Tools & Resources

Autism Community Resources

  • Parenting Asperger's Community is a resource loaded with practical, up-to-date, and easy-to-use information designed to help you, whatever your situation, to improve the life of your child with Asperger's and the whole family too.
  • Autism Society is the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. We do this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.
  • Autism Works provides employment services, cognitive skills training, post secondary navigation, and other services that meet you where you are, listen to where you want to be, and help you get there.
  • Children's Speech Therapy Center is committed to serving children and their families through a full range of services including speech, language and oral-motor disorders. Services include initial screenings, parent consultations, comprehensive evaluations, scheduled individual therapy sessions and collaboration with schools, physicians, and other paraprofessionals.
  • Asperger's Support Groups can be located by state here. Additional resources are available as well. 
  • The College Internship Program is a comprehensive transition program for young adults on the Autism Spectrum and with Learning Differences. Learn about academic college support here.
  • College Living Experience (CLE) has been providing transition supports to young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD and other varying exceptionalities since 1989. Their success as the industry leader stems from their commitment to remain focused on the potential of each individual they serve. Over the years the evolution and innovation of CLE services has been based on the mission which inspires staff to reach beyond the boundaries of the traditional supports. 
  • Career opportunities. Companies who hire persons with ASD.  This is a nationwide list of companies who are hiring folks with autism.  A great resource.  To see the list click here
  • Loudoun Workforce Resource Center Great place to start looking for employment


Exciting News- Howard County housing plan to integrate those with autism http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/howard/columbia/ph-ho-cf-autism-society-housing-1012-story.html


Wall Street journal news article.  How a mom improved her job because of her autistic son.   file:///H:/Downloads/DOC_20180220124655%20(2).PDFfile:///H:/Downloads/DOC_20180220124655%20(2).PDFfile:///H:/Downloads/DOC_20180220124655%20(2).PDF


Thank you Christy@wondermoms.org for these great resources

 Tenants Rights and Housing Assistance for the Disabled https://www.justgreatlawyers.com/renters-rights-and-housing-assistance-for-people-with-disabilitie

 Managing Your Child’s Transition to Adulthood http://www.mychildwithoutlimits.org/act/life-planning/managing-your-childs-transition-to-adulthood/ 

Transition to Adulthood: Home Remodeling for Young Adults with Special Needs https://www.bigrentz.com/how-to-guides/home-modifications-young-adults-special-needs Special Needs Checklist: How Disability-Friendly is Your City?https://www.yourstoragefinder.com/special-needs-checklist-how-disability-friendly-is-your-city

Vocational Training for Adults with Special Needs https://www.vocationaltraininghq.com/best-vocational-training-programs-disabled/  

Local Virginia Opportunities

  • Legacy Farms is a nonprofit, green care, social venture dedicated to providing support services and agrarian based vocational training for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), as well as other developmental needs. 
  • The Greater Loudoun Citivan Club's mission is to build good citizenship by providing a volunteer organization of clubs dedicated to serving individual and community needs, with an emphasis on helping people with developmental disabilities. Click here to view offered events and learn more.
  • StarfishSavers  “We put research into action by providing individuals with complex special needs the framework, opportunity, assistance and support to reach their goals and experience success toward living their dreams.”  Click here
  • SAILOR Project   Great resource for help with IEP's especially for wording and understanding of rights and services.  Outreach programs for employment and schooling past the high school years.  


Loudoun Workforce Resource Center

Books

Autsim in the News

  • The Spectrum Careers: A jobs portal for the autism community

New jobs portal from Autism Speaks and Rangam Consultants Inc. designed to promote inclusive employment of the autism community by connecting employers, service providers and employees on the spectrum. 

You’ve probably heard of schools like the University of Michigan, NYU, and UCLA. They are some of the largest in the country in terms of enrollment. However, individuals with special needs may require additional assistance in and/or out of the classroom, which these schools cannot always provide due to the sheer size of the student body. Here are ten schools that provide programs for students with ASD that may fly under the radar for parents.


Great informative newsletter on the latest findings on ASD and beyond found at George Washington University


Art by 15-year-old with autism inspired a new Loudoun-based business.  Great article.  To read more click here


When you want to  work and finally someone gives you a chance.  This story reflects on a mothers frustration and joy of her son finding meaningful employment. Read more


More findings on the  many layers of autism.  Read more


Local Employment Opportunites

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Employment

Walgreens

Various employment positions

Walgreens application link


Freddie Mac

https://www.freddiemac.jobs/

Various locations and positions


Microsoft

Worldwide opportunities available

Careers


ULTRA

Information and more 


Autonomy of Chicago

Hiring needs


Home Depot

Nationwide.  Employment needs will vary

Applications


Ford

Located in Michigan and surrounding areas

Get started here


Aspiritech-Illionis

Employment for you


Nobis Works

Hiring folks with disabilities and charity

For more information please click


Spectrum Careers

If you haven't found the right career here

For more great opportunities check out this great resource


10 Companies who take pride in hiring those on the Autism Spectrum

https://www.insidermonkey.com/blog/10-companies-that-hire-adults-with-high-functioning-autism-or-aspergers-590348/?singlepage=1


Not local, however, great place to start

http://www.jjslist.com/

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