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Unique Brain Pattern Could Predict Autism in Youngest Children | TIME.com

Unique Brain Pattern Could Predict Autism in Youngest Children | TIME.com | Career Transition for Autism and Asperger's | Scoop.it
Genetic changes are almost certainly behind many cases of autism, and the latest research suggests that some of those alterations may be contributing to more densely connected networks of brain nerves.
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This is an excellent (scientific) explanation of the neural superhighways in the brains of people with autism. It validates what those of us who know autistic people already knew - that people with autism are by no means deficient. The primary difference is they are asymetrical - exceptionally strong in some areas (sometimes genius) and markedly weak in others. Focus on strengths; stop fixating on weaknesses. See amazing!

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Thinking differently: Autism finds space in the workplace

Thinking differently: Autism finds space in the workplace | Career Transition for Autism and Asperger's | Scoop.it
LONDON (Reuters) - Some call it neurological diversity, others see it as autism's fight back.
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This is further validation of how autism is coming out of the shadows of deficit thinking. Fantastic!

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Group creates residential farm for adults with autism

Group creates residential farm for adults with autism | Career Transition for Autism and Asperger's | Scoop.it
Parents do not forget the day a child is diagnosed with autism. Just ask Catherine Pinto, the mother of a 22-year-old son with the complex disorder of...
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This is a very innovative concept. If you ask young people with autism what their interest is, a large percentage will say they like animals. Kudos to these parents for taking it into their hands to design a future for their children.

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Tech support role with CCTV firm is just the job for Asperger syndrome sufferer Sam

Sam’s disability ­employment adviser put him in touch with Pluss, an organisation that works with the Government to get disabled people a job
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Successful career planning (especially for people on the spectrum) is a combination lock. You have to find the right codes (strengths) that align to the right jobs (ecologies). Here is an instance where a young man could have gotten locked out of the work world, but found the right combination. We need more of these stories. Well done!

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Connecting workers on the autism spectrum with tech jobs

Connecting workers on the autism spectrum with tech jobs | Career Transition for Autism and Asperger's | Scoop.it
Data entry is repetitive and hard to do well — that is, quickly and accurately. Shane Foley is great at it.
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Startups focused on untapping the high-tech potential of the ASD population are beginning to pop up with greater frequency. In addition to providing real work opportunities, this validates the potential (people are beginning to recognize the substantial strength in the ASD population for high tech).


Hopefully high-tech will be just the first of subsequent career areas in which private industry recognizes the potential of individuals with ASD.

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Angela McDonald's curator insight, June 3, 2013 2:17 AM

This article details a fascinating pilot program, putting individuals with Autism Spectrum into paid technology jobs. The program utilises the applicants strengths including attention to detail and task based initiatives while identifying a positive path for traits that are considered ‘impairments’ to be viewed as highly sought after, especially the low social functions.

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Montgomery mother sees hope in autistic son's "broken doughnut"

Montgomery mother sees hope in autistic son's "broken doughnut" | Career Transition for Autism and Asperger's | Scoop.it
The following letter is written by Christi Aitken, a Montgomery, Alabama
resident who recently took a trip to an area doughnut restaurant with
her children.
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It is said one's strength can become a weakness. In this case, and in many cases, people encounter an individual's behavior (on the spectrum) and focus first, foremost, and exclusively on weakness. This child's inflexible need for perfection is not only a signature (weakness) of autism, but can/should be seen as a strength that (given the right career circumstance) could eventually serve him well. I applaud the parent's reaction, but I think there is the potential to go beyond simply "getting around the issue" and acknowledging it as a potential source of strength.

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How high-tech jobs could solve the autism unemployment crisis

How high-tech jobs could solve the autism unemployment crisis | Career Transition for Autism and Asperger's | Scoop.it
Since getting his first Game Boy at five years old, Aaron Winston knew he wanted to work in the gaming industry. But as he got older, the prospect seemed less and less likely: Winston, who is...
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More people focusing on strengths vs. deficits, and in the process discovering the amazing.

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What Genius and Autism Have in Common | TIME.com

What Genius and Autism Have in Common | TIME.com | Career Transition for Autism and Asperger's | Scoop.it
A study of eight child prodigies finds that share some striking characteristics, most notably high levels of autistic traits and an overrepresentation of autism in their close family members
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Studies like this help us reframe autism and see it differently. Until now, autism has been viewed (almost exclusively) in a negative light. There is an amazing side to autism. You have to look for it, but it's there. See amazing!

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German firm to hire more people with autism

German firm to hire more people with autism | Career Transition for Autism and Asperger's | Scoop.it
Computer software company announces plans to employ hundreds of people with autism in bid to drive innovative thinking.
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Companies just starting to see the amazing potential of people with Autism. High prevalence + new recognition of talent = new "normal"

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How Asperger's Complicates One Teen's Search for the Perfect College

How Asperger's Complicates One Teen's Search for the Perfect College | Career Transition for Autism and Asperger's | Scoop.it
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This is an excellent example of parents being out in front of the headlights, designing the future pathway for their child. "We game plan everything," says the father. This is absolutely what parents must do. They cannot rely on the traditional (general, hands-off, rely-on-others) model for preparing their children for college and career. Parent's must be the designers of their children's education/career futures. Well done!

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Boy genius diagnosed with autism has IQ higher than Einstein 

Boy genius diagnosed with autism has IQ higher than Einstein  | Career Transition for Autism and Asperger's | Scoop.it
As a child, doctors told Jacob Barnett’s parents that their autistic son would probably never know how to tie his shoes.
Clain Udy's insight:

This is a fantastic example of a parent refusing to allow the conventional (negative) disposition - of educators and others - to define her son. Where others saw nothing but weakness, she saw strength. This is precisely how parents can change the futures of their children on the spectrum, and change the perceptions around autism. Bravo!

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