The Paralegal Assistant Training “PLAT” Program has been highlighted in a seminal report entitled “Massachusetts Healthy People 2020 Autism Roadmap” published by the U Mass Medical School Shriver Center. The Autism Higher Education Foundation program is mentioned under the title; “Future possibilities: Transition to Adult Life.” You can read more here.
This year I have had the opportunity to work as a job coach with a student at the Essex County Family and Probate Court through the Paralegal Assistant Training Program (PLAT) offered by the Autism Higher Education Foundation. At his internship, my student sorts, organizes, and scans files, inputs data into their computer system, and […]
By Alexandra Lapkin, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly For years, Vanda M. Khadem poked around for job opportunities for her daughter, a 20-year-old who’s on the autism spectrum. Khadem considered all sorts of possibilities — even farming — until she had an “epiphany.” “I asked Sarah: ‘Why don’t you help me in my office?’” recalls Khadem, a […]
“Working with the PLAT program has been such a great benefit for our students. It has given them a platform to flourish and prove their skills and value within the law office community. We have seen a few of our students dramatically increase their ability to self-monitor, focus, manage time, and problem solve in an […]
“The Paralegal Assistant Training Program provides wonderful opportunities for development in job skills and independence in the community for students that need a structured environment and approach. I currently have two students working in different settings in the Boston area. They are proud of their work and relationships that have developed with co-workers. My students […]
BROOKLINE By Laura Lovett For Vanda Marie Khadem, founder of Autism Higher Education Foundation, music is an emotional outlet. Growing up she was too impatient to learn to read music, so she taught herself by ear. As an adult she composed. She is now a family lawyer but has kept up with music, something […]
The Autism Higher Education Foundation Pioneers Programs for Those with Autism: From Alliances with Universities and Colleges to Provide Avenues to Higher Education to a Pioneering Effort with the Boston Conservatory to Offer Musical Instruction, the Autism Higher Education Foundation Is Opening Doors of Opportunity to Adults with Autism The incidence of autism has […]
Founder and President Vanda Marie Khadem is an attorney in private practice at Khadem Law Office. Vanda has been in practice for over 25 years. She specializes in all aspects of family law, as a litigator, mediator, Parent Coordinator and Guardian Ad Litem involving special needs children. In addition, she also represents families of children […]