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9 of 10 With Autism Can Work After Training

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When given the right supports and training, a new study suggests that nearly all young people with autism who qualify for supported employment can learn to excel on the job. Nine out of 10 transition-age youth with autism who participated in an intensive job training program were working part-time earning at least minimum wage three months after graduating high school. What’s more, 87 percent were still working after 12 months.

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Artist’s Stunning Photos Shatter Misconceptions About Disabilities

artists-stunning-photos-shatter-misconceptions-disabilitiesCeridwen Hughes, a photographer from North Wales, wants the world to view disabilities differently.
In an effort to change people’s perspectives, she created a photo project called “We Can…” that focuses on what people with disabilities can do, rather than what they cannot. “People make assumptions based on the way people look and act and do not always see the person behind the condition,” Hughes told The Huffington Post.

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Luke’s Best Chance: One Man’s Fight for His Autistic Son

Luke-AutismMore than a million children in America are the autism spectrum. What happens when they come of age? Luke greets me in the hallway, thrusting a book in my direction, then snatches it back and darts into his room. It’s been two weeks since I’ve seen him, and what I desperately want to do is grab him up and hug him till he howls. But because it’s been two weeks – and because he is autistic – I must begin again, from the start line, with my son.  His bedroom, per usual, is a hot mess. The floor is a Slip ‘N Slide of books he’s pulled down,

Families Face Indefinite Wait For Services

Families Face Indefinite Wait For ServicesAbbey Etling lifts the sippy cup to her lips and drinks from it. It’s a small gesture, but one that is laden with meaning
for her mother, Sandy Etling. Being able to lift a cup, drink from it, and set it down without dropping it or spilling it—
it’s something that most adults do without a second thought dozens of times every day. But for Abbey, 22, who has
an intellectual disability and autism, it is a skill that took years to learn and master. She still struggles with putting
the cup down.

Federal Panel Seeks Input On Autism

Federal Panel Seeks Input On AutismA federal autism advisory panel is looking for public feedback as it prepares to update the government’s priorities for addressing the developmental disorder for the first time in years. The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee is soliciting comments as the group looks to revise its strategic plan. The panel comprised of government officials and members of the autism community is charged with creating and annually updating the federal government’s priorities for autism research, services and policy.

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Oklahoma 44th State to Pass Autism Insurance Reform

Oklahoma 44th state to pass autism insurance reformOklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed HB 2962 ensuring meaningful autism insurance coverage in the state. The law will prevent state regulated health insurers from continuing to exclude basic, evidence-based care for children diagnosed with autism. The legislation was sponsored by Senator AJ Griffin and Representative Jason Nelson and received broad, bipartisan support. “I am extremely happy that Oklahoma families will have access to services for their children learning with an autism disorder.  Now we begin the work of building a network of outstanding providers for our state,” said Senator Griffin. Click here to read more.

Autistic People Are Not Failed Versions of “Normal”

They’re different, not less

normal-1When people with developmental disabilities have the support they need to thrive, everyone benefits. In a speech at the United Nations on April 1, Steve Silberman made the case that it’s past time we all learned to honor neurodiversity. An edited version of his text follows. We are living at a very exciting time — a time of great hope for autistic people and their families.
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The 5 Levels of Inclusion

Autism-AwarenessDehumanization is one of the great societal tragedies. Once we dehumanize a group we are free to exclude them, deny their rights, and inflict violence. Whenever a particular group experiences dehumanization it is the weakest among them who face the most extreme consequences.  On most occasions these are those with disabilities. Inclusion prevents dehumanization. When a group is included they become real to the mainstream population.  What makes them real is the creation of physical, emotional, and intellectual ties or connections.  In short, inclusion makes those previously excluded fully human. When this occurs the mainstream population finds it much more difficult to exclude them socially,