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Zosia is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor with almost 15 years of experience working with disabled individuals.He is the Manager of Programs and Education at Towson University's Hussman Center for Adults with Autism and teaches autism and disability courses in the College of Health Professions.He has worked with disabled individuals for almost 15 years and serves on the Maryland State Rehabilitation Council.Zaks provides professional development workshops around the country on both disability and gender variance issues and teaches autism and disability studies courses as a Visiting Instructor in the College of Health Professions.
Zosia also consult on projects that promote self-advocacy and authentic community integration, and is a national speaker and writer.He serves on the board of Itineris, Inc., a local agency that provides employment support to adults on the autism spectrum, and on the Maryland State Rehabilitation Council.
Zosia Zaks, M.S., M.Ed., works as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC).He writes and speaks about disability issues, and teaches courses on autism at Towson University.He served on the Maryland Commission on Autism from 2009-2012, is currently a member of the Maryland State Rehabilitation Council, and continues to serve on the boards or advisory councils of several local and national autism organizations.
Zosia Zaks, M.Ed., C.R.C.
Facilitating Future Success Now: What Parents Can Do From an Insider's Perspective
Often parents of children, teenagers, and young adults on the autism spectrum wonder what they can do to best help their son or daughter to prepare for a successful adulthood.
Zosia Zaks, M.Ed., C.R.C., a disability counselor who is also on the autism spectrum, shares key cornerstones for success gleaned from several decades of personal and professional experience.
You'll hear why self-advocacy, exposure to the world of work, reducing social vulnerability, and even some failures are so important now, for success later.
About the Presenter
Zosia Zaks, M.Ed., C.R.C. is the Manager of Programs and Education at Towson University's Hussman Center for Adults with Autism in Baltimore.
In addition to developing and running programs for adults across the spectrum, he teaches courses on autism and disability issues; supervises students who work as peer mentors in Hussman Center programs; and provides staff training and professional development across the university system.
Before working at Towson University, Zaks worked as a disability counselor, utilizing a strengths-based model to empower individuals with disabilities.Zaks continues to write and speak on autism issues; maintains a special outreach to underserved communities; and serves on the boards of several local and national autism organizations, advocating at the state and federal level on behalf of individuals on the autism spectrum, their families, and the professionals who work with them.Zaks was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of 31.
It was out of his own personal struggles that he endeavored to make the road a bit smoother for others.
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Zosia Zaks, M.Ed., C.R.C., Certified Rehabilitation CounselorZosia Zaks is a nationally Certified Rehabilitation Counselor with a master's degree from Hunter College in rehabilitation counseling.Zosia provides children and adults on the autism spectrum and their families evidence-based strategies and supports for successful participation at school, at work, and in the community.
Zosia also provides job development and employment support for disabled adults utilizing a Customized Employment model.
Having worked with individuals with disabilities and their families for over ten years, Zosia offers effective and experienced counseling around the most pertinent challenges faced by individuals and families coping with disabilities.
In addition to counseling, Zosia provides staff training, conducts research on special disability topics, and consults on the state and federal levels to impact disability policy.
He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Itineris, Inc.; as a member of the Advisory Panel of Persons on the Spectrum of Autism of the Autism Society of America; as an Executive Committee Member of the Autistic Global Initiative; and as a self-advocate on the Maryland Commission on Autism.Zosia has authored numerous articles and the book Life and Love: Positive Strategies for Autistic Adults (AAPC 2006); and speaks around the country on issues of importance to the autism community.
He teaches post-graduate courses on autism at Towson University in the College of Health Professions, where he hopes to inspire the next generation of disability professionals to embrace a strengths-based and person-centered perspective when providing services.
At The Village Family Support Center of Baltimore, Mr. Zaks provides counseling, consulting, lifespan planning, and family education for individuals with disabilities and their loved ones, with a particular outreach to the adult autism community.
Mr. Zaks also provides specialty services including advocacy in the court system and sexuality education
Our next edition this fall will be a special edition focusing on issues related to employment for people on the autism spectrum and will feature two guest editors: Zosia Zaks, Adjunct Professor at Towson University's Autism Studies Program, Andy Traub, Owner at Traub & Associates Consulting.