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Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models
for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
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A Webcast Series:

Effective Vocational Rehabilitation Programs for People with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Part 1 Featuring Job Path

June 21, 2011

12 p.m. EDT/ 11 a.m. CDT

About the Series

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 and validating vocational rehabilitation effective practices. This initiative is important due to the fact that rates of ASD are increasing, while employment rates for people with disabilities are declining. People with ASD tend to experience lower employment rates than other persons with disabilities.

Three programs have been identified as being effective programs for their successful competitive employment strategies for people with ASD. This three-part series will highlight each of these programs.

About the Webcast

Job Path is one vocational rehabilitation vendor demonstrating effective practices for people with ASD. This presentation will focus on Job Path's program design and practices that have helped successfully place consumers in competitive employment

About the Presenters

Fredda Rosen is the Executive Director of Job Path, a not-for-profit agency that enables people with developmental disabilities to find employment, live in their own homes and become involved in community life. Ms. Rosen came to Job Path in l980 as the director of its Staten Island office and went on to become Deputy Director and Director while the organization was a project of the Vera Institute of Justice.  In 1999, she led Job Path's spin off from the Institute and established Job Path as an independent not-for-profit.

Job Path is recognized as a pioneer of supported work strategies that help people with disabilities join the workforce and for the development of alternatives to traditional, group-oriented residential and day programs. Most recently Job Path initiated the Life Coaching Program for People with Asperger's Syndrome, which supports people to launch careers, further their education and expand their lives.

Ms. Rosen is First Vice President of the New York State Association of Community and Residential Agencies (NYSACRA) and a board member of Resources for Children with Special Needs (RCSN).  She holds bachelor's and master's degrees from New York University.

Born and raised in Akron, Ohio, Ms. Rosen is now a naturalized New Yorker.  She lives in Harlem with her daughter.

Rachel Pollock, Job Path's Deputy Director, has been with the organization for more than ten years, managing program development and implementation and serving as general counsel.  Ms. Pollock steered Job Path's customized employment project from its pilot stage and supervised the launch and implementation of the Life Coaching project, which helps young people with autism spectrum disorders attend college, find employment and become involved in community life.  An attorney with degrees from Harvard University and New York University School of Law, Ms. Pollock has two sons, one of whom has Asperger's Syndrome.

Aimee Althoff is the director of Job Path's employment services, Ms. Althoff has a master's degree in education from Columbia University's Teachers College and a BA from Kenyon College.  She has been with Job Path for five years, beginning as an employment specialist, piloting the organization's use of customized employment strategies. Prior to Job Path, Ms. Althoff taught special education in high school. Ms. Althoff, who lives in New York City, is passionate in her belief that everyone should have the opportunity to become part of the mainstream workforce.

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This webcast is supported through the Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder Project, which is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) in 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.