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May 2012

Weekly Whirl - Our Impact at IMFAR!

If anyone knows how hectic life can get – WE DO! That’s why we have created the Autism Speaks Weekly Whirl to fill you in on all of the highlights of the week! The last thing we want is for you to be left out of the loop! Please share with friends and family to spread the word about all of the exciting things going on in the autism community.

Employment of Adults with Autism through Small Business

This blog post is by Van Hatchell, Director of Marketing and EV Gifts at Extraordinary Ventures, Inc.

Over the past few years the first wave of children diagnosed with ASD in the early ‘90s have entered adulthood. As their parents searched for things their children could do after high school, they began to realize the difficulties associated with an ASD child’s transition into becoming a functioning member of society. Sure, there are some agencies that help coach those with ASD through small jobs, but there are very few places that actually employ them.

Sobering Picture of Young Adults with Autism

The transition out of the educational system and the process of navigating the new world of adult services can be difficult and complicated.  The study in Pediatrics titled Postsecondary Education and Employment among Youth with an ASD provides important information about the outcomes of individuals with an ASD once they leave the educational system.  We need to continue to evaluate the transition outcomes of all individuals with an ASD, and to develop meaningful transition plans that lead to full lives that may include the opportunity to participate in post-secon