Elaine Shields has worked for the last decade with a wide range of individuals with special needs, and has her M.Ed. in Severe Disabilities as well as a graduate level Certificate in Applied Behavioral Analysis from Ball State University. Elaine is a Special Education Teacher for Brookline Public Schools, where she runs the Bridge Program. This program serves students ages 18-22 with developmental disabilities who require highly structured, individualized transition services. Elaine collaborates with service providers, employers, and others in the Boston community to develop curriculum and assist in job development for her students. Elaine has multiple students involved in the PLAT program who have gained paid employment in law firms in the Boston area following success in the training program. In addition to her work as a teacher, Elaine is the President and co-founder of the non-profit, the MUSE (Music, Unity, and Social Expansion) Foundation. MUSE provides social mentoring programs for young adults with developmental disabilities via participation of weekly multi-instrumental music ensemble rehearsals, private lessons, participation in concerts, and participation in a variety of social functions.