Entries in Autism (27)


Microsoft Employs Those With Autism

Full-time positions are now being offered to those with autism at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington. The program offered, will hopefully consist of about ten people and include working with Specialisterne, which is a non-profit organization helping those with autism to apply their skills and talents to the techonology field. Though this particular program aims at hiring those with autism, Microsoft does hire a range of people with disabilities to work in multiple areas and departments. Mary Ellen Smith, Microsoft's corporate vice president of worldwide operations had said Microsoft is “passionate about hiring individuals of all disabilities.”

Read more here from Disability Scoop!


Dancing With The Stars For Autism

Lauren Topor and Tom Leap both 24 years old on the autism spectrum, share the love for dancing, ballroom dancing in particular. A "Phantom of the Opera" ballroom routine earned them first place in the "Dancing with the Stars for Autism" contest in Johnstown Pennsylvania. Through dancing it is now clearly shown that both Lauren and Tom have gained tremendous self-confidence and have found a great purpose in life. Read more about their stories here at Autism Speaks!


Michael de Groot Meets His Idol Bill Nye

In Richmond, Virginia a local teen with autism gets the opportunity to meet his idol - Bill Nye the Science Guy. Fifteen year old Michael de Groot has always dreamed of becoming a scientist and inventor so meeting his idol, and respective science icon Bill Nye was a dream come true!

Michael de Groot drew a futuristic laboratory design for Bill Nye the Science Guy.

Read more here from ABC News


Students Design Sensory Chair 

Blue Valley School District has had the opportunity to research and design a new more efficient, and cost friendly sensory chair for children on the autism spectrum. Using materials such as an inflatable air bag, swimming pool noodle, remote control air pump, and a papasan chair, students were able to make a piece of furniture fit to be used in a home, and more affordable than those already on the market.

 Read more here from Disability Scoop!


Pets Help Austic Children Gain Social Skills

New studies have found that having any type of pet in the same home as an autistic child can greatly boost their social skills. In a survey studying 70 families with a child on the spectrum, those with pets in their home showed more social behavior than without. For example they were more likely to introduce themselves, ask for information, or respond to questions. "Kids with autism don’t always readily engage with others, but if there’s a pet in the home that the child is bonded with and a visitor starts asking about the pet, the child may be more likely to respond,” said Gretchen Carlisle, who worked on the study.

Read more about this interesting article here from Disability Scoop!