After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Frostburg State University, Christopher Wedding began his career in the mental health field working at a half-way house for youth with developmental disabilities and co-morbid addiction issues in Maryland. Chris interacted with the individuals on a social basis, while also counseling them regarding everyday life problems. After two years, Chris moved on to become a Residential Advisor for the Maryland center of a national postsecondary program for students with disabilities. In this role, he helped students work through everyday life problems, and coached them on how to deal with roommate disagreements. He also taught such things as public transportation use, everyday living skills, and problem-solving strategies.
Chris is currently working as a Supported Employment Manager for autistic adults. He helps adults with autism find jobs in the community, and trains the staff on individual behavior issues. He lives in Frederick, Maryland and hopes to continue to advance in the field of mental health working with individuals with ASD.
When it comes to being a Supported Employment Manager, it is just as important to listen to the individuals as the staff for problems with the jobsite.
There are many different scenarios in working as a Supported Employment Manager with adults with autism.
It is that time of year again, when families get together for holidays and people start Christmas shopping.
The biggest part of my job is knowing all the individuals on my caseload and what they are capable of doing.
There are challenges every day when working with adults with autism, especially when the individuals are out in the community working at jobs.
Finding job placement for an adult with autism involves a number of steps.
Being a self-advocate in the autism community for the past several years has definitely had a few perks here and there.
Last night I had a dream that found me raging through my childhood home. For some reason, I was very angry with my family.
Every day I live with and struggle to compensate for my autism.
“I don’t think it’s safe to go,” I texted my sitter. “Let me call the office.”
I attended a focus group this week. A new venture is being developed with the intent of providing a unique six to nine-month internship experience for young adults with disabilities.
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