Survey: Gathering Perspectives from the Autism Community about Employment and Higher Education

Dr. Jennifer Sarrett from Emory University (IRB #00087911) is conducting a study aimed at developing strategies for creating autism-friendly, neurodiverse workplaces and institutes of higher education. If you identify as being autistic, live in the United States, and are at least 18 years of age you are eligible to participate. Participation includes a short online survey about experiences in the workforce and/or with higher education (i.e., colleges/universities, vocational and technical schools, community college). These surveys will also ask your opinion on how to make these environments and opportunities more accessible and friendly to the autism community. The time this survey takes varies depending on how many open-ended questions you fill out and the details you provide. However, you may save and return to the survey at anytime. You will also be given the option to participate in a later, online focus group to gather more detailed information. If you would like to participate, please follow this link: https://newqtrial2015az1.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_7VXzWCELUJ0PW0R. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact Dr. Sarrett at [email protected]. Thank you.

BOOK: TOBY

Website: http://www.tobyautismtherapy.com

TOBY is an app for iPad and a supporting book (both eBook and paperback) which teaches parents to get therapy started at home. TOBY teaches 52 foundation skills for learning across 330 activities. It is evidence based and best practice.

Website: Profectum

Website: https://profectum.org

Profectum specializes in providing training and education on floortime & play therapy for professionals and parents of children with autism or special needs. They created the Foundational Capacities for Development™ model (FCD™ model), which builds upon the Developmental, Individual Differences, Relationship model (DIR model) developed by Stanley Greenspan and Serena Wieder.

Academic Research: The National Autism Indicators Report Series

Website: http://drexe.lu/autismindicators16

Employment is about more than simply earning a paycheck – it influences quality of life, independence, and wellness. Historically, employment outcomes for adults with autism are poor. The U.S. Vocational Rehabilitation system (VR) is designed to provide support to states for implementation of services to assist people with disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep employment. VR data allow us to examine some outcomes for those with autism compared to their peers.

To make a difference, research must reach those who need it. The National Autism Indicators Report series presents our research findings in a clearly communicated, open-access, online format to speed the delivery of information to decision-makers while maintaining very high standards of scientific credibility.

Website: Spectrum Arts

Website: http://www.spectrumartsautism.org

The mission of Spectrum Arts is to function as a dynamic online resource of artistic programming for individuals on the autism spectrum and to develop a cooperative network of artistic professionals and organizations serving these individuals.

This site was launched in early February. Currently, it lists several arts organizations across the country that offer arts programming specifically created for individuals on the spectrum and their families. It offers a calendar of events sponsored by these organizations. The website also has a resource page listing materials related to artistic and creative practices for those with ASD.

The site has received support and cooperation from Chicago Children’s Theatre’s Red Kit Project, The Miracle Project, Stages Theatre Company, and five other theatre arts organizations.

Website: Cyberbullying

Site: http://cyberbullying.us/

The Cyberbullying Research Center is dedicated to providing up-to-date information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents.  This web site serves as a clearinghouse of information concerning the ways adolescents use and misuse technology.  It is intended to be a resource for parents, educators, law enforcement officers, counselors, and others who work with youth.

Guide: Summary of Advances in Autism Spectrum Disorder Research: Calendar Year 2015

https://iacc.hhs.gov/publications/summary-of-advances/2015/

Each year, the IACC releases its annual list of scientific advances that represent significant progress in the field. The 20 studies selected have given new insight into the underlying biology of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and potential risk factors, examined the state of the science in early screening and diagnosis, and evaluated promising early intervention strategies. The advances also address health outcomes for children and adults with autism, and issues related to education, transition to adulthood, and employment. The 2015 Summary of Advances provides short, plain language summaries of the top research breakthroughs selected by the IACC from a pool of research articles nominated by the members. Articles are grouped according to the topics represented by the questions of the IACC Strategic Plan for ASD Research. Citations for the articles selected for the Summary of Advances, as well as a complete listing of those nominated, are included at the end of the document.

Video: Autism: See the Potential

Autism: See the Potential from Autism Ontario on Vimeo.

This video, which features Michael McCreary, is an introduction to autism spectrum disorder. The video was created to support customer service professionals when they provide services or support to people with ASD; however the positive response from the general public has been overwhelming.

Website: Mindprint Learning

Is your child struggling in school?

Get expert advice, take advantage of our free resources, and discover what may be holding your child back.

Read More: https://mindprintlearning.com

Website: Identifor Foundation

At Identifor, we stand for identifying and building upon each person’s unique abilities, skills and interests for the pursuit of fulfilling futures for each individual (thus Identifor).  Our approach uses data analytics, artificial intelligence, and games to provide a systematic overview of a player’s Multiple Intelligences, Executive Function, and career interest.

Read More: https://identifor.org