Online Peer Mentoring Program for High School Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
First Children’s online peer mentoring program for high school students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is facilitated by David Hummel, a recent college graduate diagnosed with ASD, along with a behavior technician. Topics will include basic cooking lessons, resume development, choosing the right college or trade school, making friends and sustaining relationships, and internet safety. The goal of this program is to provide peer support and an opportunity to learn skills from someone who has successfully navigated the road to independence.
Meet the Facilitator
David Hummel is a recent graduate of Saint Joseph’s University with a double major in history and religious studies and a minor in American studies. After being diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at age 7, David made it his purpose to help others including those with ASD. He spent three years working at the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support, learning about applied behavior analysis (ABA). David provided services to individuals of various ages through the center. He served as an ambassador for the center speaking at various events supporting the center. David also served as the peer coordinator for the Aspire program, a program that provides peer support for college students with ASD. A lifelong resident of Philadelphia, David still lives in the city and remains an advocate for individuals with ASD.
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