Students with neurodiverse conditions such as autism spectrum disorder, developmental delays, ADHD and social anxiety have tremendous strengths that could benefit any employer. As educators, our end goal for ALL students includes having them learn, practice, and model employability skills. We also want employers and coworkers to see our students who are neurodiverse as capable young adults with their own unique strengths first and as individuals who may benefit from accommodation and support second. This webinar will cover recommendations for school districts on how to work with potential employers to accomplish this. Furthermore, this webinar will provide school districts with recommendations for how to help students with neurodiverse conditions model and practice employability skills during the school day.
John Peterson, Director of Special Education for the Hamilton School District in Sussex, Wisconsin. John has served as a special education administrator for a total of 15 years. John has previously served as the president of the Wisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Services (WCASS) and has been in leadership roles on their board of directors since 2006. John also helps mentor aspiring special education administrators by serving as a University Supervisor for Cardinal Stritch University (Milwaukee, WI) and has presented on a variety of special education-related topics at both state and national conferences.