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Project Empowerment Webcast

Jessica VenablePulling All the Pieces Together: From Plan of Operation to Plan of Evaluation
Date: 2/6/2013, 2:00pm ET
Presenter: Jennifer Marwitz

Jennifer Marwitz, MA, is an Associate Professor in VCU's Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She has experience writing as well as coordinating major research and demonstration projects and has served as the Project Coordinator for the VCU TBI Model System since 1990. Her research interests include emotional adjustment, family adjustment, and community reintegration after brain injury.

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VCU Autism Center for Excellence Webcast

Kathy MorrisPractical Management Strategies: What to do After the Meltdown - Part 2
Date: 2/12/2013 | 3:30 - 4:30 pm ET
By: Kathy Morris

Many students with ASD exhibit interfering behaviors to effectively and efficiently navigate their environment. Oftentimes, the term "meltdown" is used to describe a temporary event that appears to come "out of nowhere". The meltdown appears as a moment where the person has lost control of their ability to cope or regulate their behavior. Difficulty regulating during the peak of a meltdown is usually due to a series of unfortunate events that happened throughout the day, and the fifth unfortunate event was the 'straw that broke the camel's back.' This presentation is the second part to the two-part series on management strategies for after the meltdown.

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VCU-ACE is funded by VA DOE (Grant # 881-61172 H027A100107). For additional information, contact or (855) 711-6987.

Project Empowerment - Points of Empowerment

Points of Empowerment Cover Marriage Stability after Traumatic Brain Injury

2010 US Census data revealed an overall divorce rate of 9.0% for males and 11.7% for females. These rates fluctuate within age groups, with most divorces occurring between ages 40 and 74.Divorce rates among couples where one individual has experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI) tend to be higher than the CDC-reported national average. The most recent study to examine this trend in 2007 found that 8% of their sample was separated and 17% were divorced at follow up (three to eight years later). Yet,
numerous studies claim vacillating divorce rates among couples where a spouse has suffered a TBI; some
are below 20% and others above 50%. Find out More about Marriage & TBI

2013 National APSE Conference

Save the date...June 24-27, 24th Annual APSE National Conference | Marriott, Indianapolis, IN

Race to Success - Employment Comes in First!

This year's conference will feature a wide array of high quality breakout sessions on the latest innovations in employment of people with disabilities. Featured strands will include State-of-the-Art Practices in Integrated Employment; Transition from School to Adult Life; Public Policy and Funding; Leadership and Personal Development; Consumer, Family and Self-Advocacy.

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Research Study of the Month

RPSD coverSupported Employment for Young Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorder: Preliminary Data

Authors: Wehman, Paul; Lau, Stephanie; Molinelli, Alissa; Brooke, Valerie; Thompson, Katie; Moore, Chandler; West, Michael

Abstract - The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of supported employment in securing and maintaining competitive employment for people with autism spectrum disorder, a group that has typically been found to be underemployed or unemployed. This prospective study followed and collected data on 33 individuals with autism spectrum disorder as they progressed through a supported employment model, working one-on-one with an employment specialist. Of the 33 individuals included in the study, 27 successfully obtained competitive employment, with a total of 29 positions secured. The successful results were achieved through the use of a supported employment model and skilled employment specialists who were able to provide a high level of social supports and compensatory training strategies for skill acquisition. Find out More

VCU-ACE Q&A Factsheet

Autism Q&A Brief CoverAutism Q&A: Introduction to Alternative and Augmentative Communication

Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have difficulty with communication. Typically, those with Asperger's Syndrome, or high functioning autism, have difficulty getting their message across or sustaining conversation. Others with autism have trouble developing speech and might not ever fully develop
spoken language. Therefore, many individuals with ASD will need alternative means in order to communicate. This Q and A will provide an introduction to Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) devices for individuals with ASD.

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at symbolCustomized Employment - Customized employment is a process for individualizing the employment relationship between a job seeker and an employer in ways that meet the needs of both. March 4, 2013 | Details & Register Online

at symbolInto Adulthood: Transition to Work for Individuals with Autism - More than ever, individuals with autism spectrum disorders are participating in the mainstream of school, work, and the community. March 18, 2013 | Details & Register Online

at symbolSupported Employment for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury - Early demonstration projects back in the late 1980's and 90's paved the way for using a supported employment approach for someone who has sustained traumatic brain injury (TBI). April 1, 2013 | Details & Register Online

at symbolSupported Employment Web-Based Certificate Series
(ACRE Certified) - This course provides an extensive overview of supported employment and how to facilitate competitive jobs for individuals with significant disabilities. April 1, 2013 | Details & Register Online

at symbolSupported Competitive Employment for Individuals with Mental Illness ( ACRE Certified) - This course provides an extensive overview of supported competitive employment for individuals with mental illness. April 1, 2013 | Details & Register Online

at symbolCustomized Supported Self-Employment - The success rate of small business is surprisingly high, despite widely accepted folklore to the contrary. The U.S. Small Business Administration reports that over 79% of small businesses are still operating after the initial eight years. May 6, 2013 | Details & Register Online