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Starting Points- A Pathway Toward Paid Permanent Employment with a Paid Internship Program (PIP)

A Six-Series Workshop with Expert Guests Participating Throughout the Sessions

Session One - Paid Internship Program (PIP): Starting Points Toward Matching You with the Right Job
Speaker: Carmen Jimenez-Wynn
Saturday May 15, 2021 at 2-3:30 p.m. PST

This session will take participants through the process of discussing the PIP with the Regional Center Service Coordinator as part of the Individual Program Plan. Part One of Two

Session Two - Understanding Available Resources and Job Search Strategies
Speaker: Regional Center Service Coordinator
Saturday May 22, 2021 at 2-3:30 p.m. PST

This session will take participants through the PIP process. Part Two of Two.

Session Three - Understanding Your Preferences in Order to Find the Job that is Right for You
Speaker: Gary Greene, Ph.D.
Saturday May 29, 2021 at 2-3:30 p.m. PST

This session will help you explore your preferences and strengths in the workplace, and assist you in organizing your workplace permanent products toward employment.

Session Four - Workplace Communication Skills
Speaker: Kristin Kucia
Saturday June 5, 2021 at 2-3:30 p.m. PST

This session will review important soft skills crucial to success in the workplace. Areas of review and practice include workplace etiquette and diplomacy, time and self-management, asking questions, making small talk, providing feedback, and note-taking.

Session Five - Interview Skills Practice
Speaker: Interview Coaches
Saturday June 12, 2021 at 2-3:30 p.m. PST

This workshop will review best practices with interview skills, self-advocacy, and how to speak positively about yourself in an interview.

Session Six- Employment Resource Fair
Speaker: Employment Vendors
Saturday June 19, 2021 at 2-3:30 p.m. PST

This interactive session will feature Employment Vendors who will discuss their programs, and answer all questions you may have.

Cost is a Flat Fee of $365.00 for the workshop series.
The workshop series is vendored by Lanterman Regional Center. It may be available to clients of other Regional Centers as well. Inquire with your Service Coordinator.
Vendor # PD3625

All sessions will be held on Zoom. The Zoom meeting information will be sent out to registrants before each session.

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If you have any questions and to register, contact FAA at 818.662.8847 or

About the Speaker/Facilitator
Kristin Kucia is an educator, a writer, and a curriculum designer with over 20 years of experience teaching and coaching people with differentiated needs. She is the Co-Leader of the Talent/HR Coalition at the BRIC Foundation, an organization that forges career opportunities for women and underrepresented populations in the entertainment industry. She creates and manages internship and mentorship partnerships for diverse artists with the goal of fostering social responsibility and encouraging DEI initiatives in the workplace. Kristin is the mother of a young man with autism, and she is passionate about teaching, coaching, and empowering young adults on the spectrum towards employment opportunities. She published the memoir, "I am my son's first sightword: growing a child with autism" in 2014 and is currently working on her second book. Kristin sits on the Board of Directors at Foothill Autism Alliance.


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