe job coaching should only be time-limited, and long-term job coaching is a bad idea.
- Paul Andrew – Parent Voices Drove Autism Standards [PDF]
Comments from distraught parents convinced international accrediting agency CARF they needed to give special attention to the service needs of adults with autism.
- Cary Griffin – Why Job Seeking Won’t Work for Autism [PDF]
A national expert on disability employment says the ” look for a job that matches the person’s characteristics” approach simply will not work.
- Dan Tedesco – Opening a New World of Possibilities for Autism
A conference keynote speaker says new technologies can provide amazing supports for autism – but we have to stop using them for the same old things.
Conference organizer Scott Standifer and James Emmett are also holding a series of webinars on adult autism and employment; Scott is holding another seminar for National APSE (Association of People in Supported Employment) later this month as well.
For more information on the work of Scott Standifer, see the University of Missouri’s Illumination magazine’s article Aging With Autism.