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Preparing for Competitive Employment

October 10, 2011 13 comments

In recognition of the U.S. Department of Labor’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Autism Speaks will focus our topic of the week on the employment of adults with autism.  We ask the Autism Speaks Community to share their experiences with employment in the community. 

To learn more about the U.S. Department of Labor’s National Disability Employment Awareness month, please visit here.

As students prepare to transition out of school, what types of jobs should schools be preparing their student’s for in competitive employment?

Employment for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders

October 3, 2011 10 comments

In recognition of the U.S. Department of Labor’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Autism Speaks will focus our topic of the week on the employment of adults with autism.  We ask the Autism Speaks Community to share their experiences with employment in the community. 

To learn more about the U.S. Department of Labor’s National Disability Employment Awareness month, please visit here.

Finding a job is a relevant topic in any conversation these days.  Finding and keeping a job can be even more challenging if you have an autism spectrum disorder.  Do you have a success story you can share with us?  What made it work?  What were some of the challenges?  Are there employers that should be highlighted?  Please share your story.

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Check out the US Labor Department awards more than $21 million in Disability Employment Initiative funding to 7 States press release for further reading.

Thank You Grandparents!

September 26, 2011 Leave a comment

In recognition of National Grandparents Day, on September 11th Autism Speaks is celebrating the  grandparent connection in families affected by autism. During the month of September, we are asking grandparents to share your experiences, so that other grandparents across the country can benefit from your knowledge and the road you have traveled.

We extend a special thank you on behalf of your grandchildren and your adult children for being a part of their lives. You have and will continue to make it easier for them to do what they need to do and provide for the best future possible for their family.

Grandparents and Autism Education

September 19, 2011 27 comments

In recognition of National Grandparents Day, on September 11th Autism Speaks is celebrating the  grandparent connection in families affected by autism. During the month of September, we are asking grandparents to share your experiences, so that other grandparents across the country can benefit from your knowledge and the road you have traveled.

How did you educate yourself about autism? Did you find any books particularly helpful? How about websites? A community group or agency? What can you recommend to other grandparents to help them get up-to-date and be well informed?

Grandparents: How do you connect?

September 14, 2011 33 comments

In recognition of National Grandparents Day, on September 11th Autism Speaks is celebrating the  grandparent connection in families affected by autism. During the month of September, we are asking grandparents to share your experiences, so that other grandparents across the country can benefit from your knowledge and the road you have traveled.

Grandparents often describe some difficulties when trying to find ways to connect with their grandkids, like enjoying an activity together. What are some useful and practical tips you’ve used to connect and spend time with your grandchild?

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The Grandparent Connection in Families Affected by Autism

September 13, 2011 56 comments

In recognition of National Grandparents Day, on September 11th Autism Speaks is celebrating the  grandparent connection in families affected by autism. During the month of September, we are asking grandparents to share your experiences, so that other grandparents across the country can benefit from your knowledge and the road you have traveled. 

Like the parents of children with autism, grandparents can have different reactions and responses when they learn their grandchild was diagnosed with autism. What was this like for you? What helped you through this difficult time? What gave you hope for the future for your family and grandchild?

Back to School: What is your child eating for lunch?

August 22, 2011 20 comments

It can be a challenge for parents to make sure your child with autism is getting the right nutrition and diet while at school. How do parents make sure their child’s is continuing the eating habits and they get the nutrition they need?

Are you looking for more tips? Check out our Community Connections!

You can also check out our LIVE Chat with Gary Mayerson and our Family Services ‘Back to School‘ themed Office Hours!

Family Services offers a School Community Tool Kit that assists members of the school community in understanding and supporting students with autism. You can download it for free!


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