Conference Presentation: Kennedy Center 2017 Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) Conference

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On August 8, 2017, MAC’s Supporting Transitions team presented at the Kennedy Center 2017 Leadership Exchange
in Arts and Disability (LEAD) Conference. Along with Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, ESMoA, and Birch
Family Services, MAC presented a session titled “Supporting Transitions: Creating Meaningful Internships for
Individuals with Autism and Developmental Disabilities.” Participants enjoyed an overview of the Supporting
Transitions project followed by varied internship models for individuals with developmental disabilities,
including methods to train individuals to join the cultural workforce. The presenters shared a 360-degree perspective
for supporting individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities as they transition to adulthood
and engage in cultural organizations through internship programs and job training in order to develop an
inclusive cultural workforce.

Presenters:
Aliza Greenberg, Project Leader, Supporting Transitions, Museum Access Consortium
Katie Fanning, Coordinator, Guest Services & Accessibility, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Holly Crawford, Manager of Education, artlab21/ESMoA
Kari-Ann Wanat, Assistant Director of New Frontier, Birch Family Services
Alison Mahoney, Project Manager, Supporting Transitions, Museum Access Consortium
Morgan Spatola, Employment Training Specialist Coordinator, Birch Family Services