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Spotlight on Research Breakfast

The Spotlight on Research Breakfast (SORB) and Symposium is held annually, hosted by the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital to highlight the many achievements of Glenrose researchers, academic partners and industrial collaborators. The event provides a unique opportunity for researchers, healthcare providers and industry professionals to learn about current research in addition to offering an excellent opportunity for networking.

Distinguished keynote speakers from past events include:

Thursday, October 20th - 2016 Spotlight on Research Breakfast & Poster Symposium

Pathways to Employment for Youth and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Youth with ASD have among the most difficult transitions to adulthood as evidenced by chronic under- and unemployment, lack of engagement and lack of independent living after high school. It appears that these youth also have different high school experiences than their peers with other disabilities. Specifically, youth with ASD appear to have fewer opportunities to develop self-determination and career development. This situation may be able to be remedied by changes in the high school curriculum.

This year, the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital is pleased to announce Dr. Carol Schall as the keynote speaker. Dr. Schall is Co-Director, Virginia Commonwealth University Autism Center for Excellence; Director, Virginia Autism Resource Center and the Principal Investigator in the development of the Community Based Functional Skills Assessment for Transition Aged Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders, a grant funded by Autism Speaks.

Dr. Schall has over 30 years of experience supporting adolescents and adults with ASD as a teacher, group home supervisor, administrator, researcher, and consultant. Dr. Schall provided positive behavior support, consultation and instructional technical assistance for the Project SEARCH Plus ASD Supports program for the past eight years at Virginia Commonwealth University. She was also the research coordinator for this project. Additionally, Dr. Schall has consulted nationally and internationally on issues related to adolescents and young adults with ASD.

Dr. Schall will review research regarding employment outcomes for youth with ASD as well as review three important pathways to employment. These pathways are pre-employment internships, supported employment and customized employment. She will also provide specific examples regarding the supports youth and adults with ASD use to acquire and maintain employment in community-based, integrated environments. A separate Master Class with Dr. Schall will be held after the Breakfast. This session will specifically focus on essential skills that youth with ASD need to successfully transition from school to employment upon graduation from high school. Dr. Schall will be using case studies to illustrate these skills as well as discuss teaching and support strategies.

To Register: glenrose.spotlight.dojiggy.com 

Research Poster Symposium

This research poster symposium is aimed at stimulating discussions of recent advances, experiences and challenges as well as providing an opportunity to showcase cutting-edge research within rehabilitation medicine. Abstracts should discuss and report on initiatives, projects, collaborations, research, innovations or program evaluations that have taken place or are currently taking place related to issues impacting GRH patient populations. We are seeking abstracts/posters that fit into one of two streams: Fundamental/Applied Research and Clinical Innovations. Submissions can be made in either of these two areas.

Four posters will be selected under each of the two streams. Finalists will be notified at the event and will be invited to present to a panel of judges during the adjudicated portion of the symposium. Awards will be presented to best poster authors.

To submit an abstract/poster to the Poster Symposium, please read the Call for Posters/Abstracts for process and details.

Deadline for abstract submission is: Friday, September 2, 2016 @ 4:00 p.m.; Deadline for poster submission is: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 @ 4:00 p.m.