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Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models
for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
webcast 11 Print E-mail

Achieving Meaningful Employment for Youth with ASD:
High School Transition the Project SEARCH Way

Presenters: Erin Riehle and Ilene Laine

About the Webcast:

In 2012, VR Autism's National Advisory Panel found Project SEARCH as an effective program in assisting people with ASD in finding and maintaining competitive employment. VR Autism’s panel focused on the two ASD specific Project SEARCH sites for inclusion into our effective program categorization. Project SEARCH is a one-year, school-to-work program for young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities including ASD. This webcast focuses on the Project SEARCH model and how New York Collaborates for Autism has adapted this model specifically for people with ASD.

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About the Presenters:

Erin Riehle is a recognized authority and national leader in promoting employment opportunities for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. She is a founder and Senior Director of Project SEARCH, an employment and transition program that has received national recognition for innovative practices. She has served on many national committees and is a past board member for the Association for Persons in Supported Employment (APSE), the Ohio Governor's Council on People with Disabilities, and the U.S. Business Leadership Network. Project SEARCH received the U.S. Department of Labor's 2004 New Freedom Initiative Award and was the Inaugural recipient of Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s 2010 James W. Varnum National Quality Award.

Ilene Lainer is a board member and Executive Director of the New York Collaborates for Autism (NYCA) that she co-founded in 2003. In 2005, she co-founded NYCA Charter School, served as its first Board President from 2005-2007 and continues to serve as a Trustee. Ilene is a former attorney with nearly 20 years specializing in labor and employment on behalf of management. During her partnership, she represented large and small employers ranging from multi-national corporations to small family owned businesses. In 2013, NYCA in partnership with NYPresbyterian, Weill Cornell and Columbia medical schools is opening the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain (CADB), a comprehensive clinical research center serving people with autism and their families across the life span.  CADB is directed by Dr. Catherine Lord a world renown clinical researcher specializing in autism.  Ilene has co-authored and edited articles and publications on services for adults with autism. Ilene and her husband, Steven Kantor, reside in New York City with their two sons, one of whom has

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This webcast is supported through SEDL's Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (VR Autism) and is 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.