Shema Kolainu Workshops

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Many of you may are aware of our popular ongoing workshops that Shema Kolainu hosts throughout the year. Yesterday we organized the second one of the school year at Hotel Pennsylvania in Manhattan. Our guest speaker was Alexa Moses- OTR, … Continue reading

Making Global Connections at Shema Kolainu

Dilara Mitu discussing how to help poverty stricken children with disabilities in Bangladesh with Dr. Joshua Weinstein, CEO & Founder of Shema Kolainu & ICare4Autism

Today Dilara Mitu, Managing Trustee and Director of the SEID Trust took the time to visit Shema Kolainu in the hopes of starting a collaborative relationship and learn some best practices used at the center. The SEID Trust is an … Continue reading

Autism Takes Strides in the Workforce

There is a growing population of young adults who are on the autism spectrum that are now emerging into the professional world and unable o find a job for themselves. There are a large number of them who are classified as high functioning, who have achieved higher education, and who are more than capable of joining the workforce.

Only about 35 percent of young adults on the spectrum actually move on to postsecondary education, and of this 75 to 80 percent are unemployed when they graduate—which equates to about half a million people. Marcia Scheiner, president and founder of the Asperger Syndrome Training and Employment Partnership (ASTEP) presented these figures in a recent panel as part of Internet Week New York. She argues, “Today’s interview process is largely based around the concept of socialization: Your ability to network, your ability to interact with othersThis can be one of the biggest challenges for individuals on the spectrum.”

Scheiner’s approach through ASTEP provides support and education by, for example, persuading human resources at Fortune 500 companies and others to expand the neurodiversity of their workforce.

“People that already appreciate difference believe that by being more tolerant and being able to see different kinds of people, they are going to build a stronger team,” co-founder of software testing company “Ultra Testing” , Rajesh Anandan, says. The traditional methods we normally use to assess individuals don’t work so well for people on the spectrum, though, so how do we change the assessment so that it is informative for the employer as well as fair to other candidates?

Knack is a company that wants to use games to evaluate specific attributes and skills that an individual may have. Halfteck, the founder of Knack, says, “Games are very nonthreatening, because there is no interaction with peoplecausing anxiety, causing all sorts of other fears. Not everyone is good at interviews, not everyone is good at social interaction.”

Both Halfteck and Anandan believe that the employment rate for people on the spectrum will soon start to increase once there is data that proves that there are environments where people on the spectrum regularly outperform their neurotypical colleagues—driving an increase in recruitment.

To hear Marcia Scheiner speak more on autism workforce initiatives, come to Day 1 of our International Autism Conference! Click here for more info!

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Upcoming Round Table Discussion: Adult Autism Spectrum Disorder: New Clinical Treatments, Policy and Research Perspectives

Spectrum Neuroscience and Treatment Institute and ask Stefanie (mental health consultant) are excited for the upcoming Round Table Discussion entitled Adult Autism Spectrum Disorder: New Clinical Treatments, Policy and Research Perspectives. Speakers will discuss the new developments and current research in Adult Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Our speakers for this event will include Eric Hollander MD, Stephen Shore EdD and Michele Robins PhD. Dr. Hollander is the Director of Spectrum Neuroscience and Treatment Institute; a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Director of Autism and Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Program at Montefiore Medical Center.

He is a renowned psychiatrist recognized for his achievements both clinically and in research. Since 2002, Dr. Hollander has been voted into the book “America’s Top Doctors.” Dr. Shore is a special education professor at Adelphi University where his research focuses on matching best practice needs of people with autism. In addition to working with children and talking about life on the autism spectrum, Stephen presents and consults internationally on adult issues pertinent to education, relationships, employment, advocacy, and disclosure as discussed in his books Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome; Ask and Tell: Self-advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum, and the critically acclaimed Understanding Autism for Dummies. He is the President emeritus of the Asperger’s Association of New England and former board member of the Autism Society.

Dr. Robins is a licensed and school certified psychologist and a clinical/developmental neuropsychologist with expertise in the area of assessment of children, adolescents and adults with learning and emotional problems including ASD. As a past clinical associate at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Robins consults and lectures widely on the treatment of disorders throughout the lifespan. Dr. Robins uniquely integrates cognitive behavior therapy, family therapy and school consultation to create individualized treatment for individuals with ASD.

Where: Spectrum Neuroscience and Treatment Institute 901 Fifth Avenue NY, NY 10021

When: Wednesday April 24th, 2013; 12:00-2:00 pm

Cost: $100 per person

RSVP to: sw@askstefanie.com

*Please reserve your spot by April 22nd. Space is limited to 15 people.