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If not now then when……
What is Autism
Overall Grant Objectives
Timeline of grant and milestones
Visual of what the goals ultimately will drive
Who is the Autism Society of MN – AuSM
Autism or ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) is a complex developmental disorder that is present from birth or very early in development.
Autism is a developmental disability that is diagnosed based on three areas of disorder:
- Impairment in social interaction
- Impairment in communication
- Resistance to change, restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior, interests, and activities.
Difficulty with Communication:
Resistance to change:
It is a puzzle?
People with Autism Have Terrific Memories They may have a much better memory than their typical peers for all kind of critical details. Autistic People Are Less Materialistic They worry less about brand names, hairstyles and other expensive but unimportant externals than most people do.
Individuals with Autism Have Fewer Hidden Agendas Most of the time, if a person on the autism spectrum tells you what he wants -- he is telling you what he wants. No need to beat around the bush, second guess, and hope you're reading between the line. Just say it like it is!
People with Autism Open New Doors for neuro-typicals For some having an autistic person in our lives has had a profound positive impact on our perceptions, beliefs and expectations.
…from a lifetime of "should" – to a new world of "is.
Individuals with Autism rarely Lie They live in black and white terms. To them, truth is truth.
People on the Autism Spectrum Live in the Moment How often do typical people fail to notice what's in front of their eyes because they're distracted by social cues or random chitchat?
People with Autism Rarely Judge Others Social distinctions hold much less importance. In fact, people on the spectrum often see through such surface appearances to discover the real person.
Individuals with Autism are Passionate Many are truly passionate about the things, ideas and people in their lives.
People with Autism Are Not Tied to Social Expectations They want to be treated normal, of course this means you must define normal. What matters is being treated with respect and kindness.
1 in 110
12,000 families in Minnesota affected by ASD
13,000 children diagnosed with autism
Age 8 is largest population
Every 20 seconds someone is diagnosed with autism
Only 3% of our aging population is employed fulltime
Fear of the unknown
Time and effort
To improve the infrastructure and build capacity to expand and improve the employment outcomes of young adults on the autism spectrum. Traditionally those with ASD have experienced difficulty with job procurement and retention.
AuSM proposes to address this situation by facilitating a round table discussion with a diverse group of employers, educators, service providers, parents, individuals on solutions/strategies specific to address barriers to job entry and retention aligning them with the 8 goals as described in this grant.
Short term: strategies/solutions
Long term: pilots/workshops/Employment tools
Partners: Vocational Rehabilitation Services and the Govenor’s Council Developmental Disabilities
February - Ongoing
Test & Collect
-Phase 1 companies
-Dr. Barb’ support group
Service Provider companies
Held at 3M on 2/17/11
1,600 in attendance
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Temple Grandin
Co-Founders: 3M, Cargill, Best Buy
Co-Sponsors: Vocational Resource Services and
Governor’s Council on Developmental
Objective: employers talking to employers about hiring and retaining those affected by ASD
Outcome: how their gifts and talents help you become the employer of choice…..
State ACCESS Group
Governor's Council Developmental
Department of Human Services
The Cooperating Community
Programs Johnson-Condon Law FirmLarry Moody - AuSMAmeriprise
Minnesota Dept. of Transportation
MN State Council of Disability
TPT (Institution to Independence)
HBO (Temple Grandin movie)
TSE - Training, Support & Employment PrudentialLifeworksCapella University
The Wallace Group
GTS – Government Training Services
-Partners in Policy Making
MDLC Minnesota Disability Law Center
ICI Institute Community Integration
MN Life College
American Financial Printing, Inc. (AFPI)
Working with your employees strengths
Overview of strengths, talents/gifts
Overview of learning styles and challenges of those affected with ASD in the workplace
Workplace Supports and Accommodations
Recommendations on solutions and strategies for the workplace
Hiring Practices need to change
Ability to reach candidates
Facilitated interviews to attain skill-sets
No disclosure / No diagnosis
Retention Practices need to change
Acclimation practices / don’t assume
Employers/Co-Workers/Employees with ASD
Help facilitate “social interactions” to become apart of the team
* Focus on their strengths
* Use what is “motivating” to the individual
* Don’t forget positive reinforcement
* Engage and Involve all on the team enhancing inclusion opportunities
Communication = Use direct language
* Be as black and white as possible
* Include details--don’t assumptions!
* Avoid lengthy directional statements
* Avoid implied meanings
Tools that help = Schedules—picture or written
Use predictable job routines
* Provide “rules” or work policies
* Provide details
* Clearly define work expectations
* Break work down into small tasks
* Allow more training time
Founded in 1971, serving families, educators and individuals with ASD
Our mission: As the local presence of the autism community in MN we have existed to enhance the lives of those living with ASD through education, support, collaboration and advocacy.
To inform and educate – families, educators, professionals and the community
To advocate for appropriate services and rights
Onsite and customized strategies/solutions to match your busines model and specific job functions
Designed for Human Resources personnel, Hiring Managers and Diversity Committees to improve internal hiring practices, retention strategies and supports for those with ASD
One-on-One sessions with management
One on One session with employees
Employment Business guide, a quick reference for managers, employees with ASD, co-workers, parents with special needs child/adult.
Mental health clinic
Parent supports and training series for those employed and raising a child with a disability
Adult programs, supports and resources for those living with ASD
Information and Referrals = 4,000 inquiries
Parent packets = 300 families
Resource Directory and Lending Library
Advocacy and Outreach
Leaders in mobilizing policy, participation in taskforce and stakeholder groups with our community partners
Steps of Hope grants = 23 awarded
Numerous events = fundraising / self funded
Education and Professional Development
Discovery series = 100’s of families
Annual State Autism Conference = 674 participants
Spectrum Series Classes = 460 community members
Lectures and Workshops = 100’s of educators and families
Annual Symposium for Educators = 230 attendees
Mental Health Clinic= 828 assessments
Camps = 300 campers
Eagles Nest = 86 children
Support groups = 350 individuals
Working with co founders on the 2012 forum
Working with 20 other companies and service providers on educational needs
Holding a workshop on ASD and Employment with VRS, Speaker: James Emmett
Employment Business book to be published in 2011
VRS -2nd grant for employment
Establish MN Employment Council
Join MN Business Leadership Network Group