The Maine Career Development Association


Post-Secondary & Career Issues Faced by Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders

About Laura H. DiGalbo

Laura DiGalbo received her M.Ed. from the University of Hartford in counseling. She is a nationally certified Rehabilitation Counselor and has worked in the field of Vocational Rehabilitation and Public Policy for 35 years as a practitioner, supervisor, administrator and consultant.  Ms. DiGalbo was responsible for developing and implementing policy and practice around transition to post-secondary education and employment for all youth, including those with disabilities, for the State of Connecticut.

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  Workshop Schedule


9:00 – 9:30 Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:30 – 11:00 Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in young adults

Foundations of transition

11:00 – 11:15 Break

11:15 – 12:30 Transition from secondary to post-secondary  education

Models of collaboration to promote success

12:30 – 1:15 Lunch and MCDA Annual Meeting

1:15 – 2:45 Navigating post-secondary education & entering employment

2:45 – 3:00 Break

3:00 – 4:00 Strategies for maintaining employment & career development

Reflections & evaluation


Participants will:

  • Develop an understanding of the unique needs of young adults with ASD 

  • Learn about a model of collaboration among educators, counselors, persons with ASD and their families which promotes successful transition to adulthood

  • Leave with strategies for developing independent functioning in post-secondary education & employment for young adults with ASD

  • Engage in lively discussions about career issues for this diverse population

  • Enhance skills through hands-on activities

 Sponsored by the Maine Career Development Association, 

A Division of the Maine Counseling Association

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