Workshop to assist ASD students in transitioning to employment


KatePalmer“Planning for the Future: Strategies for Transitioning to Employment for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders,” a free, interactive workshop, will take place Friday, Oct. 23,  from 1 to 4 p.m. in Drinko Library, Room 402.

Sponsored by the West Virginia Autism Training Center’s College Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders,  the workshop will be led by Kate Palmer, president of  Global and Regional Asperger’s Syndrome Partnership (GRASP). The mission of GRASP is to improve and enrich the lives of teens and adults on the autism spectrum and their families through community advocacy and outreach, education, peer supports, programming, and services, at no cost to members.

According to information from the WV Autism Training Center, individuals with autism spectrum disorders can be productive contributors to the workforce, but are vastly underemployed.  Resume development, networking opportunities and interviewing skills are particular challenges to getting and keeping a job.  The workshop will discuss issues surrounding disclosure and self-advocacy, and will also provide in-depth examples of how to navigate interactions with coworkers.

To register for this free workshop focusing on the transition to employment go to  www.marshall.edu/collegeprogram/employment/.

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Photo: Kate Palmer will lead a workshop for college students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in finding employment after they finish their degrees.