Gretchen Levine, MA
Gretchen earned a bachelor's degree in Special Education from Hood College and her Master of Arts Education and Human Development at The George Washington University. She is a Special Education teacher with a Graduate Certificate in Brain Injury and Secondary Transition. As a therapeutic consultant for adults she focuses on helping families to address co-occurring developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorders and mental illness.
She specializes in assisting young adults to plan and obtain services for a smooth transition from high school to post-secondary life, both as a former transition teacher with The Katherine Thomas School in Rockville, Maryland and through her work with Eric A. Levine and Associates serving individuals in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia. She is passionate about helping young adults to become full members of their community. Using a person-centered approach she can help individuals to create a comprehensive action plan based on strengths, learning style preferences, and interests. Gretchen draws on her decades of experience to collaborate with private and public community service providers. She ensures that individuals are receiving all of the services for which they are eligible to help with independent living, employment, and post-secondary college options. Gretchen is a creative and effective problem solver in working with families and individuals who are experiencing a crisis. She is committed to empowering families and individuals throughout the process of resolving disability-related challenges.
Gretchen has presented at local, state, and national conferences on a variety of topics related to intellectual and developmental disabilities, inclusion, self-direction, transition planning, post-secondary college options, and customized employment for individuals with disabilities. As a Supervisor and Director of The Arc of Frederick County's Local Services Program, Gretchen was able to implement many new initiatives to enhance community support for children and adults with developmental disabilities. These initiatives included consumer-directed services for children and adults with state and Medicaid funding, Autism service coordination, Preschool inclusion training for childcare providers, specialized adult education classes, and self-advocacy groups. Gretchen then worked with The Way Station, a psychiatric rehabilitation program, to help develop employment programming for people with co-occurring developmental disabilities and mental illness. Gretchen focused on individual outcomes through customized employment planning and leveraging local, state, and federal funding streams for staffing of these services.