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How "Disabled" Youth with Autism Enabled Our Workplace

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Burlington, ON L7L 5R8

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You're invited to the Health Leadership Academy's Collaboratorium Talk


How "Disabled" Youth with Autism Enabled Our Workplace

Dr. Georgiades has been studying autism for 15 years but always from a distance – He would come up with a research idea, design a study, secure funding, recruit children/youth with autism, and try to understand their “impaired” ways of communicating and functioning.

All that changed last year when his team received research funding to evaluate the Job-Train Program (JTP), a 12-week program providing vocational training and work experiences for youth with autism.

This project was different, in many ways. It reflected a true partnership between three different community entities: McMaster University, Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, and Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services. But more importantly, it allowed researchers to “move closer” to the participants by having these youth work within the research team, as part of their experiential work placement.

In this presentation, Dr. Georgiades will discuss how working alongside students with autism has forever changed the way he thinks as a researcher, as an educator, as a father, and as a citizen. He will then share some brainstorming ideas on how we can refine our education, healthcare, and vocational systems to create opportunities for individuals with autism to access the necessary supports and services so they can lead fulfilling lives and make their own unique and much-needed contributions to Society.

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12:00 - 1:00 PM: Presentation

1:00 - 1:30 PM: Networking




DR. STELIOS GEORGIADES, BA, MA, PHD

Dr. Stelios Georgiades is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University. He is Co-Director of the McMaster Autism Research Team (MacART), Co-Founder of the Child Health Specialization in the Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc.) Program, and a Core Member of the Offord Centre for Child Studies.

Dr. Georgiades’ program of research investigates developmental trajectories and clinical and biological heterogeneity in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Neurodevelopmental disorders. He is Co-lead for the McMaster site for the Pathways study, a Canada-wide longitudinal study of children and youth with ASD, and a Co-Principal Investigator for the Province of Ontario Neurodevelopmental (POND) Network, a provincial research program working on improving outcomes for children with Neurodevelopmental disorders.

Dr. Georgiades is also an Expert Scientist appointed by the Federal Minister of Health on the Working Group for the Canadian Autism Partnership and sits on the ASD Clinical Expert Committee of the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

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