Easy Street first summer 2017 gathering featured two guest speakers. Doug Meeker, CEO, 3R Behavioral Solutions featured new technology designed to assist those with ASD become more independent via the use of an app. Contact Easy Street to learn more and take advantage of this free, limited offer.
Jim Poole, Vice President, Equinix shared his personal and heart-warming story of growing up with Asperger's. He attributes his success to Asperger’s, turning it into his “super power” as he continues to navigate through life. He offers much hope, sharing that life with Asperger’s can be fulfilling and a blessing if you channel your abilities positively and with purpose.
Founder, Pam Ruddy closed the event reminding guests of Easy Street’s goals and purpose, reminding supporters that Easy Street is actively collecting resources for families and greatly appreciates funding to continue offering outreach programs.
Evan Weinberger, Founder and Director of Illuminos presented at Easy Street’s second networking event. Illuminos is an academic coaching and tutoring practice that takes a unique approach to supporting students toward success. Their programs are designed to help students improve their executive functioning abilities and skills: organization, time management, study skills, communication and impression management. Evan provided helpful apps for parent to use when training their child.
More than 30 people attended Easy Street Foundation’s first networking event. The gathering kicked off with an overview of what life as an Autistic young adult looks like, what parents can do to foster a more meaningful and successful life for their children and new available therapies. Guest speaker Dr. Michael Oberschneider discussed these new therapies and the advancement in research among young adults on the spectrum. Founder, Pamela Ruddy shared her personal experience with her son, Jay, a young adult with Asperger’s and her motivation for beginning Easy Street. The event concluded with a panel of professionals from the psychology, educational and employment industry speaking about their roles in supporting young adults on the Autism spectrum.
Over 20 people joined us to promote the awareness of those struggling with ASD and independent life and employment. Guest speaker Dr. Allison Jack of GW's ANDI program came and spoke about autism in women and the great scientific research going at ANDI.
We also enjoyed local wine with the chance to win beautiful baskets donated by those in the local community. Easy Street raised over $1,400 dollars to go towards funding for Easy Street to help the betterment of those on diagnosed with ASD.