Assessment and Job Development for Transition Aged Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorder
Crystal Hence, M.Ed., Lead Counselor, VCU-RRTC
Erik Smith, B.A., MDiv, Didlake, Inc.
This webcast discusses the importance of assessment and job development for improving employment outcomes for young adults with ASD. The presenters describe multiple strategies that can facilitate both of these processes, along with real-life examples of how the strategies have been used successfully with transition-aged youth with ASD.
Crystal Hence has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She started working with VCU - RRTC as a community counselor supporting individuals to locate and maintain employment. She now serves as the Lead Job Coach at the St. Francis Medical Center, Project SEARCH site.
Erik Smith manages the Supported Employment programming and personnel in the Greater Hampton Roads Area as a Program Manager for Didlake, Inc. Before becoming a Program Manager for Didlake, Erik was the Didlake Employment Specialist for Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center’s Project SEARCH program, and a School Community Trainer for SECEP, the regional special education program for Hampton Road’s public schools. Erik has been working to support individuals’ transition into the community for the last 6 years in these positions. Erik holds a BA from Liberty University and an MDiv from Regent University.