Free Wednesday Workshop: Creating Workplace Success for Young Adults with Autism (ASD) and Learning Disabilities
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Free Wednesday Workshop: Creating Workplace Success for Young Adults with Autism (ASD) and Learning Disabilities

Enhancing Job Readiness and Employability

A FREE AUTISM (ASD) & LEARNING DISABILITY WORKSHOP PRESENTED BY LIFE DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE

There is little research to explain why some individuals with Autism (ASD) and Learning Disabilities succeed in the workplace and others do not. Workplace settings present a wide variety of diverse occupational challenges for all employees. Because the impact of these conditions on the individual varies from setting to setting, it is difficult to determine what aspects of a person’s job performance or lack of performance are directly attributable to the disorder.

Many young adults struggling to cope and survive in the workplace tend to face similar obstacles such as lack of social skills and understanding of the demands of the workplace. They can be very unaware of personal limitations which may or may not be related to a disability but when confronted by failure or job performance correction cause them to retreat when they are unsuccessful or employ circular logic and rationalizing away of personal responsibility when faced with failures or setbacks.

This presentation will explore some common themes and practical strategies related to competing for jobs, starting new careers, entering new jobs or companies, and how/when to disclose a disability to the employer.

Rob-CrawfordFeatured Speaker: Mr. Robert Crawford, M. Ed.
CEO Life Development Institute

Rob is the co-founder of the Life Development Institute starting it out of his home in 1982 as a day program for adults with LD needing job training and independent living skills.

He has been the driving force behind numerous private and public collaborations that have helped thousands of individuals referred from families, vocational rehabilitation, foster care system, adult basic education, professionals and consultants to participate and succeed at LDI and make the first steps into the larger community on their own.

A tireless advocate for adults with LD, Rob has served as a volunteer and consultant with many organizations in numerous capacities such as the Learning Disabilities Association of America, National Institute for Literacy, Rehabilitation Services Administration, Administration for Children, Youth, and Families, and the U.S. Department of Education to name a few.

He has authored numerous books and articles on topics such as career planning, employment issues, and adult advocacy as well as speaking at many conferences and workshops on these areas.

Who should attend?
If you are a young adult with disabilities or parent, or involved in the management, counseling and human resources fields, don’t miss your chance to attend this free workshop sponsored by Life Development Institute!

Attendance is complimentary but capacity is limited, so register today!
Life Development Institute sponsors regular speaking events, workshops, and seminars featuring renowned experts in the field. Events are hosted at our campus in the Phoenix, AZ area. If you have any questions about this event, please call us at (866) 736-7811, and we would be pleased to provide you with more information. To register now for this event or for more information, click below!

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Creating Workplace Success for Young Adults with Autism (ASD) and Learning Disabilities
Open Seats: 47
2015-12-9
6:00pm
7:30pm
Pathways to Independence: Supporting Young Adults with Exceptionalities
Open Seats: 49
2016-1-13
6:00pm
7:30pm
Disclosing Learning Disabilities To Employers: Maximizing Job Success
Open Seats: 47
2016-3-9
6:00pm
7:30pm

Creating Workplace Success for Young Adults with Autism (ASD) and Learning Disabilities

Wednesday, Dec 9,2015 –

Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Enhancing Job Readiness and Employability

A FREE AUTISM (ASD) & LEARNING DISABILITY WORKSHOP PRESENTED BY LIFE DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE

There is little research to explain why some individuals with Autism (ASD) and Learning Disabilities succeed in the workplace and others do not. Workplace settings present a wide variety of diverse occupational challenges for all employees. Because the impact of these conditions on the individual varies from setting to setting, it is difficult to determine what aspects of a person’s job performance or lack of performance are directly attributable to the disorder.

Many young adults struggling to cope and survive in the workplace tend to face similar obstacles such as lack of social skills and understanding of the demands of the workplace. They can be very unaware of personal limitations which may or may not be related to a disability but when confronted by failure or job performance correction cause them to retreat when they are unsuccessful or employ circular logic and rationalizing away of personal responsibility when faced with failures or setbacks.
This presentation will explore some common themes and practical strategies related to competing for jobs, starting new careers, entering new jobs or companies, and how/when to disclose a disability to the employer.

Agenda
Common sense strategies and specific examples of how to break through these self-imposed barriers will be the focus of this workshop.

Who should attend?
If you are a young adult with disabilities or parent, or involved in the management, counseling and human resources fields, don't miss your chance to attend this free workshop sponsored by Life Development Institute!

Attendance is complimentary but capacity is limited, so register today!
Life Development Institute sponsors regular speaking events, workshops, and seminars featuring renowned experts in the field. Events are hosted at our campus in the Phoenix, AZ area. If you have any questions about this event, please call us at (866) 736-7811, and we would be pleased to provide you with more information. To register now for this event, click the “Register” button below the map on this page!

Featured Speaker: Mr. Robert Crawford, M. Ed., CEO Life Development Institute
Rob is the co-founder of the Life Development Institute starting it out of his home in 1982 as a day program for adults with LD needing job training and independent living skills. He has been the driving force behind numerous private and public collaborations that have helped thousands of individuals referred from families, vocational rehabilitation, foster care system, adult basic education, professionals and consultants to participate and succeed at LDI and make the first steps into the larger community on their own.

A tireless advocate for adults with LD, Rob has served as a volunteer and consultant with many organizations in numerous capacities such as the Learning Disabilities Association of America, National Institute for Literacy, Rehabilitation Services Administration, Administration for Children, Youth, and Families, and the U.S. Department of Education to name a few.

He has authored numerous books and articles on topics such as career planning, employment issues, and adult advocacy as well as speaking at many conferences and workshops on these areas.

About Life Development Institute
LDI offers private residential internationally recognized and fully-accredited high school, college, and career-focused programs for young adults with special education needs due to Learning Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and ADHD. Located in beautiful Arizona, LDI’s competent and caring professionals passionately devote to actively working with and supporting parents who are eager for a place where their young adult child can become more independent to thrive, succeed, and explore their full potential in life.

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Location

Life Development Institute

18001 N. 79th Ave., Building E-71

Glendale, 85308

Event Fees:

$ 0.00 General Admission

Pathways to Independence: Supporting Young Adults with Exceptionalities

Wednesday, Jan 13,2016 –

Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Pathways to Independence: Supporting Young Adults with Exceptionalities

A FREE WORKSHOP PRESENTED BY LIFE DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE

The ability to interact with others, advocate for services, and navigate the adult world is challenging for all adolescents and adults. It is even more challenging for individuals with exceptionalities. Individuals with exceptionalities benefit from additional supports as they navigate school, home, and community settings, and practice the art of becoming more independent.  Communication skills, social skills, self-determination skills, and self-advocacy skills are needed at home, in the workplace, in education settings, and in community settings.  Research supports the importance of developing these critical skills. This presentation provides an overview of important skills and strategies for supporting adolescents and young adults as they work toward independence.

Agenda
This presentation provides an overview of skills and strategies for supporting adolescents and young adults as they work toward independence in home, school, community, and workplace settings.

Who should attend?
The workshop offers valuable information for Parents, Caregivers, Teachers, High School Students and Young Adults.

Attendance is complimentary but capacity is limited, so register today!
Life Development Institute sponsors regular speaking events, workshops, and seminars featuring renowned experts in the field. Events are hosted at our campus in the Phoenix, AZ area. If you have any questions about this event, please call us at (866) 736-7811, and we would be pleased to provide you with more information. To register now for this event, click the “Register” button below the map on this page!

Featured Speaker: Ms. Virginia Murray, M. A., Faculty, Grand Canyon University
Virginia Murray is an online faculty member and adjunct faculty for Grand Canyon University. She has also worked as an Academic Associate for Arizona University.  Virginia is an experienced Autism Spectrum Disorder Coach, and Teacher Mentor dedicated to providing support in classroom management, IEP development, development of focused transition plans, behavior management, and differentiation of instruction to teachers and their students in kindergarten through twelfth grade General Education settings, Resource Classroom settings, and Self-Contained Classroom settings.  Virginia also owns Virginia Murray Consulting and assists clients in supporting adolescents and adults with exceptionalities. She has over 28 years’ experience in special education. She is currently working on her Doctoral Degree at Grand Canyon University in Organizational Leadership for Special Education. She is passionate about preparing and supporting new teachers in finding their purpose and providing service to students with exceptionalities.

About Life Development Institute
LDI offers private residential internationally recognized and fully-accredited high school, college, and career-focused programs for young adults with special education needs due to Learning Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and ADHD. Located in beautiful Arizona, LDI’s competent and caring professionals passionately devote to actively working with and supporting parents who are eager for a place where their young adult child can become more independent to thrive, succeed, and explore their full potential in life.

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Location

Life Development Institute

18001 N. 79th Ave., Building E-71

Glendale, 85308

Event Fees:

$ 0.00 General Admission

Disclosing Learning Disabilities To Employers: Maximizing Job Success

Wednesday, Mar 9,2016 –

Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Identifying and accepting aspects of learning disabilities and conditions such as ADHD, Asperger’s or Autism can often cause employment-related problems or hindrances in job and career success. Helping oneself or a young adult identify and accept aspects of their disability causing them employment-related problems, finding the words to express their needs, and helping to put them at ease with disclosure are some of the most challenging issues faced by job developers and parents today.

A lack of understanding and overall discrimination associated with how society views individuals with disabilities, as well as the young adult’s lack of knowledge about their conditions places more fears and anxiety on them in making the critical decision to disclose or not disclose. The opportunity and ability to obtain reasonable accommodations or adjustments to do ones job however, requires that this level of personal disclosure be done.

Agenda
Common sense strategies and specific examples of how to break through these self-imposed barriers will be the focus of this workshop.

Who should attend?
If you are a young adult with disabilities or parent, or involved in the management, counseling and human resources fields, don't miss your chance to attend this free workshop sponsored by Life Development Institute!

Attendance is complimentary but capacity is limited, so register today!
Life Development Institute sponsors regular speaking events, workshops and seminars featuring renowned experts in the field. Events are hosted at our campus in the Phoenix, AZ area. If you have any questions about this event, please call us at (866) 736-7811 and we would be pleased to provide you with more information.

Featured Speaker: Veronica Crawford, MA
President and HR – Generalist of Life Development Institute.

Veronica is the President and HR – Generalist of Life Development Institute. She holds a BA in Psychology, MA in Human Resources Development and is a Board Certified Senior Disability Analyst. For her thesis in graduate school, Veronica did her research study on Diversity in the Workplace including individuals with disabilities as a minority population. Her career includes both professional and the practitioners experience the adult domains of life, training/working one on one and in groups with LD, ADHD, High Functioning Autism, Aspergers, Substance Abuse, PTSD, Mood Disorders, Mild TBI, Personality Disorders and family dynamic issues. She was an adjunct college professor teaching life skills and career planning, worked for a Fortune 100 company as a Human Resources Training Manager and Recruiter ensuring compliance of ADA, training on employment laws, team and leadership roles, diversity in the workplace, and employee relations. Veronica is a member on the Education and Training Committee of Jobing.Com, SHRM (Society of Human Resources Management), NETPA (AZ Networking Employment and Training Professional Association), VSHRA (Valley of the Sun Human Resources Association), EMA (Employment Management Association), DLA (Diversity Leadership Alliance), LDA (Learning Disabilities Association America), ASA (Autism Society of America) and the ABDA (American Board Disability Analysts).

Her book “Embracing the Monster: Overcoming the Challenges of Hidden Disabilities,”which was released in 2002 by Brookes Publishing and is in it’s second printing. She has been featured in numerous publications including LDA News briefs, NCLD/Our World magazine, LDonLine/First Person and Smart Kids with LD. Veronica is a respected spokesperson on behalf of and for adults with LD, ADHD, and mental health issues across the nation and speaking at local and national conferences. She is a passionate and tireless spokeswoman working to enhance the recognition of adults with hidden disabilities as the most unrecognized and misunderstood minority in our society. Veronica works with LD staff to integrate our students into the community where others can see their talents and contributions not knowing they are any different from other millennium generation young adults! It is her great joy for others in the community to see how talented and amazingly involved LDI students are that they want in to what we have going on! Even more meaningful to her is that the students begin to see their own power develop as they start to present themselves as a representative minority for their up and coming generation.

About Life Development Institute
LDI offers private residential internationally recognized and fully-accredited high school, college and career-focused programs for young adults with special education needs due to Learning Disabilities, Asperger’s, ADHD, Autism and similar conditions in beautiful Arizona. Together with a competent and dedicated staff of caring professionals, LDI staff and its administrators are passionately devoted to actively working with and supporting parents who are eager for a place where their young adult child can become more independent to thrive, succeed and explore their full potential in life.

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Location

Life Development Institute

18001 N. 79th Ave., Building E-71

Glendale, 85308

Event Fees:

$ 0.00 General Admission

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