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Back To School Tips For Children With Autism

Luciana Randall of Autism Connection of Pennsylvania stops by to talk about helping children with autism adjust to going back to school.


More Evidence That Parents’ Ages Could Influence Autism Risk

Lots of factors may affect a child’s odds of ending up with autism. Researchers around the world have been striving to fully understand how biology, genetics and environment play roles.

Microsoft set to hire people with autism

Microsoft has announced plans to hire people with autism. Working with specialist employment agency Specialisterne, which trains and finds positions for people diagnosed on the autism spectrum, the pilot program begins in May with 10 full-time positions in the company’s Redmond, Wash., corporate headquarters. READ MORE


Essential Pittsburgh: Placing Pittsburgh Adults with Mental Health Issues in STEM Jobs

In commemoration of World Autism Awareness Day, Lu Randall, Executive Director at Autism Connection of PA, and April Artz, Coordinator for the EmployAble program at the Squirrel Hill Career Development Center, are working to place adults with mental health issues in STEM jobs. The EmployAble program, which provides supportive services along with their job placements, acquired the funds to include services for adults on the autism spectrum in 2014. READ MORE


Expert tips for hosting children with autism

Executive Director Luciana Randall with Autism Connection of Pennsylvania stops by KDKA to talk about some tips for hosting children with Autism in your home.  WATCH HERE  


The Letter I Would Have Written for My Parents When I Was Still Nonverbal

Dear Mom and Dad, I know it’s breaking your heart to see me as I am now. Most of the kids we know are starting to talk while I’m just making sounds. I’m lashing out because I’m struggling. I can’t communicate my needs, and things are just not going the way I wish they would. I scream and fight with you every time you try and bathe me because I can’t stand the feeling of water. I cringe anytime I read more

Understanding: teachers appreciate having more information about autism spectrum disorder.

Website teaches schools, parents about autism

A new website will give teachers information and guidance to understand, help and deal with students on the autism spectrum. A new website is providing a free one-stop shop for teachers and parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), offering guidance about how best to manage the learning disability in schools. The website, called Amaze Online Classroom, is the product of a joint initiative by Amaze, the peak body for ASD in Victoria, and the Department of Education and Early Childhood read more

Temple Grandin, one of the leading experts on autism in the U.S. and autistic herself, spoke on the subject on Monday at JSU’s Mississippi e-Center.
(Photo: Joe Ellis/The Clarion-Ledger)

Temple Grandin: Don’t give up on children with autism

She’s not finished. “Now, I’m seeing the bolts on the ground that they cut off the mailbox I have now. They moved the mailbox across the street, but the post office doesn’t have keys for them. I have to pick up my mail at the post office (in Fort Collins, Colorado), and now I see myself standing in line at the post office and the guy is going, ‘We don’t have the keys yet.’ It’s really stupid.” Grandin has written read more

Measurable IEP goals that address Executive Functioning deficits

Another post by popular demand! If you are visiting here for the first time, make sure you check out my 500 SDIs post. That post took forever to do, but it is gets used so I’m happy that it was worth the effort. But as a result of that post, I have heard many times from readers and friends, “great! Now please do one for an IEP goal bank.” That to me is just such an overwhelming task, I can barely read more

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