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5860 Access to Autism Friendly Companies and Competitive Employment Opportunities

Friday, July 8, 2011: 11:00 AM-12:15 PM
Tallahassee 123 (Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center)
AMC Theatres’ and the Autism Society teamed up to offer Sensory Friendly Films and F.O.C.U.S. (Furthering Opportunities, Cultivating Untapped Strengths), a program that provides equal opportunities to employment for individuals with autism. Presenters will review how each program began, discuss essential local partners, lessons learned along the way, and how AMC Theatres’ has successfully replicated these programs nationwide. Presenters will discuss ongoing efforts with a variety of corporations to increase sensory friendly environments, improve hiring practices, prepare HR staff and train managers, and provide real access to businesses and competitive jobs. '

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Content Area: Long-term Services and Support


Jennifer Repella
Vice President of Programs
Autism Society

As the Vice President of Programs at the Autism Society, Ms. Repella is responsible for setting and implementing programmatic standards for services delivered throughout the United States via the Autism Society’s network of more than 150 local chapters.

Andy Traub, SPHR
Director of Recruitment
AMC Entertainment

Andy is the Director of Recruitment for AMC Entertainment. Andy has worked in human resources with an emphasis in recruitment for the years. During his tenure at AMC, Andy has implemented a wide variety of strategic recruitment initiatives, including the creation of F.O.C.U.S.; a diversity program that promotes greater