adults with autism

definition of adults with autism: Many children with autism grow up to become adolescents and adults with autism. The transition to adulthood generally begins around the age of 14 when preparation for adulthood begins. Adults with autism may be high-functioning (leading relatively normal lives) or low-functioning (needing constant care). One program that helps children make the transition to adulthood is Fast Forward.

Canadian Vocational Program Offers Job Training to People with Autism

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Saskatchewan’s Regina Autism Resource Centre (ARC) has shifted focus to helping people with autism after they have graduated high school.

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Saskatchewan’s Regina Autism Resource Centre (ARC) has shifted its focus to helping people with autism after they have graduated high school. ARC still provides programming for kids and families, but they realized a need for job training for adults on the spectrum. The vocational program uses the Practical Assessment Exploration System (PAES) to help determine, from a variety of jobs, where a person’s skills might fit best. PAES also works with individuals on social skills they will need in a work environment.

Louisville Movie Theater Provides Weekly Sensory-Friendly Film for Kids with Autism

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Sensory Sensitive Cinema is an offshoot of the nation-wide RaveCinemas company.

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Sensory Sensitive Cinema is an offshoot of the nation-wide RaveCinemas company. This particular article focused on sensory friendly films in Louisville KY. Every Saturday morning, the RaveCinemas theatre on Hurstbourne Parkway will show a movie especially set up for kids with autism or those with sensory issues. The lights will not be turned off, loud noises in the movie will be softer, and there’s no one to tell the kids to be quiet. Dr. Catherine Lord, Director of the new Institute for Brain Development at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill-Cornell Medical College, explained, “I think children and adults (with autism) really enjoy videos, enjoy stories and animation. They enjoy visual input and music, but the general atmosphere of a movie may be overwhelming. This program allows them to become accustomed with movie-going rather than feel lost in it.”

Echoing Hope Ranch Will Provide Housing and Programming for Young Adults with Autism

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Echoing Hope Ranch is the brainchild of some Arizona parents who want to make sure their children with autism are taken care of.

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Echoing Hope Ranch is the brainchild of some Arizona parents who want to make sure their children with autism are taken care of. Estimates state that about half a million children with autism will be adults with autism during the next 10 years. There are sometimes difficulty in finding programming, therapies, residencies, and job skills for young adults and adults on the autism spectrum. Echoing Hope Ranch will provide job training, residency, and development programs.

Brain Activity May Change as Child with Autism Gets Older

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A new study by Daniel Dickstein of Brown University and his team have shown brain changes between kids with autism and adults with autism.

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A new study by Daniel Dickstein of Brown University and his team have shown that the brain changes between kids with autism and adults with autism. Dickstein explained, “We found that brain activity changes associated with autism do not just happen in childhood and then stop.” Researchers hope that these findings will enable therapists to better target their treatments based on the age of the individual with autism.

Transition Programs for Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum

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Chapel Haven is a facility for young adults with autism who are in transition from high school.

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Chapel Haven is a facility for young adults with autism who are in transition from high school. Chapel Haven in New Haven CT specializes in post-secondary programs that helps young adults with autism and other special needs live more independent lives. REACH is a program that provides living skills, education, and recreation in a residential setting. The Asperger Syndrome Adult Transition Program focuses on independent life for people with Asperger’s.

Young Man with Autism Performs as a Professional Musician

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We have covered music therapy as an option for kids with autism, but this young man has taken music a step further.

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We have covered music therapy as an option for kids with autism, but this young man has taken music a step further. Eric Look plays the piano and sings to audiences in Milwaukee. His family noticed his musical talents when he was younger; he could play just about any song he heard on the piano. Look had many sensory issues growing up, but recently explained, “I feel like a good musician. Music is what I love. I love to listen, I like to perform.” This young adult with autism writes and sings his own songs as well as those of his favorite, the late Jim Croce.

Sweetwater Spectrum is Housing Community for Adults with Autism

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Sweetwater Spectrum is more than just a group home for young adults and adults with autism, it is a community.

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Sweetwater Spectrum is more than just a group home for young adults and adults with autism, it is a community. The community in Sonoma, CA, will be home to 16 adults in four 3, 250 square foot homes. The founders have taken the best they’ve found in residential living from around the country and incorporated it into Sweetwater. The community is built to enhance, and not disturb sensory integration. There is a community kitchen, exercise studio, organic garden, art and music rooms, and life skills learning areas. The residents will work or attend the nearby community college or work in a sheltered day program.

Teen with Autism Launches T-Shirt Line

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Hannah Greenberg is a teen who loves fashion; she also has autism.

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Hannah Greenberg is a teen who loves fashion; she also has autism. That hasn’t stopped her from raising money to create a t-shirt line. Spectrum Designs, a company run entirely by people with autism, will create the t-shirts. Hannah loves color, the alphabet and her “zany curly hair,” all of which she brings to her A-Z t-shirts. For example, “D is for Diva” features a fun stick figure with curly hair and the word “Diva” designed to look like, well, a diva! A portion of the sales from the t-shirts will help fund employment for adults on the spectrum.

Virginia Tech to Open New Autism Research Center

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Virginia Tech has had an autism clinic for 8 years, now they are ready to move into the forefront of autism research.

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Virginia Tech has had an autism clinic for 8 years, now they are ready to move into the forefront of autism research. The Center for Autism Research will focus on highly-functioning college age young adults. Angela Scarpa, director of the center, explained the process, “First, we need to establish our research groups, conduct pilot studies and obtain federal and foundation funding needed to conduct these critical studies." The Center is receiving in put from the Fralin Life Science Institute and the Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment.

Eden Autism Services Expands Job Training in New Jersey

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Eden Autism Services has provided job training and placement for people with autism over the age of 21 for 30 years.

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Eden Autism Services has provided job training and placement for people with autism over the age of 21 for 30 years. They have facilities in Florida and New Jersey; the new center will assist up to 60 people in NJ. The people Eden serves are typically on the low-end of the autism spectrum. The job training Eden delivers is focused on three areas: center-based, supportive, and competitive. For example, one of the skills they are teaching is how to scan photographs into computers to then be moved to CD for storage. In addition to job training, Eden offers residential and group home services.

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