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.
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.
Once you have located a potential place for an individual with autism to work, the next step has be the most difficult one ...
Job development can be a challenge for anyone, but even more of a challenge for someone with autism.
One of the more difficult things people are facing today is looking for the right job. That was one of my big challenges when I graduated from college;
When I graduated from college, I found out quickly that to support myself in the “real world” I would have to work two jobs.
Over the last year or so I’ve talked to parents who have children that have been newly diagnosed with ASD.
Whenever I share stories of my family's experience with Willie's aggressive and self-injurious behavior, I'm always concerned that the accounts will seem over the top to some ...
With April being Autism Awareness Month, everyone is getting into the spirit of helping out when it come to this cause.
I was recently asked to host a fundraiser for a nonprofit organization that provides employment services for adults with mental illness, addiction or autism.
If you’ve ever read a column I’ve written before, you probably know that I spend a great deal of time trying to figure out where my son will go and what he will do ...
I wanted to take some time in my column this week to commend the job being done by the Wall Street Journal in covering the topic of employment and autism.
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