A recent study by Virginia Commonwealth University, the first of its kind, found that educational programs focused on developing the strengths of individuals with autism can lead to successful employment for young adults and adults on the spectrum.
On the evening of Wednesday, October 2, Autism Speaks held its fourth Small Business Town Hall meeting of the fall – this time in Los Angeles, California hosted by UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment. In front of nearly 100 participants in the Semel Institute Auditorium at UCLA, five businesses that successfully employ individuals with autism were featured.
Autism Speaks hosted another successful Small Business Town Hall on Monday night - this time in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Autism Speaks is proud to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)! Held each October and coordinated by the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), NDEAM is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the crucial contributions of America's workers with disabilities, including autism.
"Parents of adult kids with autism are creating jobs that play to their strengths - like starting a t-shirt silk-screening shop if they are artistic, or organic farms if they like to work outdoors."
WASHINGTON, DC (September 26, 2013) -- U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today issued a four-point plan to create 250,000 new job opportunities for the "ADA Generation," young adults with disabilities aged 16 to 19, by 2015. Harkin called for eliminating a Social Security requirement that people with disabilities forgo work in order to qualify for benefits.
Lisa Goring, vice president of family services for Autism Speaks, and Lori and Gregg Ireland, the co-founders of Extraordinary Ventures, appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box on Monday morning to discuss efforts to increase employment opportunities for adults with autism. The story focused on tonight’s Small Business Town Hall which takes place Monday evening at Credit Suisse in New York City.
On Monday evening, Autism Speaks held its first Small Business Town Hall meeting, hosted by the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. Over 130 people participated in the event, including adults with autism and their families, small business owners, employment service providers and local politicians.