Autism and the Workplace

As Larry prepared for the transition from high school to the workplace, he and his mother were unsure of what his work options would be. The staff at his school helped Larry recognize his strengths and interests. They then collaborated with the State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agency, where Larry and his family learned about Social Security’s Ticket to Work (Ticket) program. Through the Ticket program, Larry received career counseling, job training, assistance looking for work and other individualized supports and services to help him navigate and succeed on the path…

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Employers Discover Untapped Talent in the Autism Community

With the labor market tightening and companies exploring ways to expand the diversity of their workforce, an increasing number of employers are looking to benefit from the talents and skills of individuals with autism, a group for whom unemployment numbers can be as high as 80 percent. Like the autism spectrum itself, employment opportunities vary. Fundamentally, employment successes can be found in any environment where there are willing employers and supervisors, a supportive work environment and qualified employees with common goals. Click Here to read more…

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How Companies Are Increasing Neurodiversity in the Workplace

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that approximately one in 59 children is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. For those on the spectrum, the odds are against them going to college and working. The unemployment rate for autistic adults remains dis-proportionally high, with nearly half of 25-year-olds with autism never having held a job. To find out more click here  

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Top 10 Autism Friendly Employers

Somewhere from 66 percent to 86 percent of adults with autism are unemployed or seriously underemployed. While the precise percentage varies based on study parameters, there’s no doubt that employment is elusive for adults on the spectrum. This reality, however, is changing fast. To read more click here

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We all carry the genes for autism, study finds

The autism spectrum is a continuum, scientists say, and we’re all on it. A large international study of the genes that predispose people to autism spectrum disorders (ASD) suggests that the same gene variants are also present in the wider population, where they can contribute to a range of behavioural and developmental traits with lesser severity than clinical ASD. According to the researchers, there’s no real cut-off point on the autism spectrum – rather, it’s a continuum of complex genetic factors that can affect our behaviour. But for a small…

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Blue Man Group Promises More Sensory-Friendly Shows for Kids With Autism

Blue Man Group announced on Monday that they will continue their partnership with Autism Speaks and host a set of sensory-friendly shows suitable for children with autism in five major U.S. cities over the next year. “Creating a version of our show that is more accessible for families affected by autism has been a very meaningful experience for us,” Phil Stanton, Blue Man Group co-founder said in a press release. “We are thrilled to provide a safe and welcoming environment and are often quite moved by the emotional response to the show.” To make the show…

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Holly Robinson Peete talks new reality show, autism awareness

For Peete’s Sake is an American reality television series starring Holly Robinson Peete, Rodney Peete, their four kids, and her mom, Dolores. It premieres on March 19, 2016 on the Oprah Winfrey Network, as part of its Saturday-night reality lineup. Holly Robinson Peete has her plate full for the next couple of months. The “21 Jump Street” actress has a reality show debuting on the OWN network and she plans to release book about autism, titled “Same But Different” that she co-authored with two of her children. The 52-year-old actress…

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Tool Could Modify Genes to Treat Cancer, Autism

A new technique could allow scientists to edit and repair the human genome, and perhaps one day treat diseases or conditions linked to our genes. Researchers have figured out how to use the gene-editing tool known as CRISPR-Cas9, on the messenger RNA that carries genetic instructions from the cell’s nucleus to make new proteins. The experiment, by scientists at the University of California, San Diego, could lead to new treatments for diseases caused by malfunctions in the messenger RNA, such as fragile X syndrome, some types of cancer, autism and…

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Pa. to become 1st state to add autism as qualifying condition for medical marijuana

Click here to read full story at wgal.com HARRISBURG, Pa. —Pennsylvania is set to become the first state in the country to explicitly stipulate autism as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana. That will happen if the amended version of the bill, a “functional medical marijuana bill,” passes the Senate and gets a signature from the governor. “Functional” states list out the ailments for which doctors can prescribe medical marijuana. In addition to autism, the House-passed version of the bill lists 16 other eligible conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease and cancer.…

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Alpha, Beta Brainwaves Differ in Those With Autism

A new study shows that brain waves in people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) differ from those in people without ASD. The findings show that ASD individuals exhibit fewer beta and alpha waves in certain regions of the brain as well as irregular patterns in the frontal lobe. Beta brainwaves are higher frequency waves that dominate when we feel alert, attentive, and are intensely focused. Alpha waves are slower frequency waves that are predominant during a waking restful state. You can read the full story here…

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