August 6 – 9, 2018
The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
State College, Pennsylvania

Laurie Ackles

Laurie Ackles

Laurie Ackles, LMSW, serves as the director for the Spectrum Support Program at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. The Spectrum Support Program (SSP) was founded in 2008 to address the complex needs of a growing population of RIT students on the autism spectrum. Under Laurie's leadership, SSP has become a national leader in supporting the academic and social success of students on the autism spectrum while also leading the way in helping students prepare for successful employment after graduation. SSP’s Neurodiverse Hiring Initiative, begun in 2017, is focused on creating a pipeline between talented college students on the spectrum and employers seeking neurodiverse talent. Ackles is an NYS certified school social worker, a national speaker, and the author of several publications.

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