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Making the Connections and Raising Expectations- Evaluating and Preparing for Innovative, STEM Employment

March 21, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to utilize methods to assess the interests, skills, and abilities of their clients.
  • Participants will be able to refer clients to an employer that matches their skills and interests for career exploration.
  • Participants will be able to identify their client’s barriers and challenges to workplace experiences.
  • Participants will be able to identify workplace accommodations for their clients.
  • Participants will be able to evaluate the goals and aspirations of their clients

Summary of Presentation

STEM careers – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math – are the jobs of the future. As science and technology continue to expand into every facet of our lives, STEM fields represent a rapidly increasing percentage of US employment. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts there will be more than 9 million STEM-related jobs by 2022.

How can youth with disabilities access careers in this rapidly growing field? Real-world exposure to exciting tech-driven industries! STEMSkills Summer Camp helps youth build a future in innovative STEM-related fields by providing hands-on skills development, workplace culture training, and career exposure in partnership with high-performing tech companies.

People with disabilities can access high-demand, higher wage STEM industries when we implement the right approaches and supports – to both career seeker and employer. Through partnership with businesses, provider agencies, universities, and Vocational Rehabilitation, we can elevate expectations and help set youth on a path to STEM success!


STEMSkills founder Eric Duer is on a mission to create lasting career opportunities for youth with disabilities by building partnerships with technology-forward, innovative companies. For the past 6 years, Eric has been developing experiences for diverse youth with a variety of abilities, helping them secure jobs, while at the same time understanding the needs of business owners. Eric is captivated with finding employment opportunities for young people in STEM-driven fields, and has been highly effective in helping youth develop relevant skills for the jobs of the future.

In addition to STEMSkills, Eric has worked for a leader in transition, Fairfax County Public Schools, as an Employment and Transition Representative. He holds a M.Ed. in Special Education Transition from George Washington University, a B.A. in Education from Concordia University-Portland, and a B.A. in History from the University of Oregon. Eric also owned and operated a small business with 10 employees for many years.


March 21, 2019
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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