US Autism WeeklyNews
Monday, September 17, 2018

- Teen's soap business helps him thrive
- Help for College Students with Disabilities
- Parent Advocacy: What You Should Do ... and Not Do
- Conference Speaker Spotlight featuring Brittyn Coleman, MS, RDN/LD
- Conference Speaker Spotlight featuring Christopher M. Gauthier, MFA

Teen's soap business helps him thrive

Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press Business Columnist

DETROIT - For Spencer Kelly, being an entrepreneur isn't just a calling, it's part of the elixir that changed his life.

In just two years, Kelly, 17, has gone from starting Expedition Soap Co. in his parents' home to selling almost $100,000 worth of product.

It started as a way to pay back his dad for a replacement bicycle after his was stolen in June 2016. Kelly left it outside a restaurant “for just a moment” when he dashed inside, only to come out and find it gone. His dad bought him a new bike with the understanding Kelly would repay him $300.

"My business taught me not to give up. It taught me to take responsibility and see things through." READ THE ARTICLE...

“I was thinking about a business that I could start to make the money to repay my dad, and it dawned on me: Soap! I use soap, you use soap, the guy down the street uses soap, even the president uses soap. Who doesn’t use soap?” he said.


usautism logoSpencer Kelly will be participating at the US Autism Association 13th Annual World Conference and Expo November 29 - December 1, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada as a panelist on the Self-Advocacy Panel and as an exhibitor. Register Now for the conference.

Temple Grandin, ranked one of the world's most influential people, is the featured Keynote speaker. Joining Dr. Grandin will be over 30 of the world's most respected researchers, practitioners, and education specialists in the autism community who will share valuable resources for your child, family member, patient, client, friend, student, or yourself.


Help for College Students with Disabilities
from Wrightslaw

Parents of disabled kids are often surprised to learn that their college-bound children are no longer eligible for services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Although college students with disabilities are protected from discrimination under Section 504, some professors take a dim view of students who request accommodations.

Postsecondary Education:
Q. Can a school charge me for the cost of providing an accommodation?
A. No.

We collected these resources to help you learn self-advocacy skills and make the transition from high school to college.

The resources are divided into three categories: your rights and responsibilities under Section 504; the importance of planning and preparing; and keys to success.


Parent Advocacy: What You Should Do . . . and Not Do
by Leslie Seid Margolis, Esq.

What Parents Should Do
1. Prepare for Meetings

You should treat the IEP meeting as if it is the first step towards a due process hearing by preparing for the meeting and building a record.

If you do this, you make it less likely that you will end up at a due process hearing. If you do end up at a hearing, you will be in a stronger position.

What Parents Should Not Do
1. Complain Loudly & Often

Parents should not complain about every issue that comes up over the course of their child's school life. This is the equivalent of crying wolf, and ensures that when a serious issue does arise, you will not be taken seriously. This is because you are expending the same amount of complaint energy on the serious issue as you expended on trivial issues.


Conference Speaker Spotlight
Brittyn Coleman, MS, RDN/LD

howardBrittyn Coleman, MS, RDN/LD is a dietitian specializing in autism spectrum disorders and is also a sibling of an individual on the autism spectrum. Through her life and her studies, she realized how much overlap there is between nutrition and autism. During graduate school at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, she specialized in autism spectrum disorders and led her thesis research in food aversions and nutrient intake in children with ASD. There are very few dietitians specializing in ASD across the country, which makes accessibility extremely low. Because of this, she offers video and phone consults to parents and individuals all over the nation to increase the reach of nutrition therapy and nutrition education for families and individuals affected by ASD. She is extremely knowledgeable about autism in relations to diet, biomedical interventions, food selectivity, and even nutrigenetics. More...

Brittyn will present FOOD AND NUTRITION MATTER! - Diet Heavily Affects The Bacteria In The Gut, plus new recipes on Thursday, November 29th at 2:30pm in a concurrent session. Brittyn will participate on the SIBLING PANEL on Saturday, December 1st at 2:30pm.

Conference Speaker Spotlight
Christopher M. Gauthier, MFA

Christopher M. Gauthier is a photographer teaching in the Art and Behavioral Sciences department at Illinois Central College in Peoria, IL. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Ohio University in Photography in 2003 and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Cinema and Photography from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1997. Christopher regularly lectures on topics related to his personal work, photography, art education, autism and learning differences. Some highlights include a TEDx talk, "Evidence and Artifacts: Facing Autism", "Advocacy, Art and Engaging Autism". Christopher currently sits on the Board of Trustees for The Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning (ICDL) and the advisory boards of the US Autism Association, and the Madison House Autism Foundation. More...

Chris will present THE CREATIVE PROCESS: A Route to Critical Thinking From Early Education to Higher Education on Thursday, November 29th at 2:30pm in a concurrent session. Chris will participate on the SELF-ADVOCACY PANEL - Challenges Throughout the Lifespan on Saturday, December 1st at 10:30am.

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