Association for Behavior Analysis International

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44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Panel #327
CE Offered: BACB
Innovative Employment Options for Adults With Autism
Sunday, May 27, 2018
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Grand Hall B
Area: AUT/PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Mary Ellen McDonald, Ph.D.
Chair: Mary Ellen McDonald (Hofstra University; Eden II Genesis)
SANJA CALE (SUNY Old Westbury)

According to the United States Department of Labor, as of July 2015, labor force participation of people with disabilities is 19.8% and 69.0% for people without disabilities. The unemployment rate of people with disabilities is 10.4% compared to 5.4% people without disabilities. The employment rate is not only lower for people with ASD compared to people with other disabilities, the pay for jobs, if they are able to secure them, is significantly lower, compared to others with disabilities. Only one in five young adults with ASD work full time at a current job with the average pay being $8.10 an hour. It is due to this limitation that a discussion is needed regarding innovative options for employment and building employment skills for individuals with ASD. The panel will focus on vocational assessment, taking into account individual preference. Specific assessment tools will be reviewed and discussed. There will be a review of employment models and discussion of the development of a new social enterprise.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

Clinicians, Behavior Analysts, Vocational Specialists, Transition Coordinators, Adult Program Staff, Secondary Teachers, Administrators, Psychologists

Learning Objectives: 1. Participants will be able to identify a minimum of two vocational assessment tools to be used to assess vocational skills through the observation of behavior. 2. Participants will be able to identify at least two ways to assess vocational preferences in individuals with ASD through behavioral observation and preference assessment technology. 3. Participants will be able to list steps needed to develop a social enterprise. 4. Participants will be able to identify at least 2 specific behavioral techniques used within the development of a social enterprise.



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