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Keynote:Evidence-Based Pathways to Competitive Employment for Youth with Autism
This interactive session will discuss the important challenges and needs for helping youth with ASD transition into adulthood. Work specifically competitive employment, is a critical mechanism for seamless transition from school to adulthood. In the session, Dr. Wehman describes how internships, customized and supported employment, self-employment, and supported college education are different vehicles to independence in adulthood. Numerous streaming videos from clinical research will be utilized throughout this presentation.
About the Presenter(s)
Dr. Paul Wehman has been a professor of Physical Medicine with joint appointments in the Departments of Rehabilitation Counseling and Special Education/Disability Policy at VCU for over 30 years. He serves as Chairman for the Division of Rehabilitation Research in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and has managed NIDILRR funded RRTCs and DRRPs. He was one of the pioneers in the development of supported employment in the early 1980s, publishing over 200 articles and authored/edited 40 books and has served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation (JVR) since 1991. He has been recognized as one of the 50 most influential people in special education for the millennium by Remedial and Special Education. On a daily basis, he works with PWD, policy makers, and professionals related to disability and diversity. Dr. Wehman is active in teaching and mentoring undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students.