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.
Mayor Noam Bramson published a post on his website titled, "Child, Home, Neighborhood, Community & Conscience" where he adresses his constituents' concerns over a proposed group home in a residential neighborhood in New Rochelle, N.Y. He says, "At one point or another in our lives, each of us will be expected to step outside our comfort zone or bear some burden for a larger purpose." Read the full post below.
As addendums to the Autism Speaks Employment Tool Kit, we have created three new tools to help adults with autism as they search for competitive employment in today's job market. The rate of unemployment and underemployment among young adults and adults with autism is far too high and Autism Speaks is committed to doing all we can to help change that.
A newly-refurbished apartment building in Phoneix, Ariz., will give adults with autism a chance to live more independent lives. The year-long project was undertaken by the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center, First Place AZ and the Foundation for Senior Living.
SARRC co-founder Denise Resnick told KTAR News, "This property that is opening is co-locating 15 apartments for seniors and six two-bedroom apartments with young adults with autism.”
Spectrum Designs is a Long Island company committed to enhancing the quality of life of people with autism, who often face barriers to employment. The company was started in 2010 by Stella Spanakos, whose son Nicholas was diagnosed with autism as a toddler and is now 22. Spectrum Designs already employs 30 people, most of whom have autism and hopes to expand to satellite locations in order to provide more opportunities for employment for young adults and adults on the autism spectrum.
(June 17, 2014) - In his column Health Matters with Sanjay Gupta today, Dr. Gupta discussed autism and employment and highlighted the stories of two adults with Asperger Syndrome and their struggles to find jobs.
(June 17, 2014) - The fourth round of the AGI Residential/Daily Living Support Course will begin Monday, June 23rd!
(June 12, 2014) - Lettuce Work is a hydroponic lettuce company in New Albany, Ohio whose mission is to foster independence and self-worth for adults with autism by offering specialized training and employment opportunities so they may continue to develop and explore new opportunities.