Our mission to create a global network of educators, researchers, and programs so that those living with autism may live fuller lives begins with our alumni. From those who came to NECC to begin their careers in autism education and research, to others who joined our team to take advantage of our world-class graduate partnerships with Western New England University and Simmons University, every one of our former staff plays a part in our mission.

On this page you will find stories from those who have gone to change the lives of children with autism beyond NECC and links to our social media groups where you can connect with other alumni.

Facebook Group
LinkedIn Group
Dithu Rajaraman
Dithu Rajaraman
Jeff Steimer
Jeff Steimer
Catherine Martin
Catherine Martin
Keira Moore
Keira Moore
“There is nowhere else I would choose to have started, and advanced, my career than at NECC.” – NECC Staff Alumnae, Simmons University Partnership Graduate

 

NECC Now is a monthly video series that updates our community on current happenings at NECC and shares the stories of NECC current staff and staff alumni.

 

We encourage our Staff Alumni to take advantage of our professional development opportunities. See below to register for our upcoming webinar!

It Starts with A Vision: Development and Implementation of Vocational Planning and Skill Acquisition for Individuals with ASD by Julie Weiss, MS, BCBA, LABA

May 25th at 1pm EDT Planning for the transition from school to adulthood, including workplace and community inclusion, continues to be an important topic for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, caregivers and employers. Individuals with severe deficits and needs may have difficulty obtaining or maintaining employment due to a limited repertoire of vocational skills and interfering behavior. For individuals still in school, developing a vision for the learner’s future is an important mechanism for guiding the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team toward choosing meaningful goal areas toward that vision. This webinar will review development of a vision, assessment of a learner’s strengths and preferences for work, and the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration. Evidence-based instruction, including discrete trial teaching, task analysis, and incidental learning, are essential for acquisition. In addition, job site simulations can increase a learner’s preparedness for the workplace. In this workshop, we will describe the components of career education and school-based vocational training in an ABA program for children with an ASD. Examples of vocational training including curriculum development, successful job matches, means for developing opportunities for children to sample potential work options, and long-term development of career goals, will be reviewed. Case examples of children with an ASD engaged in vocational activities will be presented. 2 CEs offered
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