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Wednesday, April 11 • 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Community Workshop: Developing Microenterprise to Employ Adults with Autism

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Fewer than 20% of young adults with autism have any kind of regular job experience connecting them to community. Join Virginia Institute of Autism Executive Director Ethan Long, and i.Lab at UVA Incubator Program Director Jason Brewster as they discuss an innovative new model for providing sustainable, gainful employment for adults on the autism spectrum. They will be joined by Dr. Micah Mazurek of UVA’s Curry School and Dave Kearon, Director of Adult Services for Autism Speaks who will talk about nationwide outcomes and initiatives for adults with autism.

Workshop Leaders
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Jason Brewster

Incubator Director, i.Lab
Jason directs the i.Lab Incubator program while also leading the mentor community and other i.Lab initiatives. He is a CodeX Fellow for the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics and the co-founder of Nimbus Law, which provides solutions for virtualizing legal teams and tracking client... Read More →
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David Kearon

Dave Kearon is Director of Adult Services for the nationwide advocacy organization Autism Speaks. He has a background in psychology and special education. His work at Autism Speaks focuses on national initiatives promoting solutions for the needs of individuals with autism and their... Read More →
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Ethan Long

Executive Director, Virginia Institute of Autism
Ethan Long holds a Ph.D. in child clinical psychology, and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. He has delivered more than 100 presentations and workshops, nationally and internationally, related to autism and developmental disorders. Dr. Long is responsible not only for VIA’s... Read More →
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Micah Mazurek

Associate Professor, Curry School of Education
Micah has broad clinical experience in psychological assessment and intervention, with specific expertise in assessment and treatment of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. She has also been active in efforts to enhance quality of care through training, and capacity-building... Read More →

Wednesday April 11, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm EDT
  Entrepreneurship & Investment, Community Workshop
  • Festival (FREE), Included in Summit Badge, or Individually Ticketed Festival (FREE)