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September 09, 2014

Autism Speaks staffer Kerry Magro interviewed Tiffany Johnson to discuss her work as a doctoral candidate at Pennsylvania State University’s College of Business. As a member of the Management & Organization department, she has been using survey and interview data to better understand the workplace experiences of adults with autism spectrum disorders.

Kerry Magro: Hey Tiffany! Can you tell our audience a little bit about your background in the field of autism?

September 08, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (September 8, 2014) -- Autism Speaks has named Angela Lello, a policy expert in Medicaid and longterm care and the mother of a child with autism, as its first Director of Housing and Community Living. The position was created in response to the rapid growth of individuals with autism "aging out" of school-based services into adulthood and the lack of services that await them.

August 25, 2014

(August 25, 2014) - Aaron Seldomridge is a 21-year-old with autism whose parents are focused on integrating him into his local community as much as possible. 

During Aaron's first trip to his local Starbucks in March, his mom asked barista Anisa Dujnic if they had a picture menu he might use to order. On his next visit, Anisa came over with one and walked him through the ordering process using the pictures. From there, a unique bond was formed.

August 20, 2014

(August 20, 2014) - Like many others with autism, Lindsay Thompson faced challenges emotionally, mentally and physically. Lindsay, who has Asperger Syndrome, had a very difficult time with trust and affection. 

At the same time, six-year-old horse Joleen was known for her violent outbursts and challenging behaviors. But when the two met one afternoon, everything changed remarkably.

August 19, 2014

(August 19, 2014) -- Tragic stories involving the abuse of individuals with autism continue to appear on the news across the country, a few of which occurred in recent weeks.

Florida - The case of Aaron Hill has garnered national attention in recent days. Two adults were arrested in Okeechobee, Florida after a video surfaced showing Hill being attacked at a party while several people stood around and did nothing to stop the abuse. 

August 12, 2014

(August 12, 2014) - The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is opening the Center for Autism Services and Transition (CAST), a new program to help young adults with autism gain independence on their transition to adulthood. According to OSU, CAST is one of only a few clinics in the country to provide care coordination and primary and specialty care services for adults with ASD.