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Disclosing Autism on the Job? Yes or No?
February 22nd, 2018

wallstreetstreetsignlabelcitylifebuildingbusycareerjobmoneysaveworkfeaturedimageThis blog is a cross-post from the The Hire Autism Blog. It was originally published on Linkedin. In the article, Microsoft Wants Autistic Coders. Can It Find Them And Keep Them?” Vauhini Vara reported: “ . . . millions of adults with autism often find themselves in a difficult bind. They struggle to get and keep jobs...

To the Siblings of a Brother or Sister with Autism
February 15th, 2018

siblingssisterfriendhugloverelationshipfamilycarebondfeaturedimageCollege student Bailey Geehring not only shares her insights and personal experience growing up with a sibling with ASD, but also what she has learned to appreciate in hindsight. Dear fellow siblings of a brother or sister with autism, Today I am speaking to you not as a parent or a school counselor who thinks they know...

TEAM MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: LIBBY FINK
February 8th, 2018

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Create Better Spaces: Autistic-Friendly Designs
January 29th, 2018

citylandscapefreejobworkcareeradultwaterfeaturedimageThis post was originally published on PDR’s blog and is re-posted here with the author’s permission.  Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurobehavioral condition, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in every 68 births have autism in the United States. Individuals with this condition may experience hypersensitivity of the senses, difficulty understanding what...

Staying on Track in 2018
January 25th, 2018

computer + featured imageThis blog was originally published on Milestones Autism Resources Blog and is re-posted with permission. You can check out the original blog here. As families look to the year ahead, it is natural to ask yourself how you can better ensure a more productive and positive year for your loved one on the spectrum. Teen...

Accepting Others’ Experiences
January 16th, 2018

familyselfietechnologysmartphonepicturephototraveltogethermomdadmotherfathersiblingfeaturedimageSelf-advocate Kat Albee shares her knowledge on how to approach responding diplomatically in the blogosphere taking into consideration peoples’ differences and varying points of views.  I was diagnosed at the age of 19 with a mild form of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and as someone directly affected by ASD, I like to consider myself an...

Why I take my son on vacation in spite of his challenges
January 10th, 2018

dadfatherchildkidparentparentingsiblingwalknatureoutdoorsoutsidepeacecalmfeaturedimageLike every summer, we went on a vacation. Like most summers, it was a beach vacation. Like most vacations, my son’s autism made the trip more challenging. Would I still go for a vacation next year ? Yes, of course ! I can’t let meltdowns and anxieties come in the way of a new adventure....

I Have Nonverbal Autism. Here’s What I Want You to Know.
January 3rd, 2018

ideathoughtworkcareermoneysalaryjobbrainplangoalfuturegrowfeaturedimageThis blog first appeared on the author’s personal blog, and is re-posted here with permission. I want people to know autism is another way of being. I am weary of stereotypes that make us out to be less human than neurotypical people. I have listened to people talk negatively about autism since I was diagnosed...

How To Hire Someone With Autism
December 27th, 2017

workcareerjobmoneysalarypaysuittietransitionformalskilltechnologyworkforcefeaturedimageThis post was originally published on the author’s website and is re-posted here with permission.  Less than a third of all autistic adults are employed, either full-time or part-time. Less than a third.  That means out of 3.5 million people with autism, only about 1 million of those people are employed. Most of them aren’t making...

How I Explained My Son’s Autism to His Siblings
December 20th, 2017

Featured Image Blog 15 ChildThis post originally appeared on The Mighty. It is re-posted here with permission. I am raising three unique individual humans. I have a 6-year-old boy who is not a morning person, is smart but “lazy” and has a huge heart. My 4-year-old daughter loves all things creepy, is so sassy and is a mother hen. My...

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Emerging Blood Test May Make ASD Easier to Diagnose
February 23rd, 2018

booktravelsafetyeducationcollegeuniversityreadingwritingfeaturedimageAccording to a study released on Feb. 18th, researchers from the University of Warwick have come out with a blood test they say will be able to predict ASD with 90% accuracy. Though this blood test is a long way from being an “autism test” due to small sample size and it being in the early stages...

“Dina” Follows Real-Life Story of Couple with Autism
February 22nd, 2018

lovedatingrelationshipsexengagedmarriagemarriedweddingloveringhugsmilehappyfamilyfeaturedimageThe 2017 documentary “Dina”, directed and produced by Dan Sickles and Antonia Santini, details the real-life experiences of engaged couple Scott Levin and Dina Buno, both of whom are on the spectrum. Though the documentary only follows one couple’s specific journey, it marks a progressive step in that Hollywood is making more of an attempt to move away from...

Boy Invents Game for Sister with Autism
February 21st, 2018

gameboardgamefunplaykidskidchildadultteenmoneylearngrowcareerfeaturedimageTen year old Kusa Xiong of Minnesota has always tried to look out for his older sister with autism, Pahnuly. He recently has invented a unique version of ping pong that has proven to be not only an influential therapeutic tool for Pahnuly, but has also drastically helped with her motor coordination and social skills. Kusa’s...

Need for Increased Awareness of Depression in ASD Population
February 20th, 2018

womangirlcomputerworkworkingcareermoneylearnschoolcollegeuniversitytechnologyelectronicsfeaturedimagA recent study conducted at the University of Nottingham found that adults with autism are often not effectively diagnosed with depression because of a lack of specific assessment tools. Dr. Sarah Cassidy states that autism and depression often have several overlapping symptoms, and because current tools are designed for people without ASD, we may miss...

Increasing Acceptance of Autism in the Workplace
February 19th, 2018

employer employee employment work running featured imageJob skills of those on the #autism spectrum can present themselves in surprising and unique ways. Companies with a nationwide influence such as Microsoft are changing their hiring process in hopes of removing emphasis on social skills and instead engaging in team building activities. The fact that more young people with ASD are not only...

Connection Between ADHD and “Baby Sibs” of Those with ASD
February 16th, 2018

siblingssisterfriendhugloverelationshipfamilycarebondfeaturedimageUp to 80% of those with ASD also meet criteria for ADHD, leaving siblings of those on the spectrum with a higher risk of developing the condition. Dr. Sally Ozonoff and her team at UC Davis are currently analyzing results from a study where hundreds of children were videotaped to monitor for hyperactive behaviors. Since the...

How Children Experience Autism
February 15th, 2018

Featured Image Blog 15 ChildBBC News offers a wide variety of insight, some from personal accounts, that describe how today’s children with autism experience day-to-day life and interact with others. In particular, autism is often experienced and expressed differently according to a child’s gender.  Strategies that supports can use to provide assistance are also included.

Advances for Autism Challenge Starts Today
February 14th, 2018

boychildkidoutsideeyeshairplayschoolfamilyhomeparentsmomdadfeaturedimageStarting today and up until March 14, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill needs your help in funding for one of their most successful projects. The autism team at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute has come out with cutting edge evidence based practices that are generating exceptional results from teachers nationwide. 

STEM Businesses Could Benefit From Those with Autism
February 13th, 2018

workcareerjobmoneysalarypaysuittietransitionformalskilltechnologyworkforcefeaturedimageErnst and Young, a STEM business based in Dallas, recently hired ten individuals with autism and saw nearly immediate results with improvements with innovation and problem-solving. They state: “We believe the specialized talents of neurodiverse people will help us make our work continually more efficient and our workforce more productive, and we are consistently impressed with...

Skype May Aid Those with ASD with Communication
February 12th, 2018

smartphonelaptopelectronicstechnologylearnipadwomangirlworkcareerjobfeaturedimageThree weeks into Skype sessions with a speech therapist at UC Davis’ MIND Institute, an Iowa mother can already see the communication differences in her 14 year-old son with Fragile-X syndrome (who also meets criteria for autism). Skype allows those on the autism spectrum and their families to receive high quality therapy without the expenses and inconvenience...