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Monday, May 21, 2012

Devereux Celebrates Centennial; Autism Transition Handbook; Update on DSM-5 & ASD; Questions To Ask Your Teacher's Child Before School Ends; Young Adults With Autism Lack Jobs

"If you keep focusing on disabilities, you're going to miss most of what makes us who we really are: our abilities." Jerry Komar, Founder and Editor Autism News and Views

Happy Birthday Devereux!!!

Devereux, a leading behavioral health care organization serving individuals with developmental disabilities, is celebrating their centennial this year.

Devereux was founded in 1912 by Helena T. Devereux. At the time, she was a young Philadelphia school teacher. From a small classroom, the organization she founded has grown into one of the largest providers in the nation.

Autism News and Views congratulates Devereux for their enduring vision. Thank you Devereux for what you do each and every day---serving and supporting individuals with developmental disabilities. For more information on Devereux, visit http://www.devereux.org/

Devereux Provides Autism Transition Handbook
Devereux published a handbook and wiki to assist individuals with autism and their families to gain access to the most current and comprehensive information on the transition to adulthood. For more information, please visit http://www.autismhandbook.org/. You can also visit them on Facebook.

Update On DSM-5 and ASD

If you are interested in the most recent update regarding DSM-5 and ASD, visit Autism Society at http://www.autism-society.org/

Schools Will Be Out---Questions Need To Be Asked

So what questions do you need to ask your child's teacher before school lets out for the summer? The following questions require answers:
  • What can I work on with my child this summer? Ask for a minimum of 3 goals that you can work on with your child.
  • May I have worksheets to help reinforce the skills learned during the school year?
  • May I have some phone numbers to any parents of children my child befriended this year so I can set up some play dates?
  • What kind of behavior system do you use in class? I would like continue using the system at home this summer.
  • Can you recommend any summer programs my child might enjoy?
Teachers should also recommend any other ideas or activities parents can use during the summer vacation.
(Jennifer Lingle, M.Ed.)

1 in 3 Young Adults With Autism Lack Jobs and Education

Those who work with young adults with autism know well the challenges in assisting individuals find jobs. Pediatrics reported that within two years of leaving high school more than half of those with autism had no job experience, college or technical education. In fact, even seven years after high school 35% still had no paid employment or education beyond high school.
This study takes on added significance and urgency considering in the next decade approximately 1/2 million children with autism will reach adulthood.
It is clear adults with autism need more on-the-job training and social skills training to help make them more employable. In fact, preliminary studies show this type of training has promise in helping individuals with autism find jobs after leaving high school.
(The Examiner)

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