The Resource Page
Recently, we have also added a page – Books in our Library – that you might find helpful. All of the books have been donated to our organization. We present them to you with summaries culled from book-seller sites that do not necessarily reflect our opinions.
You may also want to check out our Watercooler blog written for and by people with Asperger’s Syndrome or by people who love them.
Even without COVID, the life expentancy of this population is 20 years lower than those of their counterparts in the general public.
Increased mortality in those with intellectual disabilities is caused by a number of factors and the impact of each is not well explored; in some cases, the cause of their disability or complications associated with their disability (in particular, difficulties with aspiration) may contribute to higher risk of mortality. In other cases, socioeconomic factors, obstacles to receiving the full amount of health care to which they should be entitled, and obstacles to effective advocacy for this population may contribute to an inability to receive appropriate and effective health care, which in turn leads to increased morbidity and mortality.
Here is a list of topics covered by this article.
- What is ASD?
- Deficits in Interaction
- Behavioral patterns
- Mental health disorders
- Irregular circadian rhythm
- Medical issues
- Light therapy
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Sleep restriction
- Stimulus contral
- Relaxation training
- Sleep training
- Schedule checklist
- Keep bedtime routine
- Changes in the routine
This post also lists a number of blogs that deal with this issue.
“There are many organizations that provide training for different types of service dogs,” writes Cortney Childers, the author of the page. “Don’t discount the power of research; spend time finding groups both locally and nationally, until you come across one that matches your needs. With some work and a little luck, you’ll have an amazing four-legged service companion in no time.”
Check out the following items listed on the webpage.
- Things to know before you start
- Researching service dog training programs
- Multiple or varying diagnosis
The authors of this page don’t limit the information they share to the relationship between autism and addiction. They also delve deeply into information about autism itself like
- What is autism
- Different types of autism
- Risk factors for autism
- What is addiction
- Dual diagnosis
- And more
Car Modification for Persons with Disabilities: What You Need to Know (fitmycar.com) — “Thanks to adaptive driving and assistive technology, people with disabilities can confidently and safely drive themselves to any destination.” Here are the topics covered on this helpful page:
- Who Benefits from Assistive Technology?
- Car Modification and Its Benefits
- Types of Assistive Modifications for Cars
- Best Cars for Mobility Disabilities
A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding Cars for Handicapped (BraunAbility) — Today, it is possible to make various modifications to a vehicle that allows a person with limited mobility to still drive a car. This page provides information to get a person with mobility challenges to prepared to become an independent driver. Topics covered are
- Get an Understanding of Driving With a Disability
- Enroll in Driving School and See Which Vehicle Modifications Are Needed for Your Disability
- Get Disabled Driving Lessons to Get Used to the Equipment
- Pass Your Exam
- Be Sure That The Vehicle Passes All the Prerequisites If You’re Going to Modify It
- Understand What Modifications Are Necessary
- Study the Disabled Driving Laws
Car modification, registration and license for physically challenged (ragesonleashed) — “Most of us are passionate about driving and riding here. This becomes all the more important if you are physically challenged because, driving is one place where there is absolutely no difference between physically challenged person and others, movement wise.” Topics covered on this page are the following:
- Before buying
- Buying process
- After buying
- Learner’s license
Having a disability should not limit a person’s mobility. We hope these site are of value to you.
To look for employment, begin by contacting agencies that may be of help, such as state employment offices, vocational rehabilitation departments, social services offices, mental health departments and disability-specific organizations. Many of these agencies, as well as other valuable services and supports, can be found in the Autism Society’s nationwide online database, Autism Source. Search or call today to find programs in your area!
With assistance from our Professional Advisory Board Members, CIP has developed comprehensive curriculum specifically for Asperger’s syndrome, high-functioning autism, nonverbal learning differences, ADHD and other learning differences. Further development in academic supports include tutoring, advising, executive functioning skills groups, study halls and academic liaison with colleges and universities.
CIP provides various services:
- Transition Programs for Students with Autism, Asperger’s, ADHD, and Learning Differences
- Full-Year Post-Secondary Support Programs
- Two-week Summer Experiences
- College Academic, Social Skills, Employment, and Life Skills Support
- Independent Living in Fully Furnished Apartments
- Enrollment Options at World-Class Educational Institutions
- Internship, Job & Career Development
It is important that high functioning autistics and Asperger’s syndrome people pick a college major in an area where they can get jobs. Computer science is a good choice because it is very likely that many of the best programmers have either Asperger’s syndrome or some of its traits. Other good majors are: accounting, engineering, library science, and art with an emphasis on commercial art and drafting. Majors in history, political science, business, English or pure math should be avoided. However, one could major in library science with a minor in history, but the library science degree makes it easier to get a good job.
Her lists for both bad and good jobs include reasons why each is either good or bad for people with Aspergers.
In 2011, when SAP was approached by the Autism Society of India to create educational software for children with autism, its employees had very little personal experience with autism. But that introduction led to the employment of close to 700 people on the Spectrum by 2013 and the education of its non-autistic personnelle. At first, autistic individuals were hired for browser testing. But things have expanded since then. Jose Velasco is an executive at the Newtown Square, Pennsylvania location of SAP that is located 12.6 miles from Philadelphia. He is the father of two children on the Spectrum, so he has a vested interest in the success of the Autism at Work program, which he heads.
Velasco explained how the company reexamined the entire employee experience, starting with hiring. Instead of traditional interviews, SAP held Lego-centric “hangout days.” Candidates were put in groups of eight and given Lego Mindstorm robotics kits…. The goal: to gauge several skills, including “the ability to read instructions and execute instructions. If the instructions are incorrect, do they go up and ask for help? Do they help colleagues?”
…Successful candidates then progressed to a four-week course…. “Transitions from Point A to Point B–junior high to high school, high school to college, college to professional life–are always difficult. So we try to soften the transitions.”
Life in Progress was the brain child of Ed Hunter, who has been a professional job coach for the last 15 years. “I am the parent of a brilliant, funny adult who was diagnosed with Aspergers, graduated from college with a degree in IT, and now also has a rewarding career,” writes Mr. Hunter. “I experienced his challenges in finding meaningful work, and saw how he, and others, struggled with the social demands of job-seeking…. I realized… that more students were coming to college diagnosed with Autism than ever before. These young people each had wonderful skills and talents. They yearned for opportunities to utilize their gifts in rewarding work. Just like everyone else.”
The findings may challenge the prevailing view that autistic people avoid looking at social stimuli, such as faces, because they have low social motivation. Instead, the investigators say, eye-movement problems may interfere with autistic people’s ability to shift their attention fluidly to social stimuli….
A lack of eye-movement coordination and flexibility could hinder social interactions in childhood and contribute to core autism traits, such as the tendency to avoid eye contact, says Johan Lundin Kleberg, a clinical psychologist and postdoctoral researcher at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden….
Nico Bast, head of clinical research at Goethe University Frankfurt in Germany, theorizes that people with autism have perception difficulties no matter what the stimuli. In other words people on the Autism Spectrum respond to any stimuli be it a person or scenery “that are far away from the current focus of attention,” the same way.
[A]s a housing person, I try to focus more on the local issues because housing challenges of building housing are very localized, as well as you know, nationwide. But I try to learn from great models all over the country, you know. At first, I started out looking at some great models in California. And when I realized after so many other great teachers out there, I started traveling and reaching out to these communities and we do a lot of advocacy work together. So, in the process I’ve learned a lot from my teachers. So, what I’m sharing today is nothing that I came up with. It’s all something that I am shamelessly copying from others….
[T]hose type of arrangements [mixed-use communities] are very ideal for individuals that are fairly independent. But in many ways, families and individuals that I meet require a lot more of attention to care and while those type of arrangements could work for some individuals, others may not be. And so, for me when I see the type of housing that works beautifully are, you know communities that have what’s called “Continuum of Care models.” So, an individual can actually be fairly independent at a certain point but as they age, their needs change. You know, these types of communities actually have a variety of options available so that that person would never have to leave that community but continue to be a part of them, they’re you know, connected community that there (sic) a part of.