Our autism expert has strategies to help overcome this child’s dangerous tendency to overstuff his mouth and hold food in his cheeks. Read more here.
In this post, one college student reports on his observations of a swim school in Maryland that received scholarship funding through the Autism Speaks Swimming and Water Safety Scholarship Fund. Read more here.
Currently, 81% of adults with autism live with their aging parents. While there are many organizations and alliances dedicated to making the search for housing and community living easier, a major breakthrough that meets the escalating demand for homes and supports for those with autism is needed. Autism Speaks is sponsoring the Autism Speaks House to Home Prize to bring about this breakthrough. Learn more and participate in the challenge here.
"Eleven years ago this Fall I sat in a cramped, fluorescent-lit examination room with my husband and then seventeen-month-old son. We were there following a several month wait for what we assumed would be an autism diagnosis." Read more here.
Autism advocate, Temple Grandin, who is on the autism spectrum, believes people of all levels can be matched to suitable jobs. “It’s simple: Give clear tasks and outcomes and don’t give them long strings of verbal instructions.” Read more here.
A $3.5 million grant to the the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University will allow it to become an innovation incubator for pilot programs to prevent young adults on the spectrum from falling through the cracks after high school. Named “Transition Pathways,” the demonstration programs will help high school seniors and recent graduates on the cusp of living or working independently. Read more here.
Jonah Jacomet is a third grader whose talent show video, dancing to Michael Jackson, is going viral online. Read more and watch his dance moves here.
Companies Making A Difference" is an Autism Speaks web series that recognizes businesses who are taking steps to better support the autism community within their companies. Read more here.
Formed in 2008, Food for Good Thought bakery in Columbus, Ohio, was founded by Dr. Audrey Todd. The whole concept came about while considering the probably limited future employment opportunities for her non-verbal son with autism. Read more here.