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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 Two Featuring POW&R

July 18, 2011
2-2:30 p.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.

To date, 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. An archive of Part One of the series is available on our website at

About the Webcast

POW&R is a vocational rehabilitation vendor in Newark, Delaware for people with ASD that will be featured in this second webcast. This presentation will focus on POW&R's program design and practices that have helped successfully place consumers in competitive employment. POW&R's many qualities rendering it an effective program. Some of these characteristics that will be described during the webcast include staff knowledge of ASD, supported employment services to transition-age youth, on-site training, and a long-term fiscal strategy.

About the Presenters

Theda Ellis has extensive experience with vocational rehabilitation programs in two states. She has an M.Ed in Rehabilitation Counseling, a certificate in rehabilitation management, and an MBA. She was responsible for developing supported employment and independent living programs in Alaska, worked with assistive technology and strategic planning in Illinois, and also helped launch the Center for Disabilities Studies at the University of Delaware, where she served as Associate Director. She is currently the Executive Director of Autism Delaware, which has grown from an all-volunteer grassroots advocacy agency to an autism service agency with plans to launch residential and clinical services as well as to expand vocational and employment services.

Katina Demetriou serves as the Director of POW&R (Productive Opportunities for Work and Recreation) a service of Autism Delaware. She has been working in the disabilities field for over fifteen years. During this time, she has held a number of leadership positions in vocational services such as a Direct Support Professional, Supportive Employment Coordinator/Trainer, and Director.

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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 should be inferred.