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Washington Post Discusses Difficulties Faced by Parents of Adults with Autism

July 29, 2014

(July 29, 2014) - An article in the Washington Post this past week discussed the lack of services and opportunities currently available to adults with autism. The article quotes Autism Speaks Executive Vice President Lisa Goring. “There are not enough services. It’s a real problem for families.”

The Post covers issues faced by families of adults such as wandering, insurance coverage, transitioning, housing and more.

Autism’s ‘Aging Out’ Crisis

Autism Speaks-funded researcher Paul Shattuck addresses the “services cliff” that families face when kids with autism reach adulthood
July 15, 2014

The following excerpt is from “Aging Out,” as published in Excel: The Research Magazine of Drexel University. Paul Shattuck’s continuing research on factors that promote successful outcomes for young adults with autism expands on an earlier pilot study funded by Autism Speaks

Sibling Talks Autism, Employment and New Bakery Called 'Puzzles'

July 14, 2014

Autism Speaks Staffer Kerry Magro interviewed Sara Mae Hickey, the Owner of Puzzles Bakery & Café, a new business in upstate New York that is committed to hiring adults with special needs. Puzzles seeks to "solve the puzzle" of autism and adulthood by providing opportunities for personal growth, as well as a source of income, social interaction, and a sense of purpose for individuals of all abilities.

Apply for a Virtual Internship with the U.S. Department of State

July 14, 2014

The U.S. Department of State is hiring virtual interns! We are looking for talented students with diverse backgrounds and skill sets, and no prior work or internship experience is necessary. This program involves working on projects in areas such as information technology, international relations, and communications and social media.  Interaction will be via email, telephone, and Skype.  Virtual interns work approximately 10 hours a week for the duration of the academic year. This is an unpaid internship.

Combating NIMBYism: Not in My Back Yard

What does “Not in My Back Yard (NIMBY)” mean?

NIMBYism is a term that is used to describe opposition from neighbors to the development or acquisition of a group home occupied by individuals with special needs.  People with autism spectrum disorders (ASD’s) who are planning to move into a group home are often directly targeted by NIMBYism.