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This blog post is by Nathan Young, self-advocate and founder of Autism Candles.

I have a dream to work and be part of things. My day program is for inclusion, working, and taking care of myself through activities such as grocery shopping and other life necessities. Yet most of my time is doing what I love and that is working. Life without working is to me very boring because it's my interest.

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Autism Speaks

This is a blog post by Marianne Sullivan, RN, MN, the Assistant Director of National Outreach and Resources at Autism Speaks, and the mother of an adult with autism.

Early in the morning on Saturday, May 19th, my son Hunter and I joined hundreds of other families affected by autism for the "10th Annual Bay Area Walk Now for Autism Speaks."

The transition out of the educational system and the process of navigating the new world of adult services can be difficult and complicated.  The study in Pediatrics titled Postsecondary Education and Employment among Youth with an ASD provides important information about the outcomes of individuals with an ASD once they leave the educational system.  We need to continue to evaluate the transition outcomes of all individuals with an ASD, and to develop meaningful transition plans that lead to full lives that may include the opportunity to participate in post-secon

This blog post is by Nathan Young, self-advocate and founder of Autism Candles.

Have you ever dreamed nearly everyday of the same thing and thought it was unlikely to come true , but it did? I have and it was amazing and today I no longer dream of it, but create within it's reality. For those with autism and developmental disabilities, including myself the prospects of gainful employment can be grim. That is when I decided to prove a point and without any possibility of failure because it wasn't part of the dream.

On Friday April 6 Amy Gravino hosted a LIVE Chat as a part of our 'Aging with Autism' Theme Week. Amy is a certified college coach for individuals with Asperger's Syndrome, and the founder of A.S.C.O.T (Asperger's Syndrome Coaching and Other Techniques) Coaching, LLC. She is also a seasoned public speaker, and has spoken at conferences, professional development workshops, support group meetings, and more since the age of 14.

After we highlighted Farmsteads of New England as January’s “Home of the Month” on our new Housing Portal, we received many requests for more information about this housing initiative. For that reason, we asked its Founder and Executive Director, Deborah DeScenza, to blog about her experiences with her son, Andrew, and about how FNE got its start.