Reflections: A Mother’s Journey

By Roxie Todd My daughter is forty-years-old and she has autism. We didn’t know she had autism until she was in her mid-twenties. Believe me, we knew something was different, we just didn’t know what it was. We had been to specialists from the time she [...]

2020-11-22T16:42:21-05:00November 18th, 2020|

Reflections: My Son Was My Start Over

In this new series, we bring you personal stories and heartfelt musings that we hope will lift our spirits and bring us closer together as a community. Our first guest is Jamiel Owens, an autism dad and the host of The Ausome Show.  Jamiel shares [...]

2020-11-08T12:57:08-05:00November 6th, 2020|

That’s What Friends Are For – Friendship and ASD

That’s What Friends Are For – Friendship and ASD By Patricia Wright, PhD, MPH, Sr. VP of Program Development, NEXT for AUTISM How often have we all said or heard this simple statement? When a friend listens to our heartache, when they laugh uproariously about [...]

2020-08-03T16:57:24-05:00August 3rd, 2020|

Grantee Spotlight: Shepherd’s Way

Community Heroes Shepherd’s Way By now, we’ve heard stories about individuals stepping up to support their communities during the pandemic, but this one is special. At Shepherd’s Way, a shared living program in Wichita, Kansas, the community heroes are adults with autism, who during the [...]

2020-07-29T10:19:40-05:00July 15th, 2020|

Freddie Mac’s Neurodiversity Hiring Commitment

Freddie Mac’s Neurodiversity Hiring Commitment NEXT for AUTISM’s employment consulting client Freddie Mac has been at the forefront of neurodiversity hiring.  Within five years of operating their Autism Internship Program, the company hired 9 out of 18 interns. Now Freddie Mac has rebranded and transitioned [...]

2020-09-16T14:16:26-05:00July 13th, 2020|

Neurodiversity Hiring – A Driving Force at Cintas

Neurodiversity Hiring – A Driving Force at Cintas By: Randy Siegel Working with NEXT for AUTISM’s employment consulting practice, Cintas has solidified its leadership in neurodiversity hiring within the commercial services industry.  It operates nearly 500 facilities in North America, manufacturing and distributing corporate identity [...]

2020-08-11T13:59:34-05:00July 10th, 2020|

Congratulations to PSAE Class of 2020

Congratulations, Class of 2020! We’re so proud of the interns from the Project SEARCH Autism Enhancement employment program who celebrated graduation on June 23rd on Zoom. This was a particularly challenging year with interruptions due to the pandemic, yet the interns adjusted and finished strong [...]

2020-06-26T14:44:51-05:00June 26th, 2020|

What About the New Data on Adults with ASD?

What About the New Data on Adults with ASD? By Patricia Wright, PhD, MPH In May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published its first study on the prevalence of autism in adults, which estimated that 5.4 million adults in the U.S. are [...]

2020-06-25T10:25:04-05:00June 24th, 2020|

My Vision for the Future

By Lauren Steinbacher, Director, Corporate Employment, NEXT for AUTISM The business world has undergone dramatic shifts due to the COVID- 19 pandemic.  Companies have contracted or shut down, some for good. Thirty-three million people filed for unemployment in the first seven weeks of this crisis. [...]

2020-06-15T14:09:06-05:00June 12th, 2020|

What is it like NOT to be yourself?

By Patricia Wright, MPH, Senior VP Program Development, NEXT for AUTISM COVID-19 social distancing has caused all of us to redefine what it means to be social and it has not been comfortable.  An act as natural as socializing is now weighted with complex calculations. [...]

2020-06-11T12:42:49-05:00June 11th, 2020|