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Solutions for families and corporations dealing with autism, ADHD, and similar social challenges at all ages.

A Look Inside An Autism-Friendly Workplace And Culture

Our discussion started with the enormous grassroots activity of the past few years, the expanding corporate autism employment initiatives, and the explosion of autism in popular culture. Our focus, though, became workplace culture. Many in our autism community did get jobs, only to lose them shortly thereafter. So much of current workplace culture makes retention of adults on the autism spectrum an uphill struggle. Read more here.

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Why 'High Functioning' Autism Is So Challenging

The fact is that life with severe autism is extraordinarily difficult. Logic would suggest that people on the high end of the spectrum have it easy—as do their families and teachers. After all, people with high functioning autism are often very bright and may have impressive talents. But the reality is quite different. Read more here. 

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Spectrum Designs Expansion Inspires Documentary

Mackey decided to film a feature-length documentary, This Business of Autism, about Spectrum Designs’s move down the street to a larger facility that will enable the organization to employ 50 more workers. But soon the film took on a life of its own, as it morphed into a larger story about opportunities for adults with autism throughout the country. Read more here.

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Matt manages a team of people - he's never spoken to any of them

When Ryan Mattock, co-founder of startup CommissionCrowd, needed to recruit a web developer three years ago, he received an inquiry from a potential employee, Matt Skillings.

Their conversation, over email, led to Skillings being hired by Mattock. He is now the company’s chief development officer and leads a team of four. But Mattock and his colleagues have never spoken over the phone with Skillings, or met him in person. Read more here. 

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He's got the will. Can he find a way?

In the past decade, Tom Whalen, a 27-year-old Baltimore County man, has had jobs at an animal shelter, a mailroom, multiple grocery stores, a doggy day-care center and a landscaping company. He is chatty, outgoing and engaging, quick to win over strangers and ask for opportunities. Then, in short order, he loses them.

"He could get jobs," says his mother, Sue.

"The problem is maintaining them," adds his father, Ed. Read more here.

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Promoting neurodiversity - A pilot program at EY recruits workers with autism

Though communication and social interactions can be difficult, many with autism excel at data analysis, looking at problems from different angles and spotting solutions that may elude others. Data analysis is a needed skill in accounting, and those with autism can excel in environments that meet their needs — often a quiet workplace without significant distractions. Read the full story here.

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Autism-Related Challenges Persist Well Into Adulthood, Study Shows

As adults with autism mature and move into middle age, they are finding it difficult to live independently, hold down jobs and sustain relationships, researchers say.

A new study is providing a glimpse into the daily lives of adults with autism as they hit their 30s and 40s, a time period that’s traditionally received little attention from researchers looking at the developmental disorder. Read the full story here.

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Is Nonverbal Communication a Numbers Game?

How often have you heard someone say over 80% (or even 90%) of communication is body language or nonverbal?  Perhaps even you might have said it, but do you know where it originates from?

The numbers represent the percentages of importance that varying communication channels have. The belief is that 55% of communication is body language, 38% is the tone of voice, and 7% is the actual words spoken. Read the full story here.

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Employees on autism spectrum are bringing excellence and acceptance to workplace

Education and therapy techniques have made tremendous strides in teaching the way an autistic student can learn, but what happens after degrees are earned? Very capable and eager pools of employees are passed up because the poise factor may never be displayed in the typical job interview.

Major companies are making decisions to catch up for lost time and specifically capture employees from the autistic community. Read the full story here.

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The growing acceptance of autism in the workplace

Last April, 50 big-name companies -- including JP Morgan, Ford and Ernst & Young -- came together for a summit on how to bring more autistic adults into the workforce. It was hosted at the Silicon Valley campus of German software maker SAP, which was one of the first large companies to reach out to the autistic community. Read the full story here.

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A Glimpse Into Autism Through His Eyes

A powerful post from a participant with our friends at Project REX in SC - A glimpse of what it’s like to see the world through his eyes. Read the full story here

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Unpopular children: Why don't they like me?

Every parent wants their child to be popular. And whatever they may say, deep down every child wants friends. But much more than just being a popularity contest, all the research – including a recent study for the Children's Society – has found that having good relationships with peers is one of essential elements for self-esteem, happiness and success in life. Read the full article HERE

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Millennials with Disabilities: A Large, Invisible Talent Cohort with Innovative Potential

A new study from the Center for Talent Innovation (CTI) found that, according to the 2015 US government's definition of disability, 30 percent of professionals have a disability. Fully a third of Millennial professionals have a disability—a higher rate than Boomers or Gen-Xers. Read the full story HERE...
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Girls with autism need help honing social skills in realistic settings

Everyone has difficulties fitting in during school and it can be even harder for those with autism. READ this article to see how this incredible young women with Autism, Nicole Brettell, has started her own social skills group at the University of Kansas. She is breaking the barriers and talking about how young girls on the spectrum need more guidance with social skills.  

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Girls' social camouflage skills may delay or prevent autism diagnosis

New studies are showing that current clinical tools are failing at capturing the different autism symptoms that are prevelant in young girls. READ this article and gain insight into how young girls with autism are facing a different struggle then young boys on the spectrum.  

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Answering That Terrifying Question: “What Will Happen to My Special Needs Child Without Me?”

All parents that have a special needs child have asked themselves, "What will happen to my child without me?", and this is generally a tough question for parents to answer. Not only is this a tough question to answer, but it is hard to know where to begin when planning your childs future without you there. READ this article and gather 6 helpful tips that can help you answer, "What will happen to my child without me". 

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'I’ve spent 30 years on the telly trying my best to act normal'

Many individuals hide in fear of their Aspergers or Autism diagnosis for many different reasons, either they do not want to be judged or scared of how others will treat them. Public figure, Chris Packham, goes in depth as to why he hid his diagnosis from others in the television business and explains why he is opening up now. READ this article and gain insight on how he is changing the face of television.  

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To Really Assist Our Kids, We Have to Stop Being Their Personal Assistants

Part of parenting is transferring competencies. Learned helplessness is truly debilitating. Read on for an entertaining and oh-so-true example!

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Even teachers now say that academics are not the key to kids’ success

We have all heard the saying, "Get a good education and you will get a good job", but a good education is not always enough. This week we are looking at life skills and this article examines why life skills are important for students to learn while in school. READ and see the benefits of learning life skills earlier in life. 

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Adults with autism will get a new housing community in Phoenix

Every year more and more people are being diagnosed with Autism, because of this more programs are becoming available to those with disabilities. With these programs they are able to live more independantly and become fufilled individuals. The ability to live alone is something that everyone strives to be able to do or experience at one point in their lives. For those with Autism and similar disabilities this milestone may be harder to achieve, but society is striving to make this a posibility. Community housing is making new waves in different cities across the states and a city in Arizona is working around to open a new housing center for those with disabilities. READ this article to see how this center is not only working to provide housing, but also a transition program for more independance! 

 

 

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