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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. Schall 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)

Carol Schall

Carol Schall

Dr. Schall is the Director of Technical Assistance and a researcher at the Autism Center for Excellence and the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center at the Virginia Commonwealth University. Her research interests include transition from school to work and adulthood for individuals with ASD, practices that result in the provision of evidence based practices in public school settings, discovering evidence based practices and behavior supports for adults with ASD at work, and training for parents and professionals serving individuals with ASD. In addition to many journal articles, Dr. Schall is co-editor and author of Autism and the Transition to Adulthood: Success Beyond the Classroom.