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July 25, 2014

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logoEmployment News
Two MIT Grads Founded A Startup That Almost Exclusively Employs People On The Autism Spectrum

How Autism Can Help You Land a Job

Tsunami of Young Adults with Autism Face Uncertain Future, Unemployment Crisis

logoEducation News
Is a 504 Plan Right for My Child?

logoConference News Update
USAAA 2014 World Conference - Sept 4-7 - REGISTER NOW

Featured Conference Sponsors and Exhibitors

Two MIT Grads Founded A Startup That Almost Exclusively Employs People On The Autism Spectrum


Mark Leslie is a capable computer programmer who speaks four languages, but until recently the latest entry on his resume was a retail job he held for six years at a Barnes & Noble in New York City. Like many of the estimated 1.5 million Americans on the autism spectrum, Leslie, who has Asperger's syndrome, is at a disadvantage in traditional office environments. There, he could run into unplanned social interactions that can cause anxiety or risk reporting to a boss ill-equipped to communicate with someone on the spectrum.  Full Article...

"It really helps for me to bring out the talent that I feel like I've had, but I haven't really had the opportunity to explore it as fully as I am now," Leslie, 35, said in an interview with Business Insider. "It's a constant learning experience and it's constantly challenging, which I really enjoy."

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How Autism Can Help You Land a Job
SAP, Freddie Mac Recruit Autistic Workers to Fill Roles That Call for Precision; Debugging Software


DUBLIN - Some employers increasingly are viewing autism as an asset and not a deficiency in the workplace. Germany-based software company SAP has been actively seeking people with autism for jobs, not because of charitable outreach but because it believes features of autism may make some individuals better at certain jobs than those without autism. Full Article...

People with autism spectrum disorder - characterized by social deficits and repetitive behavior - tend to pay great attention to detail, which may make them well suited as software testers or debuggers, according to Mr. Velasco, who has two children with the condition.

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Tsunami of Young Adults with Autism Face Uncertain Future, Unemployment Crisis
Parents-Turned-Entrepreneurs, Autism Specialists Call for Small Business Solutions

With mounting evidence that America is ill-prepared to serve the tsunami of young adults with autism aging out of school programs, parents-turned-entrepreneurs and autism leaders called for a national movement to create sustainable business ventures that will employ 500,000 adults with autism expected to seek employment over the next decade. Full Article...

"As growing numbers of children with autism grow up over the next six years there will be a 78 percent increase in demand for adult services. These individuals often have strengths that make them good employees, but they face challenges in the workplace and need support."

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education news

Is a 504 Plan Right for My Child?

Written by Laura Kaloi, NCLD Public Policy Advisor

When you are making a decision about how to seek support for your child at school it's important to know your options to request help under the federal law. There are two laws for K-12 students in public school that may offer supports and services: the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Schools that receive federal funding are obligated to serve students under Section 504; however, no federal funds are provided to directly support offering Section 504 services. Full article...

This legal requirement essentially says that some kids with LD or ADHD may not meet the state or district requirements of the second prong. While the student may have a disability, it may not be impacting their learning in ways that qualify them for special education services. These students however, because they have an LD or ADHD, may meet the requirement to have a 504 plan if their disability "substantially limits them in performing one or more major life activity."

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conference news update

Conference update on CEU Accreditation

Attention Parents: Tell all your teachers and other professionals to sign up and join you at this year's conference in Kansas City.

Professionals: Expand your skills, network, and career. There is no better way to meet parents, physicians, and educators under one roof than at a US Autism & Asperger Association conference. Parents, professionals, and educators share their experiences and tips. Pre-Register or call 1-888-9AUTISM.

CEU Accreditation - Continuing education is offered throughout the entire 2014 conference for all professionals. Check with your state or national associations to ensure CEUs are accepted by your organization. Attendees may register to receive a Certificate of Attendance (COA) or CEU certificate with their association. For additional information, click here.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) - CEU certificate. This course is offered for up to 1.65 ASHA CEUs (Various level, Professional area). The Missouri Speech-Language-Hearing Association is approved by the Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to provide continuing activities in speech-language pathology and audiology. See course information for number of ASHA CEUs, instructional level and content area. ASHA CE Provider approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures.

National Association of Social Workers (NASW) - "This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval #886673846-2887) for 15.5. Social Work continuing education contact hours." Boards that Endorse the NASW CE Approval Program include Kansas and Missouri. For a list of all Boards, click here.

Public/Private Schools - A Certificate of Attendance is offered throughout the conference. USAAA introduces breakout sessions geared toward school sessions for educators and professionals throughout the conference. Learn more about registration and the special discount for school educators and staff.

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USAAA 2014 World Conference
Kansas City, Missouri
September 4-7, 2014

they are coming to kansas city

Over 30 of the world’s most respected researchers, practitioners, and education specialists in the Autism Spectrum Disorders community come to Kansas City, Missouri to share valuable resources for your child, family member, patient, friend, student, or yourself. Join us at the award winning Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza hotel September 4-7, 2014.



Introducing for the first time:
Self-Advocates in a short-form presentation with five presenters in combined one hour plenary session.

Special plenary sessions:
The Doctors and Researchers Panel:
Phillip C. DeMio, MD
Ted Henderson, MD, PhD
Martha Herbert, MD, PhD
Valerie Hu, PhD
William Shaw, PhD
Kenneth Stoller, MD
J. Michael Uszler, MD
Ten Tips to Reduce Brain Overload by Martha Herbert, MD, PhD
Self-Advocacy - Challenges Throughout the Lifespan Panel
Tim Page, DFA, Pulitzer Prize winner and USC professor of music, communication and journalism
Stephen M. Shore, EdD, world renowned professor of special education at Adelphi University
Jennifer O'Toole, Founder of Asperkids and teacher
Raun Kaufman, subject of an award-winning NBC television movie
Christopher Gauthier, MFA, Assistant Professor of Art, Photography at Utah State University
Benjamin Tarasewicz, public speaker, actor, musician
Bringing It All Together
Joyce Miller DeMio
Phillip C. DeMio, MD
Christopher M. Gauthier, MFA
Ted Henderson, MD, PhD
Raun K. Kaufman
Lori Knowles-Jimenez
Julie Matthews, CNC
William Shaw, PhD
Marlo P. Thurman, MS
J. Michael Uszler, MD
Theresa Wrangham

Medical/Biomedical track:
Biomedical Interventions: Treating the Underlying Causes of the Symptoms
by Dr. Phillip C. Demio
The Detection and Treatment of the Most Common Biochemical Abnormalities in Autism
by William Shaw, PhD
New Discoveries in the Underlying Pathobiology of Autism
by Valerie Hu, PhD
Diagnosis of and Treatment for Disorders that are Comorbid with Autism
by Ted Henderson, MD, PhD
A Compelling Story of Recovery
by Lori Knowles-Jimenez and Daniel Knowles
Functional Imaging of the Brain - New Discoveries
by J. Michael Uszler, MD
Get Started Now - Food and Nutrition Matter!
by Julie Matthews, CNC
Improvements in Overall Behavior
by William Shaw, PhD
Co-Infections Including Lyme Disease and How To Treat Them
by Kenneth Stoller, MD
Tips and Tricks for Your New Grocery Shopping Treasure Hunt
by Joyce Miller DeMio
Nutrition Workshop: Supplements, Kids, and Fun with your Blender
by Julie Matthews, CNC

Educational and Developmental track:
Autism Breakthrough: The Groundbreaking Method
by Raun K. Kaufman
Core Academics: All Classrooms Begin With a Focus On "Me"
by Gil Tippy, PsyD
Assessing and Teaching Functional Living Skills to Individuals of All Ages Using The AFLS™
by Jim Partington, PhD, BCBA
Unlocking the Precious Precocious Potential of ASD Kids
by Jennifer O'Toole
The Continuums of Autism: Cognition, Sensory Processing and Behavior
by Marlo Payne Thurman, MS
Music, the Carrier Signal for Verbal Communication

by world renowned professor of special education, Stephen M. Shore, EdD
New Interventions in Schools Panel:
Jennifer O'Toole, Jim Partington, PhD, BCBA, Stephen M. Shore, EdD, Marlo P. Thurman, MS Gil Tippy, PsyD
From Preschool to Post-Secondary Education: Navigating Systems and Preparing for Transitions
by Marlo P. Thurman, MS
Special exclusive interview with Tim Page. Grateful for the Diagnosis; It Explained Everything
by Tim Page, DFA
10 Key Steps to Finding a Job and Keeping It
by Margaret Dillon Katz
Building Relationships, Marriage, and Family in the Context of Autism

by Gil Tippy, PsyD and Christopher M. Gauthier, MFA
Panel: Support Services for Missouri and Kansas,
by Vonda Minor and Jennifer Smith
Living with Aspergers: Navigating a Delicate Balance, by Christopher M. Gauthier, MFA
Parents Facing a Lifetime of Daunting Challenges Panel

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Featured Conference Sponsors and Exhibitors

Please support our sponsors and exhibitors. Click on their name and visit their web site. Our exhibitors and sponsors help support the USAAA 9th Annual World Conference in Kansas City, Missouri September 4-7, 2014. To view the current sponsors and exhibitors for the 2014 USAAA Conference, click here.

*American Medical Autism Board
**Autism Society - The Heartland
*Autism Treatment Center of America
*Brain Balance Center of Overland Park
*Brennan Innovators, LLC
*The College Internship Program
*Designs by Ja9
*Future Horizons
*The Great Plains Laboratory, Inc.
*Houston Enzymes
*MMR-Autism Research
*Nourishing Hope
*New Beginnings Nutritionals
*Oxy Health Corporation
*Partington Behavior Analysts
*Project ACCESS (Missouri State University)
*Quintessential Biosciences (Q Sciences)
*Sensory Learning Center of Blue Springs, MO
*Strong Institute
*USAAA WeeklyNews
*Vaccine Safety Gaps, LLC
*Well Amy®
*World Scientific
*ZenWorks Productions


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