Ryan Berman graduated in 2010 with a Masters’ Degree including a Certificate of Honor for Outstanding Academic Achievement in Social Work (with a concentration in Children, Youth, Women and Families). He has worked with The Miracle Project for over a decade. Ryan is also a Master Teacher and has trained parents, professionals, and volunteers on the tenets of The Miracle Project program and philosophies, and Elaine Hall’s Inclusion from WithIn and Seven Keys to Unlock Autism methodologies. Ryan has worked with individuals with various disabilities for over 12 years, providing a variety of services, skills, and resources to families and children impacted by autism and other disabilities. Ryan applies his training as a consultant for families seeking independence and transition services for children, teens, and young adults with autism by utilizing: DIR/Floortime; Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA); Facilitated Communication; and his certification as a Registered Behavior Technician. Working closely with families, he provides comprehensive in-home consultations and individualized treatment plans tailored to each family’s needs and goals.
Ryan accepted a role as a panelist on transitioning to adulthood at the United Nations on Autism Awareness Day. Also, Ryan has been a co-leader in multiple training experiences in the autism field, both internationally and nationally. Ryan has co-led multiple trainings in conjunction with The Miracle Project, including: 7-Keys to Unlock Autism, Inclusion from WithIn, and The Miracle Project’s Expressive and Performing Arts trainings in Hong Kong for Greater China, Brown University, the Mayo Performing Arts Center in New Jersey, and Abilities First Art Inspired Academy in Springfield, MO. Ryan also offers his skills as a consultant for various organizations in disability programing, marketing and program implementation.
Ryan is proud to be a board member of Autism Society of Los Angeles, whose mission is to improve the lives of all affected by autism in Los Angeles County by empowering individuals with autism, their families, and professionals through advocacy, education, support, and community collaboration. During his experiences with those in the community, Ryan recognized the need for career development for individuals that have developmental barriers to lasting employment. To help with this need, Ryan has developed a unique curriculum for young adults seeking employment, including a specific workbook to allow young adults to identify passions, interests, and career opportunities in a self-directed and enjoyable way. This workbook is a durable tool to allow young adults to self-advocate in a concrete manner.
Ryan is eager to continue deepening his roots in the in the community and to provide opportunities for all abilities.