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Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models
for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
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VCU-RRTC: Providing evidence-based supported employment

Presenters:

  Alissa Molinelli, Holly Collins, and Stephanie Lau VCU Employment Specialists

Date: April 26, 2012

About the Webcast:

VCU-RRTC is a multi-faceted organization with a staff of national experts in the area of employment and services to people with ASD. The Employment Services Division has been in operation since 1985 and has served hundreds of individuals with severe disabilities. This effective service has been documented in a recent study (Wehman, In press) conducted by the organization. Findings showed:

  • 82% of participants found employment
  • On average, participants worked over 22 hours a week
  • Participants received an average wage of $8.86 per hour

Please register for this webcast to hear about the replicable evidence-based practices of VCU-RRTC.

About the Presenters:

Alissa Molinelli has been an Employment Specialist with VCU-RRTC since August 2008 and has expertise in supporting individuals across a variety of significant disabilities to obtain and maintain employment. Alissa has provided leadership for our employment services to individuals with ASD and has gained expertise in systematic instruction, positive behavioral supports and hand-held technology as a support aid. Alissa works across of several research projects focused on competitive employment and job retention to include the Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders DRRP. Alissa will earn her M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling in May 2012.

Holly Collins currently serves as an employment specialist within the employment services division of VCU-RRTC. She primarily works with individuals with significant disabilities from the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services and the McGuire Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center. Currently, Holly is working on the Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders DRRP, which is a collaborative initiative between VCU and the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services (DRS) that is assessing the impact of intensive community-based work experiences on the employment outcomes of youth with ASD.

Stephanie Lau has been an Employment Specialist with VCU-RRTC since 2010. Stephanie holds a BS in neuroscience and anthropology from The College of William and Mary and Masters of Arts in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University. Stephanie has experience working with transition aged youth across a variety of disabilities to include individuals with ASD. She has focused on supporting individuals using a customized approach to employment using a variety of support techniques to include hand-held technologies.

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This webcast is supported through SEDL's Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (VR Autism) and VCU Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Workplace Supports and Job Retention (VCU RRTC) both 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 presenters and no endorsement by the funding agency should be inferred.