Entries in Autism Awareness (15)


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!


5-Year-Old Boy With Autism Helps Rescue Man

Chase Faulingham from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia was born on the autism spectrum but that clearly does not affect his ability to spot an emergency and the need for help. Chase and his grandfather Thomas Murray were out one day for a walk when Chase had heard a faint cry for help, Chase called out saying "stop" and after a few moments Thomas continued on thinking he heard nothing of importance. Chase called out again saying "No Poppa Jim. Listen. Listen. Help." and listening closely his grandfather finally heard the faint cries for help of a man injured in a snow bank. The two climbed over the snow bank and called for paramedics. Chase is now being recognized for his heoric actions at home and in his community, showing great progress within himself.

 Read more and see the video here from CTV News.


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


Osceola Community Birthday Surprise

A little boy with a mild autism disorder in Osceola Florida has just celebrated his sixth birthday, with the help of his community. Glenn Buratti's mother Ashlee had invited all sixteen class mates of Glenn's to a birthday party, but not one showed up to attend. After a heartfelt message Ashlee had shared on Facebook the community took notice and started to show up at their doorsteps to help celebrate his birthday, even with gifts. Over-joyed with the response Glenn's parents took to Facebook again to thank everyone for making their sons birthday one he will never forget, in a very positive way.

Read more about this amazing story here from The Journal!