The Georgia Chapter of Autism Speaks recently held a meeting at the Employment Town Hall as part of its Adult Services Town Hall series, in which the group encourages employers to hire more individuals with autism.
Approximately 250 caregivers, parents and people who have autism attended the series. Everyone received an Autism Speaks Employment Tool Kit as well as supplemental materials.
The series received support from the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta and Bennett Thrasher. It included a resource fair, which involved 20 local autism service providers that offer families important services.
The event began with a presentation from Kaitlin Morris, the manager of field development for Georgia and Tennessee. She introduced Elizabeth Waddey, program director for the Blonder Family Department for Special Needs at MJCCA. Waddey gave a presentation about the transition services that the JCC supplies to the autism community.
There was also a discussion panel, hosted by Chet Hurwitz, the father of a son who is 24 years old and has autism. The panelists were Nick Perry, Nathan Heald, Diane Prindle, Eren Niederhoffer and Troy Keller.