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Summary

Accessibility Specialist with fourteen years of experience working with secondary and post-secondary students with disabilities, particularly Autism Spectrum Disorder and Non-Verbal Learning Disorder.  Developed and implemented new programs and positions in college transition programs and higher education, highly skilled in providing individualized counseling and interventions, thinking creatively with new technologies, and understanding ADA and Section 504 in on-ground and online settings.    

Work History

Jan 2015Present

Accessibility Specialist

Charter Oak State College

Launched and continue to develop the college's first Office of Accessibility Services, where I coordinate academic accommodations, provide direct academic coaching services, and work closely with faculty and the Instructional Design team to develop an accessible environment for non-traditional, online learners.

  • Develop programming and processes for the Office of Accessibility Services
  • Provide educational counseling and coaching to students registered with the OAS
  • Support teaching faculty through consultation and training
  • Provide guidance on ADA and WCAG 2.0 conformance within the learning management system, student portal, and college activities
  • Plan evening programming to support students' academic skills development
Jul 2013Jan 2015

Assistant Dean of Students

Franklin Academy

The Franklin Learning Institute Program is Franklin Academy's transitional program for high school seniors and post-graduates, designed to prepare students for the transition to post-secondary life, including college, supported programs, and employment.

  • Advise a student case-load in areas of academic, social/emotional, and transition planning development
  • Serve as Post University liaison between Franklin students and Post's online learning faculty 
  • Communicate and counsel parents and families regarding students' skills development, functioning, and transition planning
  • Develop curriculum and programming in areas of study skills, assistive technology, social & emotional management, and post-secondary exploration 
  • Serve as coordinator of the learning center and school service referral program
Jan 2012Jun 2013

Academic Coach & Advocate

Private Academic Coach

Supported students in skill development, providing them with the tools and strategies to become "self-directed learners" and increase self-efficacy.  Specialized in learning differences, including Asperger's Syndrome, PDD-NOS, NonVerbal Learning Disorder, and Auditory or Visual Processing Disorders.  Trained school faculty on strategies for Universal Design for Learning and specific issues pertaining to an individual with a learning difference.

  • Study and organizational strategies
  • Writing development and organization
  • Reading comprehension and vocabulary
  • Social communication skills
  • Self-Advocacy skills
  • Goal development
  • Using technology for school and life
Feb 2007Sep 2011

Coordinator of Post-Secondary and Career Education, Job Developer

Asperger's Syndrome Adult Transition Program
  • Provided classroom and individual instruction and counseling to students in the areas of post-secondary education and career development
  • Created and developed a dynamic "Post-Secondary and Employment Program" from the ground up, described as "top notch" and "cutting-edge" in the official CARF accreditation report (January, 2011)
  • Development of this department included: writing lesson plans, developing materials for group and individual instruction, and proactively reshaping the post-secondary and career curriculum to meet each student cohort's strengths, interests, and needs
  • Developed employment and career portfolio system for students
  • Recruited and organized various opportunities for student-driven advocacy and educational projects, including: obtaining expert interviews for a student-created documentary on adults with ASD, and booking ASAT students as class guest speakers at SCSU and Fairfield University
  • Participated in PPT meetings and worked collaboratively with individuals' family and support staff
  • Served on the on-call supervisor rotation for the ASAT Program
  • Created and developed a "Career Workshop" for the ASAT Program, blending Social Skills, Life Skills, and Employment Skills
  • Developed employment-oriented curriculum, with classes covering: career exploration, hidden rules in the workplace, small business entrepreneurship, job search skills and preparation, and volunteer work experiences
  • Provided learning opportunities for students in the development of self-advocacy, self-identity, and the discovery of new and established skills and strengths.  Projects included "Digital Resumes," in which students thoughtfully created a "resume" in digital story format
  • Researched and secured employment and vocational opportunities for students
    May 2005Aug 2005

    Special Education Teaching Assistant, Day Treatment Program

    Madison-Oneida BOCES of New York State
    • Provided 1:1 support for elementary age student with moderate/severe autism
    • Provided classroom support as a Teaching Assistant in a Day Treatment Program, 4th grade
    Sep 2004May 2005

    Teaching Assistant

    Chenango Nursery School
    • Provided direct instruction and classroom support in nursery school classrooms (ages 6 months - 5 years), and after-school enrichment programs (age 5 years to 12 years)
    Aug 2003Jun 2004

    Special Education Teacher

    Village Glen High School, The Help Group
    • Provided academic instruction to high school students with High Functioning Autism and Asperger's Syndrome.  Taught 5 class periods/day, including U.S. History and English Literature
    Sep 2002Jun 2003

    Certified Montessori Paraprofessional

    Montessori Moppet Centre, Inc.
    • Provided classroom support and direct instruction in a Montessori class, ages 3-4 years old.

    Education

    Projects

    "Beyond Modalities: Supporting Students with Invisible Disabilities Online and In the Classroom," Fairfield University for eVolution Conference (May 25, 2016): Co-Presenter

    "Higher Education & Students with Autism:  What We Know, What We Need to Know, and How We Get There Together," at University of Saint Joseph, sponsored by Center for Higher Education and Retention Excellence (April 1, 2016):  Planning Committee Member and Small Group Facilitator

    "Standing In Your Authority: Mastering Doubt & Taking Risks," University of Saint Joseph, CT AWN, (April 1, 2016): Event Planning Committee Member

    Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (2013): Volunteer Parent to Parent Advocate

    Fairfield University & Roosevelt Elementary School Resource Center, Bridgeport, CT (March, 2012 - June, 2012): Parent Workshop Series Co-Facilitator

    Professional Development

    Landmark College 2015 LD Symposium, Landmark College, 2015

    Helping College Students with Mental Health, Institute of Living Seminar, 2015

    Moving the Needle - Advancing Women Leaders in Higher Education, ACE Women's Network, Mitchell College, 2015

    Social Emotional Learning and Common Core Standards, Social Thinking Workshop (MA)  2014

    ASCONN Annual Autism Conference, Southern Connecticut State University, 2014

    Strategies for Teaching Social Communication Skills to Young Adults with Asperger's Syndrome/High Functioning  Autism, Chapel Haven, Inc. (CT)  2007 - 2011

        Teaching and Supporting Competent Behavior in Young Adults with Challenges, Chapel Haven, Inc. (CT) 2011

        Be Prepared: A Day to Explore the Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood, Autism Spectrum Resource Center (CT) 2011

        Disclosure for Those with ASD, Autism Spectrum Resource Center (CT) 2009

        Life After High School - A Day to Explore Transition, Autism Spectrum Resource Center (CT)  2008

        Employment for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome Workshop Series, Autism Spectrum Resource Center (CT)  2008

        Aging with Autism: Defining the Future Conference, Developmental Disabilities Institute (NY) 2007

        Neurodevelopmental Advances & Best Practices in Autism, Asperger's Disorder, Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, The Help Group Summit (CA)  2004

        Organizations

        National AHEAD (Association on Higher Education and Disabilities)

        Connecticut AHEAD (Association on Higher Education and Disabilities)

        CT ACE (American Council on Education) Women's Network