Christopher Wedding

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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.


Hands-On Management

With any job, you have your good days and your bad days. For me as a manager, a bad day is when a lot of staff has to have off and the day becomes very stressful.

True Awareness

With April being Autism Awareness Month, everyone is getting into the spirit of helping out when it come to this cause. 

Retirement

As we get older, one of the major decisions that we have to make is when to retire. For some people, their employer makes that decision for them with a “forced retirement.” 

Listening Skills

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. 

Downsizing Dilemmas

There are many different scenarios in working as a Supported Employment Manager with adults with autism.

'Tis the Season

It is that time of year again, when families get together for holidays and people start Christmas shopping.