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Topics included mostly as it pertains to teens and young adults living with traits of High-Functioning Autism and Asperger's Syndrome.
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World Autism Day: How I channeled my Asperger syndrome, ADHD, and OCD into YouTube | Metro News

World Autism Day: How I channeled my Asperger syndrome, ADHD, and OCD into YouTube | Metro News | Education Matters! | Scoop.it
Asperger syndrome is a form of autism that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others. People with Asperger syndrome see, hear and feel the world differentl
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App aims to get students with disabilities on 'trajectory for independent living'

App aims to get students with disabilities on 'trajectory for independent living' | Education Matters! | Scoop.it
Pennsylvania teens and young adults with disabilities now have access to a free app designed to help them find jobs, manage their needs and ge
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6 Best Homeschool Curriculum and Online Resources for Asperger’s and High-functioning Autism

6 Best Homeschool Curriculum and Online Resources for Asperger’s and High-functioning Autism | Education Matters! | Scoop.it
Many parents of children with Asperger’s or high-functioning autism have concluded that homeschooling is the best option for their child. Asperger’s syndrome (AS) is a neurobiological disorder on the higher-functioning end of autism spectrum sharing many characteristics with other autism spectrum disorders including the high-functioning autism (HFA). Some of the main characteristics of AS and HFA are: extreme difficulty in developing peer relationships and social skills, difficulty comprehending implied meanings, impairment in the use of eye gaze, facial expressions and gestures to regulate social interactions, lack of attention and auditory processing, etc.
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Who is helping Google get teen girls into coding?

Who is helping Google get teen girls into coding? | Education Matters! | Scoop.it

Answer: Wonder Woman - Women make up less than a quarter of game developers, and girls are less likely than boys to pursue coding as a career. Google is working to change that — and Wonder Woman is on board. Made with Code, the company’s initiative to get teenage girls inspired about coding and ready to become the next-generation tech workforce, has released an interactive coding project with Warner Bros. in conjunction with the premiere of Wonder Woman’s first feature film.


The program takes girls through three scenes from the movie, dragging and dropping items, actions and other variables to create a unique sequence of events they can see play out when they’re done.

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Meeting The Needs Of Young Adults With Autism

Few find it easy to transition from school to the adult world but for people with high-functioning Autism or Asperger’s syndrome, it can be a real challenge. Not only do these people face a major life transition, some or much of the help they’ve relied on as children begins to drop away at the same time that finding a job becomes important.

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How are Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Different?

How are Asperger Syndrome and High  Functioning Autism Different? | Education Matters! | Scoop.it

Compared with classic autism, children with Asperger Syndrome/HFA have IQs that fall in the normal or even superior range. To many, they may seem just like other children but not quite: children with AS are socially awkward in a manner that's not easily understood. This explains why healthcare providers may miss seeing Asperger Syndrome/HFA symptoms in their young patients, or may misdiagnose it completely. The late onset of complex social skills, such as peer interaction, also explains why some parents don't seek help until much later compared to those whose kids display a more profound or more obvious set of symptoms from a very young age. - Download the entire PDF, her.

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New York State reaches deal to provide free tuition for SUNY and CUNY students

New York State reaches deal to provide free tuition for SUNY and CUNY students | Education Matters! | Scoop.it
SUNY and CUNY students from families with incomes up to $125,000 will not pay tuition. But some aid experts are alarmed by requirement that graduates stay in state for same number of years they receive the benefit.
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Understanding High Functioning Autism

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Autism Spectrum Disorders can be...well confusing. No two children are alike. No two cases are the same. Doctors are still figuring out the ins and outs of the spectrum. Misinformation is plentiful. It can definitely be a beautiful mess to navigate.
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World Autism Awareness Week: What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

World Autism Awareness Week: What is Autism Spectrum Disorder? | Education Matters! | Scoop.it

Autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, refers to a group of developmental disorders. The condition is different for each person, and they will all have different symptoms, skills and levels of disability, depending on where they fall on the spectrum.


People with ASD will usually have social difficulties, which impacts the way they communicate and interact with others. This will affect their ability to function socially, whether at school, work, or in other areas of their lives.

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Going back to school in midlife

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Going back to school in midlife can be daunting, but it can also be your ticket to an encore career.
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Student with Asperger's Syndrome thrives beyond circumstances

Student with Asperger's Syndrome thrives beyond circumstances | Education Matters! | Scoop.it

Will had to overcome neurological and social challenges associated with his condition. Now at 23-years-old he will soon earn his Associate's Degree in Computer Programming at Meridian Community College this month. "I am just celebrating who I am as an individual and a human being. There are people in this world who will tell you, you will never make it. You are not going to be in this program. You have to take all of those naysayer sayings and prove them wrong," said Will.

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Very similar story of my Cancer surviving, #Aspie personality, 4.0 Accounting major, 19-yr old son who is on track for Graduating with his Associates Degree before his 20th Birthday.
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Would you teach your kids on the road?

Would you teach your kids on the road? | Education Matters! | Scoop.it
In the growing movement of worldschooling, parents don’t believe you have to postpone your travel goals until the kids are grown up.
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The New FAFSA Rules for College Financial Aid

The New FAFSA Rules for College Financial Aid | Education Matters! | Scoop.it
Parents with children in high school will want to know about the new rules for the FAFSA form for college financial aid. Here's a rundown.
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Grandin, autism advocate, shares insights at Elon - News - The Times-News - Burlington, NC

Grandin, autism advocate, shares insights at Elon - News - The Times-News - Burlington, NC | Education Matters! | Scoop.it
Flaws in education system, risks in technology trouble celebrated educator
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Everything You Need To Know About The Different Types Of Autism

Everything You Need To Know About The Different Types Of Autism | Education Matters! | Scoop.it
I remember being terrified when my son was first diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. I had very little idea of what that meant beyond what I'd heard on Oprah — I didn't know what it meant for his life. It's a spectrum, so of course I began wonde…
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Google developed a school curriculum to help kids fight trolls and hackers

Google developed a school curriculum to help kids fight trolls and hackers | Education Matters! | Scoop.it
Google is launching an educational program designed to teach kids about phishing, internet harassment, passwords, and other internet safety issues. Called "Be Internet Awesome," it include
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Northwestern MutualVoice: How to Protect Your Co-Signer if You Have Private Student Loans

Northwestern MutualVoice: How to Protect Your Co-Signer if You Have Private Student Loans | Education Matters! | Scoop.it
Do you have co-signers on your student loans? If so, they may be responsible for repaying your loans if you die or become disabled. Learn what you need to do to protect the friend or family member who co-signed your loans.
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People on the autism spectrum should share their stories – The Miscellany News

I suffer from the developmental disorder known as Asperger’s syndrome, which is on the autism spectrum. I strongly believe that the only way to gain true acceptance is for people on the spectrum to share their stories so people can truly understand the struggle we face. That is why I have decided to share my story today.
I realized recently that Asperger’s is not a crutch, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. It is a difference
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Articles like these is why #AutismAwareness is so very important! This excerpt brought me to tears:-> "When you meet someone in your dorm who cannot make eye contact or fidgets, do not call your neighbor crazy or nuts. When you come across an individual in class who has trouble speaking or has slow reaction speed, absolutely do not call them retarded. These people are not lesser, they are different. These people are strong individuals who have spent their entire lives overcoming difficult obstacles. They are brave souls who have not let fear of ostracization hinder their desire to live happy and fulfilling lives. They are neurodivergent people living in a world of neurotypicals, and that’s a damn hard thing to be." - Drew Solender
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"Light It Up Blue" is more harmful than helpful

Josh Hoffman johoffman@ursinus.edu As one of the most prominent organizations on campus addressing mental illness stigmas, Active Minds holds a special place in my heart. I have dealt with mental illness for much of my life, and....

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WOW! -> "Wearing a blue shirt (or, if you’re “woke,” a taupe shirt) won’t tell passersby that #autism is a condition characterized by spectrums of certain behaviors, disabilities or abilities and habits; that autistics aren’t doomed to a life of misery; that autistics are capable of learning almost any content or skill; that of course autistics are capable of empathy but may not be as automatically skilled at showing it; that autistics don’t have to assimilate according to neurotypical standards; that autism is a completely legitimate expression of human diversity; or, in short, that there’s nothing wrong with being autistic! Blue shirts and lights won’t force neurotypicals to face the realities of oppression that autistics and people with disabilities face."
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Asperger’s Syndrome - Autism Society

Asperger’s Syndrome - Autism Society | Education Matters! | Scoop.it

What distinguishes Asperger’s Disorder from classic autism are its less severe symptoms and the absence of language delays. Children with Asperger’s Disorder may be only mildly affected, and they frequently have good language and cognitive skills. To the untrained observer, a child with Asperger’s Disorder may just seem like a neurotypical child behaving differently.


Children with autism are frequently viewed as aloof and uninterested in others. This is not the case with Asperger’s Disorder. Individuals with Asperger’s Disorder usually want to fit in and have interaction with others, but often they don’t know how to do it. They may be socially awkward, not understand conventional social rules or show a lack of empathy. They may have limited eye contact, seem unengaged in a conversation and not understand the use of gestures or sarcasm.

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There is Now a 12-Week Online Program for Overcoming Social Anxiety

There is Now a 12-Week Online Program for Overcoming Social Anxiety | Education Matters! | Scoop.it
Two Stanford graduates are the brains behind Joyable, a startup that pairs users with coaches to tackle social challenges
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5 Reasons to Go Back to College After 50 - Next Avenue

5 Reasons to Go Back to College After 50 - Next Avenue | Education Matters! | Scoop.it
Getting a college degree after 50 can pay off professionally and personally in a vareity of ways.
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Along the Autism Spectrum, a Path Through Campus Life

Along the Autism Spectrum, a Path Through Campus Life | Education Matters! | Scoop.it
The first generation of students with an autism diagnosis is fanning out to schools across the country. They face a complex array of academic and social challenges.
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Amazon Prime And Wells Fargo End Their Student Loan Discount

Amazon Prime And Wells Fargo End Their Student Loan Discount | Education Matters! | Scoop.it
Students seeking a student loan discount can no longer turn to Amazon Prime. Amazon and Wells Fargo ended their student loan discount program barely six weeks after it began.
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