The following article on Healthline.com talks about autism being portrayed more in TV and film these days, and how that is having a potentially positive affect on mainstream awareness and acceptance of autism and neurodiversity throughout society, including the workplace.
There are arguments about how various TV shows and films depict autistic individuals and/or whether or not autistic screenwriters and actors are utilized or consulted to ensure accurate portrayal of the wide spectrum that is autism.
However, the fact that such shows/films are sparking more conversation among "neurotypicals" I believe is a starting point from which to drive positive change.
Nick Venturella, owner AutismHR.com
I'm a big fan of the graphics web application, Canva. As a creative professional myself, I use it everyday. The best part is, it's free!
Here on AutismHR we have a tutorial for autistic graphic designers looking to get started on Fiverr offering freelance web banner designs as a service. I bring up Canva today for those individuals.
Canva has an online marketplace where users can gain access to tons of graphic design templates to help jump start just about any design project including, web banners and social media banners/cover images.
If you're designing web banners, especially for social media platforms, check out these social media graphics templates for free from Canva.
Posted by: Nick Venturella, owner of AutismHR.com
On The Art of Autism website, Ron Sandison interviewed Angela Felice Mahoney, a life skills special education teacher at Rogers Park Middle School in Danbury, CT who has been designing a curriculum I Can Work to help autistic students learn vocational skills for employment.
Angela offers plenty of tips for autistic job seekers, parents, teachers and employers.
InsiderMonkey.com posted an article titled: 10 Companies that Hire Adults with High-functioning Autism or Asperger’s.
Here's the intro to that article:
"If you are looking for a job but are not sure which companies hire adults with high functioning autism or Asperger’s this list of 10 companies that hire adults with high-functioning autism or Asperger’s will definitely help you find your answer. "
Follow the link below to read the entire article.
Based in the university town of Chapel Hill, NC, Extraordinary Ventures, Inc. (EV) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that creates and nurtures self-sustaining small businesses with the philosophy that all people are employable.
And boy, is EV doing some extraordinary things...
EV is celebrating 10 years of operation. In that time they have developed a portfolio of six businesses that provide meaningful work and skill-building for autistic individuals.
Scott Kramer is an autistic adult and the program director of the GCA Centre for Adult Autism. Kramer will be launching the Inaugural Tri-State Adult Autism Symposium Conference on Saturday, July 22, in Chattanooga, TN at Red Bank Baptist Church, 4000 Dayton Blvd.
This is the first autism conference east of the Mississippi to focus fully on adult autism themes (employment, independent living, social relationships, health and wellness, and research).
JT FireStarters is a business that produces firestarters for starting a fire in a fireplace or a camp fire. The business was developed and is owned and operated by Daniel and his family.
JT FireStarters also focuses on autism job training for other autistic adults.
This is just another example of the many routes an autistic adult can take towards finding meaningful work.
I am honored to have the opportunity to share my story on Fiverr's blog.
You can read the full blog post here: A Father's Inspiration from His Son Helps Others Build a Fiverr Business.
Ron Sandison is a self-advocating autistic adult who works full-time in healthcare, part-time as a professor, is married with a child, he runs the blog and website Spectrum Inclusion, and speaks at several autism-related conferences each year. Oh, I forget to mention that he's an author too.
Recently, Ron wrote a post on The Art of Autism site about his encounter with Dr. Temple Grandin, as they were both speakers at a conference in Michigan. Ron writes recounting Temple sharing her thoughts about autistic adults needing to, "...get their butts out of the house and get a job!"
She went on to talk about ways autistic adults can start small to begin building work experience.
AutismHR.com wants to help autistic adults find meaningful work to earn worthwhile income from the Gig Economy. AutismHR believes the Gig Economy can provide, at the least a starting point for creative autistic adults to earn some income from providing their skills as an online digital service. At most, ambitious autistic adults can potentially make a full-time living doing project-based freelance work in the Gig Economy.
Both Sandison and Grandin are good role models of autistic working adults -- find more to stay encouraged and motivated, and become one as you progress along your own employment/entrepreneurial journey.
Posted by: Nick Venturella