Becoming Autism Confident Through Peer Mentoring and Leadership

Author: Martin Davis

Mr. Davis is the Internal Program Specialist for the Mosaic Program at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Mr. Davis obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Biology. Martin began working with the Mosaic program in the fall of 2012 as a peer mentor for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Through investment of the program, Martin has had many roles in Mosaic and has been an integral part in the development of the four main components of the program. Martin has overseen and developed the current structure of the Mentor component of Mosaic and currently oversees all mentors participating in various roles and aspects of Mosaic. He focuses on student engagement and collaboration at the college level and help students with ASD develop their own self-identity as someone on the Spectrum. As the Internal Specialist for Mosaic, Martin also facilitates many of the academic, department, and faculty/staff trainings that occur at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga that allow the campus as a whole become Autism Confident. Finally, Martin trains and teaches the Mosaic: Mentorship & Leadership course for the Mosaic program that focuses on helping the Mosaic peer mentors become Autism confident and developing leadership skills at the college level. Lastly,...