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Wednesday, November 16, 2011


The Naperville Sun reports on Ryan Wall, an 18-year-old with ASD facing the transition to adulthood:
However, Jama Wall said finding programs for him has not been easy, and even fewer opportunities exist for older individuals with autism.

To figure out the next steps, she turned to the “Transition Tool Kit” provided by advocacy group Autism Speaks. Launched in February, the tool kit address issues such as housing, post-secondary education, employment, legal matters and public benefits.

Liz Klug, executive director of the Chicagoland Chapter of Autism Speaks, said there is no consistent solution yet for families like the Walls.

“Once a person ages out of the public school system it’s a matter of then finding opportunities for that person to live a dignified life, earn a wage, enjoy life, live a life that’s safe, live in a community,” Klug said. “By and large every family’s blazing their own trail.”

Jama Wall first connected with Autism Speaks in 2004 by participating in the organization’s annual walk. Her family formed a team called “Ryan’s Hope.” The team has grown to include 50 to 60 people, she said, and last year raised about $9,000 for Autism Speaks.
At The San Francisco Chronicle, Laura Shumaker reports on an employment initiative:
You know how there are some people who say ” Somebody should do X” and there are other people who say, “Let’s do X. Here’s how.”?
Attorney Michael Bernick of San Francisco is in the “Here’s how.” category.He’s the former head of the California Employment Development Department (and and all around great guy), and will lead a brainstorming session on developing employment opportunities (jobs!) for adults on the autism spectrum at the AASCEND meeting this coming Saturday, November 19.
The brainstorming session continues the dialogue from AASCEND’S wildly successful and inspiringSUCCESS ON THE SPECTRUM conference last month.You are invited to bring your best ideas, positive energy, contacts, and friends who could help. I will be there and look forward to meeting you!
WHEN: November 19 10:00-noonWHERE : The downtown campus of City College of SF, Mission St and 4th St, Room 618