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AUCD: Welcome Reception and Poster Session: Infusing self-advocacy skills in transition-to-work programs to increase employment outcomes for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities

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Presenter

Susan Hetherington, PhD, Co-Director
Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND

Other Presenter(s)

Julie Christensen, LMSW, PhD Candidate, Rochester, NY, United States, NY - Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND;
Bonnie Smith, MA, Rochester, NY, United States, NY - Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND;
Carl Grayson, Self-Advocates of New York State, Rochester, NY, United States;
Anitra Medlock, MHA, Rochester, NY, United States;


Description

This session provides an overview of a year-long self-advocacy training initiative designed to work in conjunction with existing transition-to-work programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The initiative aimed to (a) introduce the concepts of self-advocacy, with emphasis on developing skills to obtain and maintain employment; (b) connect youth to area self-advocacy groups; and (c) increase business involvement in hiring people with IDD.

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