Episode 009: What’s New At Autism Speaks? With Dave Kearon

SHOW NOTES:

Minute 3:00- Dave’s background and connection to Autism

4:00- The AGRE Project & MSSNG: Genome mapping- personalized treatments for ASD

5:00- Adult Services at Autism Speaks

6:00- Effectively Planning for Transitions & Adult Outcomes

EMPLOYMENT RESOURCES:

Minute 9:30- Employment & Recommended Resources

10:20- Sidekicks: developed by Ron Suskind.

11:20- Identifor: assesses interests and skills to develop a profile, based on games.

12:30- The Spectrum Careers.com: a job site by, and for people with ASD.

Partners who developed this jobs portal with Autism Speaks are: Rangam Consultants, Inc.

16:45– Autism & Disability Visual Integration Company Experience (ADVICE)
A group working with companies to build capacity to hire adults with ASD. Led by James Emmett.
– Companies they are working with so far:
Cintas
Staples distribution centers
Quest Diagnostics (blood work, labs, drug testing)

HOUSING & RESIDENTIAL SUPPORTS

Minute 22:00 – Medicaid/Setting’s Rule/ HCBS /De-institutionalization

23:00 – Farmstead Communities

24:00 – House to Home Prize Contest

25:00 – Technology Innovations:
Neighborhood Network: developed out of Community Living Options at Kansas University- using smart home technology.

27:00 – Apps to match roommates based on interests, age, genders

28:00 – Creating a Life / Community & Belonging

TRANSPORTATION

Minute 28:45- Transportation Crisis

29:30 – Uber, Lyft, new solutions needed!

30:00- Self-driving cars

30:30 – Clusters: affordable housing along transportation routes

31:00- First Place Arizona

VIRTUAL REALITY

Minute 32:00- Virtual reality for driver’s education
…and another program, here!

33:30- Virtual reality for interview skills & job preparation:

34:00- Dan Marino Campus
– and **Virtual Interviewing Software for Real Work Success – a product of the Dan Marino Foundation (VITA DMF)

34:45- Interviewing strategies

36:15- ULTRA Testing: A NY based company- alternative interview strategies

POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION/COMMUNITY INTEGRATION: TOOL KITS

Minute 37:00- Autism Speaks Toolkits and Guides (in English & Spanish)

38:00- Autism Response Teams

Autism Speaks Employment Tool Kit (for individuals)

Employers’ Guide to Hiring and Retaining Employees with Autism Spectrum Disorders

A Parent’s Guide to Employment for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Postsecondary Educational Opportunities Guide

Autism Speaks Housing & Community Living Portal

38:30- Apprenticeship Programs

39:30- Project Search

40:00- AHIMA Foundation – registered HIM apprenticeship program to digitize health records

Minute 41:00- CONNECT WITH AUTISM SPEAKS ON SOCIAL MEDIA!

1) TWITTER:

Twitter: @TSC4Autism

2) FACEBOOK:

Facebook: The Spectrum Careers!

Facebook: Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism!

Facebook: Autism Speaks!

3) LINKED IN:

The Autism Employment Network, powered by Autism Speaks!

Housing and Residential Supports Network, powered by Autism Speaks!

[NEW] The Transition to Adulthood Network, powered by Autism Speaks!

Minute 43:00- Quotes & Wrapping Up

“If You’ve met one person with Autism, You’ve met one person with Autism” – Dr. Steven Shore

“Sometimes it’s the people no one imagines anything of who do the things no one can imagine.”
– Alan Turing