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Autism Speaks and GameStop NXT GEN Coders Grant Recipients

Autism Speaks has announced fourteen recipients of the first Autism Speaks and GameStop NXT GEN Coders Program.   These are grants for organizations that teach digital skills to people across the autism spectrum, training them for careers in computer programming and coding.

Autism Documentary on Spectrum: A Story of the Mind

Are you curious about the experience of Autism?  Consider taking a journey into the rich sensory experience of individuals with Autism. Imagine a world where words taste and thoughts feel, where sounds swell with color and leaves on trees change tones visible to the naked eye, and where eye contact with another can cause physical pain.

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Federal Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee Soliciting Comments for Strategic Plan

The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC), made up of government officials and members of the autism community, is soliciting comments to revise its strategic plan. The current IACC Strategic Plan can be viewed here.  The last update to the panel’s strategic plan came in 2013.

Ford InclusiveWorks Pilot Program to Start June 1st

Ford Motor Company recently announced that it is collaborating with Autism Alliance of Michigan on a pilot program that aims to provide individuals who have autism with an opportunity to gain work experience with the company in an on-the-job training program funded by the alliance.  FordInclusiveWorks kicks off June 1. 

Career Pathways for Adults on the Autism Spectrum

 

Beginning in June, Glendale Community College will debut a program to train highly functioning adults with autism to operate computer-numerical-control machines, setting them on a path to working as machinist apprentices or computer numerical control operators and programmers.

K-12 Special Education Data and What it May Mean for Adult Learners with Disabilities

ED Week recently published the infographic, U.S. Special Education Enrollment, which tracks the changes in K-12 special education over a period of 20 years, from 1994-2014, the most recent year for which this data is available from the U.S. Department of Education's Annual Reports to Congress on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Autism Costs More Than Double in Adulthood

A recent study of the California Department of Developmental Services (CDDS)'s spending across medical, non-medical, and productivity costs indicates that adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have the highest non-medical costs of any disability. These non-medical costs include: educational and transportation assistance; behavioral, occupational, and speech therapy; and family caregiver time.  

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National Autism Indicators Report: Transition Into Young Adulthood

The National Autism Indicators Report is a publication series produced by the AJ Drexel Autism Institute. The inaugural volume focuses on the transition into adulthood. The authors present a range of experiences and outcomes of adults with autism, between the ages of 14 and early 20s.

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"Aging out" with Autism

NBC News recently published a news article, 'You Don't Outgrow Autism': What Happens When Help Ends at 21?.  The article includes video from a Dateline NBC news stories of two families dealing with the transition from youth to adult services for their young adults with Autism.   

Below is an excerpt from the article.

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