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This blog post is by Sara Winter, a classroom aide to kids on the autism spectrum and the founder of Squag.com. She is passionate about creating opportunity for underestimated kids and writes about her experiences with The Huffington Post Canada, Autism Speaks Canada, and Friendship Circle International. She is the mom of two boys and lives in Toronto, Canada.

 

In this episode, I feature Joel Bethke who has Asperger Syndrome. Joel just started middle school last year and has dealt with bullying and taunting by his classmates. To help with this, Joel decided to write a paper about who he is to share with his school last November to come out about his diagnosis. Joel's paper is highlighted in the video and below:

Earlier this week our friends at Gap in NYC hosted a career day to give four young people with autism some real world experience to help them develop their workplace skills.

Gap partnered with Autism Speaks and HeartShare to give Reuben, Kenneth, Mathew and Sean (pictured) some on-the-job training, and a glimpse into the working world.  The four young men spent the day at GAP’s flagship 5th avenue store -- each was paired with a Gap employee and assigned to one of four stations:

Alysia lives in Hopedale, MA with her husband and three sons. She is active in the special needs community through her volunteer work, specifically as the managing editor of the SPD Blogger Network, a website designed to connect parents of children with sensory processing disorder and through her own personal blog Try Defying Gravity. She is also a member of her local special education parents advisory council. Her middle child was diagnosed with PDD-NOS at age 3 1/2.