Tuesday November 10, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST
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Joseph Stokes Jr. Auditorium, CHOP Main Hospital 
34th St. and Civic Center Blvd., Philadelphia, PA
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Main Bldg
1st Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Driving Directions 

Please allow yourself 15 minutes to park and walk to the building.

Accreditation Statement 

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is accredited by The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

APA Accreditation Statement

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer 1 credit per hour to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia maintains responsibility for this program and its content


Social Work: CHAPTER 47. STATE BOARD OF SOCIAL WORKERS, etc. The Board finds the following entities have currently met the standards in Ch. 47. Accordingly, the following are approved providers:
(ix) The American Psychological Association (APA)

Act 48 credits will also be available.

Disclosure Statement: The presenters have no actual or potential conflicts of interest or relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests to report in relation to this lecture.


Dana Weidig
Center for Autism Research (CAR) at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia 

The Center for Autism Research at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is pleased to present:

Pathways to Competitive Employment for Youth and Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum

Featuring :

Paul Wehman, PhD, Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Professor, Medical College of Virginia, Joint Appointment in Department of Special Education and Disability Policy, School of Education; and Department of Rehabilitation Counseling, School of Allied Health Professions

Lecture Summary: A critical element of empowerment for people with disabilities is participating in inclusive, competitive and meaningful employment opportunities. Dr. Paul Wehman is an expert who will discuss the transition to work for individuals with autism. He will discuss how to implement workplace supports (including assistive technology and personal assistance); reconciling the different perspectives of employers and employees; understanding and using DDA work incentives; matching individual preferences with satisfying work; and helping individuals make alternate work arrangements, such as self-employment and telecommuting.

Followed by a panel discussion with professionals in the field and young adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Panelists will include:

Debra Dunn, JD, Moderator, parent and consultant to CAR
Robert Schmus, LCSW, Young Adult with ASD working with CHOP CareerPath
Isaac Chen, Graduate Student with ASD in Accounting Dept at Temple University
Bobby Strauss, Undergraduate student at St. Joseph's University
Mia Messina, Employment Training Specialist, PA Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
Jamie DiIanni, MS, CBIS, Transition Program Manager at CHOP

This lecture is intended for individuals with ASD, their families, and professionals supporting them. We also invite anyone who is interested in learning more about ASD to attend. Upon completion of this lecture, participants will:

  1. Become familiar with transition from school to work issues for individuals with ASD
  2. Learn about strategies to implement workplace support
  3. Consider alternative work arrangements, including self-employmeny and telecommuting

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