In the Spring of 2018, The Arc applied for a grant through the OPWDD Family Support Services Program (FSS) to fund a part-time Autism Training & Support Specialist position. We were awarded this grant and in October 2018, Ellen Friedler agreed to move into this role in addition to her other duties providing group training to people we support.
The Autism Training & Support Specialist assists people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families with selecting the best suited program, with discovering and developing effective service delivery strategies, and with staff training to help integrate the person into their environment. Our goal is to help improve social relationships, social outcomes, and help the person to be successful.
Ellen attended TEACCH, a nationally recognized Autism training program offered through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. TEACCH provides exemplary training programs for students and current professionals to ensure a well-qualified autism workforce to meet the expanding numbers of individuals with ASD across the lifespan.