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Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models
for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
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Wildwood Programs:
Increasing independence by providing effective
employment services to people with ASD

Presenter: Joshua Muchmore
Director of Employment Services
Wildwood Programs, Inc.

About the Webcast

Employment rates for people with disabilities are declining: people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are among the least likely to be employed. In fact, only 15 percent of working aged adults with ASD are currently employed (Cameto et al., 2003). Effective interventions are clearly needed to improve employment rates for this population. SEDL and partners on the National Advisory Panel of the Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models for Individuals with ASD project have implemented a rigorous process for identifying programs that help increase competitive, long-term employment for people with ASD.

Wildwood Programs was designated as an effective program in the summer of 2011. Located in Latham, New York and this program serves people with ASD needing employment-related supports. Wildwood Programs works collaboratively with consumers, families and businesses to increase consumers’ independence and integration into the community. To hear more about Wildwood Program’s replicable employment services please register for this free webcast.

About the Presenter

Joshua Muchmore, Director of Employment Services at Wildwood Programs, has ten years of experience in vocational rehabilitation. He originally entered the field as an Employment Specialist with a not-for-profit agency in Pennsylvania that exclusively provided employment services to individuals with a variety of disabilities. Currently, based in the Albany, New York area, Mr. Muchmore oversees a team of 19 staff whose mission is to “provide businesses with competent employees and give individuals with disABILITIES an opportunity to thrive in the workplace.” Mr. Muchmore is an active member of the NYS APSE Board for the last four years, advocating for the improvement of integrated employment outcomes for workers with disabilities as well as the design of systemic enhancements that can further those goals.

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This webcast is supported through SEDL's Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (VR Autism), funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), part of the U.S. Department of Education. The opinions and views expressed are those of the presenter and no endorsement by the funding agency or the federal goverment should be inferred.