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Nicole Turman, Anthony Chan, Rita Cheskiewicz

  • September 1st, 2017
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Nicole Turman, Anthony Chan, and Rita Cheskiewicz

Daring to Dream, Part 1
Exploration of Discovery for Transition Planning
Monday, November 13, 9:00am

  • Nicole Turman is the Program Manager ADEPT (Arc Discovery Employment Transitions). She is also a Discovery/Customized Employment Program Specialist. Nicole is nationally certified in Discovery and Customized Employment through Marc Gold & Associates (MG&A). She acts as liaison for others seeking certification in Pennsylvania through The Arc’s partnership with MG&A. She coordinates The Arc of PA’s support to individuals with complex needs who are seeking employment. . Nicole has worked for over 20 years promoting and supporting the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in school and their communities.
  • Anthony Chan is the Assistant Program Manager and Discovery/Customized Employment specialist for The Arc of Pennsylvania’s Arc Discovery Employment and Transitions (ADEPT) program. Anthony is nationally certified in Discovery and Customized Employment through Marc Gold & Associates (MG&A). Anthony is also a certified mentor in Discovery through MG&A and provides guidance to others seeking Discovery certification. He coordinates The Arc of PA’s Discovery and Customized Employment services throughout the state and oversees ADEPT’s database management systems. Prior to his role in ADEPT, Anthony Chan worked for The Arc of PA’s inclusive education initiative, Include Me.
  • Rita Cheskiewicz serves as Director of The Include Me and Arc Discovery Employment and Transitions programs. She has extensive experience navigating the public school system and served as an advocate for students with disabilities for 14 years. Rita is the founder and former president of Time Counts, a nonprofit dedicated to improving literacy among students with significant disabilities. She also served as vice chairperson of the Local Right to Education Task Force in Luzerne and Wyoming Counties for 10 years. A former healthcare executive, she holds a master’s degree in education from Penn State University and a bachelor’s in psychology. She is the parent of a child with an intellectual disability and autism. On both a personal and professional level, Rita understands the struggle for equality, acceptance, and respect that students with disabilities encounter in the school community and beyond.
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