Adam Soffrin began his career in special education as an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland. After completing his undergraduate studies in Elementary Special Education, he decided to stay at the University of Maryland to pursue his Master’s in Special Education, with a focus in severe and profound disabilities. Following his completion of graduate school, he moved on to teach in a School-Community Based classroom in Montgomery County, Maryland. There he worked with elementary-aged students with moderate to severe cognitive, physical and/or behavioral disabilities. While teaching at Cashell Elementary School, Adam created the Cashell Buddies program, pairing the students in his School-Community Based classroom with typically developing peers, providing an excellent opportunity for peer social modeling, as well as inclusive education.
During his summers away from the classroom, Adam worked with the local rec department to develop and manage their Inclusion Program, pairing specially-trained and supervised counselors one-on-one with camper’s with disabilities. He also created behavior plans and managed special services to accommodate for campers' different needs.
Adam supervised the Shalom Chapter of BBYO, a Jewish youth group for teens with disabilities. As supervisor, Adam was responsible for planning and chaperoning trips ranging from recreation and leisure to community service to social events. Adam also acted as an ambassador to the typical teen chapters, educating them and facilitating social interactions between his chapter and their typically-developing peers.