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|

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|

Workplace Accommodations for Employees with Disabilities

In our work with companies to create sustainable and scalable talent acquisition programs for individuals with disabilities, we field questions about accommodations that expose a persistent lack of clarity. Here is a quick FAQ to help answer some of those questions. How do I know [...]

2020-04-30T09:30:49-05:00April 24th, 2020|

Supporting Adults in Medical Situations

SUPPORTING ADULTS IN MEDICAL SITUATIONS By Brad Walker, V.P., Community Living Supports ­­­­Families with adult children on the spectrum face an additional layer of concern during the COVID-19 crisis. How should they prepare for medical emergencies for their adult children, many of whom may not [...]

2020-04-27T12:26:32-05:00April 23rd, 2020|