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Finding Resources: Part Two
March 22nd, 2018

computerworkcareersalarymoneyjobtransitionelectronicstechnologylearngrowskillsfeaturedimageThis is the second part to Kat Albee’s blog post Finding Resources. In the conclusion of her blog series, Kat includes additional guidance for how those in the autism community can continue to advocate for themselves.   Using The Internet If you are reading this, then you have an advantage unique in all of human history. No, it’s...

Finding Resources
March 15th, 2018

computerbookworkadultcareermoneyjoblearntransitioncollegeuniversityschoolstudentfeaturedimageSelf-advocate Kat Albee highlights ways in which those on the spectrum can be resourceful and hold onto a positive outlook in a variety of real-world situations. This is Part One of her post. Part Two will be featured in next week’s blog.   Changing Your Mindset I recently read a memoir called Growing Up Yanomamo. It’s about...

Sprinting Toward Autism Awareness Month
March 6th, 2018


Autism Parents: You Must Be Selfish
February 28th, 2018

dadfatherchildbabyinfanttoddlergrowlovefamilyparentfeaturedimageAs a father of children with autism, Rob Gorski emphasizes the importance of self-care as a parent of children on the spectrum. This blog post was originally posted on I’ve been an Autism parent for almost seventeen years. In other words, I’ve done this a very, very long time. Along the way, I’ve learned countless lessons....

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...