Date(s) - Oct 15
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Young adults living with high functioning autism spectrum disorder or borderline intellectual challenges often fall between the cracks in our social service system. The Young Adult Support Program was created to address the needs of this clientele. In partnership with public sector and community professionals, Ometz offers individualized and group support to clients who are working towards improving their social skills, developing essential skills for independent living, and determining vocational goals. For over 20 years, their Supported Employment Services team, has offered assistance related to finding and maintaining employment or pursuing education/vocational training. This past year an inter-departmental initiative was created to help clients pursue their personal and employment goals. This webinar will describe Ometz’ Young Adult Support Program, Supported Employment Services and their exciting new joint initiative. Learn about their client-centered, strength-based approaches to developing autonomy, finding employment and transitioning to adulthood.
Agence Ometz Presenters:
Nina Hermes is a case manager/employment specialist who works with young adults on the autism spectrum or who have an intellectual disability. She works intensively with clients to help them achieve greater autonomy in their lives through gaining independent living skills and securing employment. Nina holds a BSW from McGill University.
Alyssa Lautman has been an employment specialist since 2014. She provides support to those living with an intellectual limitation, autism spectrum disorder and/or a mental health diagnosis with regards to securing and maintaining long term employment. Previously, Alyssa worked as an educator and clinical supervisor, coordinating early intervention programs for children with developmental disabilities. She has bachelor’s degree in psychology from Concordia University.
Amber-Lee Shattler is a case manager in the Mental Health Support Services department. She has been coordinating the Young Adult Support Program (YASP), which was implemented in 2015. Previously, she worked as a lab coordinator researching topics related to interpersonal relationships as well as tutored young adults with learning disabilities. She graduated with a master’s degree in social work and is a professional social worker.