AHEADD.org to Celebrate National Adult Autism Awareness Day on April 16 with a Focus on Employment
PITTSBURGH, April 6 /PRNewswire/ — AHEADD.org, the first and only private, community-based program to provide support for students with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome in college, today announced its second national conference in honor of Adult Autism Awareness Day on April 16, 2010. This year’s event will focus on employment.
Co-presented by the Advisory Board on Autism and Related Disorders (ABOARD), the national conference will be held at the Sheraton, Station Square, in Pittsburgh and includes sponsorship by Autism Speaks and the ASD Advisory Committee. The day’s events include keynote speakers Brenda and Moshe Weitzberg, founders and directors of Aspiritech, a Chicago-based, software testing company that leverages the talents of persons with autism spectrum disorders, a panel presentation of local employers including Highmark, a professional in-service by Boston-based Barbara Bissonnette, as well as mock interview workshops for adults with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.
According to Carolyn Komich Hare, AHEADD.org’s director and founder, “The goal is to create awareness of our adult autism community and improve related social and employment outcomes.” Additional information about the conference is available on the AHEADD.org website.
ABOUT AHEADD: AHEADD.org is the official national sponsor of Adult Autism Awareness Day. Founded in 2002, by mother and Pittsburgh resident Carolyn Komich Hare, AHEADD.org provides mentoring and personal advocacy for college students with Asperger’s Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder, High-Functioning Autism, and Non-Verbal Learning Disorder. The program currently exists in CA, DC, FL, MA, MD, NY, and PA and is rapidly expanding to higher-education environments across the country.
The AHEADD Model(TM) of individualized support was recently featured in USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. Additional information is available at http://aheadd.org.