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*Adults with Autism

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.   

7% Disability Hiring Goal Set for Federal Contracts

August 29, 2013

HOUSTON (August 29, 2013) -- Contractors who bid on federal contracts funded by taxpayer dollars will have to step up their efforts to recruit workers with disabilities, under a new policy announced by Vice President Joe Biden. According to the Associated Press, federal contractors currently employ about 1 in every 5 U.S. workers.

NGA Issues Blueprint for Employing People with Disabilities

August 05, 2013

MILWAUKEE (August 5, 2013) -- The National Governors Association (NGA) issued A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities, an initiative by Delaware Gov. Jack Markell to raise awareness of the challenges faced by Americans with disabilities, including autism, in finding meaningful employment.

Harkin Calls for 25% Growth In U.S. Disability Workforce

February 27, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (February 27, 2013) -- Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) called for the U.S, disability workforce to grow 25 percent, to six million, by 2015 during a special hearing yesterday of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Harkin, the commiteee chair, called the hearing to follow up on his 2012 committee report, "Unfinished Business: Making Employment of People with Disabilities a National Priority."

Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism (AFAA) Launches AFAA Applauds

October 17, 2012

Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism (AFAA) has launched AFAA Applauds, a national recognition initiative highlighting the most promising support programs in the U.S. for adults living with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). By spotlighting successful programs, AFAA plans to promote promising practices, innovative approaches and awareness about ASDs and adult concerns.

Adult Services Office Hours

Start Date: 
Thu, 2012-07-12 (All day)
Event Contact Name: 
Dave Kearon
Event Type: 
Live Chat

Leslie Long and Dave Kearon will be holding our monthly Adult Services Office Hours this Thursday (7/12) from 6-7pm EST!  Please join the discussion about housing, employment, Medicaid and any other questions you may have about adults living with autism! 

If you can't make the Office Hours, remember that you can always reach out to our Autism Response Team.  Call us at 888-288-4762 or en Español 888-772-9050, or email familyservices@autismspeaks.org.