Entries in Autism Spectrum (4)


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.


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.

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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!