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Thinking Positive About the Future for Young Adults with Autism and LD

College Internship Program

Friday, May 23, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM (EDT)

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Addressing the Needs of Young Adults with Learning Differences (High-Functioning Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD)

Insight Into College, Employment and Independence for Young Adults with Learning Differences including High-Functioning Autism, Asperger's Syndrome and ADHD

Featuring panel presentations by several expert guest speakers who work with the Autism and Learning Differences community and young adult transition; offering advice on the key stages of transition to adulthood including: letting go, adjusting to college, finding success in the workplace and achieving independence. 

Featured Panelists:

Michael P. McManmon
 - Dr. McManmon is the founder of the College Internship Program (CIP), which serves college-aged students with learning differences and Asperger’s Syndrome in six centers across the US. He is a blog author for Psychology Today and his book, "Made for Good Purpose" has been published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. During his 39 years of experience with students with Learning Differences and Asperger’s Syndrome, Dr. McManmon has worked on Curriculum Development, Staff Training, Program Evaluation, and Administering Community Based Programming.


Marcia Scheiner  - Marcia Scheiner is the Founder and President of Asperger Syndrome Training & Employment Partnership (A-STEP), a non-profit organization whose mission is to create and support programs that promote long-term employment for adults with Asperger Syndrome/high functioning autism. Prior to founding ASTEP, Ms. Scheiner spent 25 years in the financial services industry and has held management positions at Chase Manhattan Bank and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Ms. Scheiner is a graduate of Wellesley College and has an MBA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. She is the parent of a young adult son with Asperger Syndrome.


Lynda Geller, Ph.D. - Lynda Geller is the Founder of Spectrum Services, a cooperative of clinicians and services all dedicated to serving children, adolescents, and adults on the autism spectrum. She served on the faculties of Georgetown University, Stony Brook University and NYU Medical Schools for 25 years, where she created and developed clinical centers providing an extensive array of services for children and adults with autism spectrum conditions. She is currently a psychologist in private practice at Spectrum Services in Manhattan, working with individuals with Asperger Syndrome and related conditions.   Dr. Geller has been teaching an independent course about assisting individuals with Asperger Syndrome transition from high school to college and the work world since 2009, training college personnel, work support organizations, therapists and families about the complex executive function and social-emotional issues such young people face, and the supports they need to achieve success.


Rajesh Anandan - Rajesh is the Founder of ULTRA Testing, and Senior Vice President of UNICEF Ventures. Rajesh Anandan has spent the past decade in the social sector, including setting up and running the Private Sector division at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and most recently, building a $400M partnership portfolio as head of UNICEF Ventures. Rajesh is the Founder of UTLRA, a network of high performance technology services, including ULTRA TESTING, a software testing company employing individuals on the Autism Spectrum. He is a mentor at the Unreasonable Institute, and advises a number of start-ups focused on creating employment for marginalized communities. Rajesh has a B.Sc. and M.Eng. in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT.


Ernst O. VanBergeijk, Ph.D., M.S.W., - Ernst VanBerkgeijk is Associate Dean and Executive Director at the NYIT Vocational Independence Program (VIP), which enables students with significant learning disabilities to maximize their potential for independence. VanBergeijk joined NYIT in 2006, with more than 30 years of experience as a social worker in schools, and as a faculty member and researcher in different universities and colleges. Most recently, he was a research associate at Yale University School of Medicine, Child Study Center, and an assistant professor in the School of Social Service at Fordham University. He currently serves as a peer reviewer for Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Journal of School Psychology, and Child Abuse Review. VanBergeijk earned his Ph.D. in social work from Columbia University, masters of social work from the University of Michigan, and bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


Elizabeth Roberts, PsyD - Elizabeth Roberts is a clinical assistant professor in the department of child and adolescent psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine.  She is a psychologist and neuropsychologist at the NYU Child Study Center.  She provides diagnostic assessment, neuropsychological evaluation, psychotherapy, and school consultation to children and families. She has participated in autism research at the NYU Phyllis Green and Randolph Cowen Institute for Pediatric Neuroscience. In practice for over twenty years, she has specialized in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) for the past decade. Tourette syndrome, OCD, ADHD, learning disorders, brain injury, and other neurologic and neurodevelopmental disorders are additional areas of interest and expertise.  Dr. Roberts is research-level trained in the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) and the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2 (ADOS-2).


This Event is Brought to You by:

College Internship Program (CIP) 

CIP's comprehensive curriculum and cutting-edge approach to developing real-world skills expands the foundation on which young adults with ASD and LD can build happy and productive lives.

Child Study Center - NYU Langone Medical Center


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NYU Langone Medical Center - Farkas Auditorium
550 First Ave
New York, NY 10016

Friday, May 23, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM (EDT)

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