Expanding the Dialogue on Autism: Reflections on Research & Real Life in Education
This event is first in a series of online talks hosted by the Institute for Community Inclusion which will engage experts in the field of autism, some of whom are on the spectrum themselves. The goal is to look at ways that people on the spectrum are shattering outdated expectations about their potential, their success, and their engagement in education, employment, healthcare, and community life. This first discussion will focus on the topic of education. Our speakers will include a staff member from ICI, Maria Paiewonsky, program coordinator and transition specialist. She also serves as Director of the Massachusetts Transition Leadership Initiative, a personnel preparation program that prepares Master's Level Transition Specialists at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Maria has coordinated numerous secondary and transition related projects and works with teachers, interdisciplinary team members, students and families to develop positive and inclusive college, work and community outcomes. Joining Maria will be Ned Pavlak, a student at Holyoke Community College (HCC). Julia Landau is Director of Mass Advocates for Children and comes with years of experience with special education advocacy and the law. And, Stephen Shore, professor, advocate, author, and international speaker on education, advocacy, disclosure, and more.