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Ep-7 MERISTEM with Executive Director Erin Schrim

September 01, 20231 min read

Meet Erin Schrim from Meristem Fair Oaks. Meristem is dedicated to preparing young adults with autism and other neurodiversity for a life of greater independence and fulfillment. Their three to five year transitional program serves students ages 18-26 from all over the United States.

Together, with the community where he was raised, his education at Syracuse University and

experience as an Orienteering Specialist as well as being mentored by Founder of Transformative

Movement Education and Meristem, Maureen Curran Turtletaub, he has effectively supported and

implemented Meristem’s vision dedicated to preparing young adults on the autism spectrum for a

life of greater independence and fulfillment throughout his career.

As the Executive Director of Meristem, he is committed to Meristem’s philosophy and

implementation of these philosophies using 5 pillars - Land, Craft, Movement, Life Skills and Work

Skills - that make Meristem’s program offerings uniquely different from similar programs. The

Meristem program is designed to meet the developmental needs of a holistic human being. Each

piece of the program has a specific purpose and application that meets a particular part of the

human being. Students engage with the material to transform themselves in the process both

inwardly and outwardly. They employ both a process of specialization and well roundedness which in

turn offers skills that are then transferable to any setting a student chooses to enter into. Meristem’s

goal is to support their students to develop and achieve their individual goals.

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