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Adults with Autism - We Missed Seeing You Today!

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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."

Employment of Adults with Autism through Small Business

This blog post is by Van Hatchell, Director of Marketing and EV Gifts at Extraordinary Ventures, Inc.

Over the past few years the first wave of children diagnosed with ASD in the early ‘90s have entered adulthood. As their parents searched for things their children could do after high school, they began to realize the difficulties associated with an ASD child’s transition into becoming a functioning member of society. Sure, there are some agencies that help coach those with ASD through small jobs, but there are very few places that actually employ them.

Best of Both Worlds - Part 2

This is the second in a series of blog posts by Allison Rogers.  Please click here for the first post in the series. Allison is a lawyer in private practice in Washington D.C. and volunteers actively with Autism Speaks in their housing policy initiative.  She has a younger brother, Adam, who has autism.

Amy Gravino Chat Transcript

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.

Launching Teddy

This blog post is by Amy Landes

We’ve been preparing our 20-year-old son, Teddy to move from home since he was 10 years old. Not because he was difficult to live with-- he is mostly sweet, affectionate and agreeable—if a bit of a chow hound, requiring us to lock the refrigerator and hide the cookies. Something told us early on that a child, even one with autism, should not experience his or her whole life through the filter of parents.
 

Roses for Autism

The mission of Roses for Autism is to grow independence in the business world through a replicable Autism training and employment program integrated in a successful and sustainable rose business. The vision is to demonstrate a replicable working model for inclusive transitional employment for youth and adults on the Autism Spectrum. In 2011, Autism Speaks awarded $25,000 to Roses for Autism through its Family Services Community Grants program.