Category Archives: Education & Employment

Work Tips: Stay Busy – YouTube

This week’s video is requested content! I’ve had a LOT of requests to do a video with work advice. This is the first Work Tips video. More to come.

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CBS News Internship Program for College Students with Disabilities

3rd Annual CBS News/Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0/DisBeat Internship for College Students with Disabilities

For three years, CBS News in collaboration with Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0 Initiative and DisBeat, has expanded its paid internship program to include outreach to college juniors, seniors and graduate students with disabilities for the CBS News/Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0/DisBeat Internship for Spring 2018. Recent graduates are not eligible.

Thanks for sharing this announcement for the CBS News/Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0/DisBeat Internship for Spring 2018. Applications are due by 5 pm ET on Friday, October 20, 2017.

Applicants with insight into the lived experiences of disability are strongly encouraged to apply for the Spring 2018 Internship Program that runs from January 8 — May 11, 2018.

Source: CBS News Internship Program for College Students with Disabilities

Accessing support as a disabled student 

Paula Sanchez


Today I had my needs assessment for Disabled Students Allowance. It’s 12 years since I first wondered if I might be autistic, a little over 2 years since an initial assessment indicated that I was autistic, and a year since this was confirmed by a full clinical assessment and diagnosis. I should have had plenty of time to think about what this means, but every now and then something happens which reminds me why I needed a formal diagnosis and why recognising myself as autistic and disabled, and being recognised as such by others, is important. Not just important to me, but also important to others with ‘hidden’ disabilities, including far too many children in schools whose needs are going unmet because they don’t ‘look disabled’.

All through my son’s primary school years, and it’s a similar story for many parents, his need for support was a constant battle, with…

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Social Class May Influence Autism Diagnosis – Disability Scoop

Even as autism prevalence has increased, new research finds that the likelihood of getting diagnosed with the developmental disorder remains largely tied to socioeconomics.

Source: Social Class May Influence Autism Diagnosis – Disability Scoop

Teacher Allegedly Held Class Vote On ‘Annoying’ Boy With ASD – Disability Scoop

An elementary school teacher forced a 9-year-old boy with autism to stand in front of his class twice while classmates voted on whether the boy was “annoying,” a federal lawsuit alleges.

Source: Teacher Allegedly Held Class Vote On ‘Annoying’ Boy With ASD – Disability Scoop

Working with autism: ‘We need people who dare to think differently’ | Society | The Guardian

Neurodiversity can be a huge advantage for companies, yet people on the spectrum have often been marginalised. Now some firms are specifically seeking them out. Is this a crucial turning point?

Source: Working with autism: ‘We need people who dare to think differently’ | Society | The Guardian

State Using Pot Revenue to Fund Sims Style Drug Conversations

Sims fans, get ready to see your favorite characters in lifelike, role-playing computer exercises talking about drugs and alcohol.As we know, Colorado is using tax revenue from the sale of legal cannabis to fund many projects, such as housing the homeless, K-12 education and substance abuse prevention and treatment programs.

To that end, an organization called Peer Assistance recently received $200,000 from the Colorado Health Department to fund it its newest project—One Degree: Shift the Influence, which includes Sims-style computer exercises designed to create a role-playing atmosphere for users, simulating two lifelike situations.

Source: State Using Pot Revenue to Fund Sims Style Drug Conversations

THINKING PERSON’S GUIDE TO AUTISM: Why Autistic Students Need Autistic Role Models

How many autistic kids are truly supported in school? How can we help students avoid failure? And how do we determine what really are best practices for autism and learning? We talked with psychologist Dr. Cynthia Arnold of the Portland area’s New Leaves Clinic, Autistic self-advocate Karla Fisher, and Tasia, the parent of 14-year-old Nick, about the specific strategies they used to help Nick transition from educational crisis to classroom success — including the importance of getting autistic perspectives on environments and supports for autistic students, and for those students to have autistic role models. (Nick gave permission for this interview to be published, but chose not to participate.) 

Source: THINKING PERSON’S GUIDE TO AUTISM: Why Autistic Students Need Autistic Role Models

Asperger syndrome in the office: How I deal with sensory integration dysfunction | Penelope Trunk Careers

A lot of people ask me how I manage to keep a job when I have Asperger syndrome. So I’m doing a series this week on the topic, because it’s true that most people with Asperger’s are not doing well at work. The work place rewards social skills, and people with Asperger’s have a social skill disorder.

I will never have great social skills, but I make them better by ensuring that I’m in my best social environment for work. For most people with Asperger’s, inadequate social skills are exacerbated by sensory integration disorder, which is a tendency to be overwhelmed by outside stimuli. This frequently overwhelmed feeling makes one unable to concentrate on social skills.

Here are the ways I compensate for sensory integration disorder so that I can focus on having social skills that will make people want to work with me.

Source: Asperger syndrome in the office: How I deal with sensory integration dysfunction | Penelope Trunk Careers

This week’s series: How to deal with Asperger Syndrome at work | Penelope Trunk Careers

People often tell me that I should write career advice for people with Asperger Syndrome. This is because I am surrounded by people who have Asperger’s, and I have it myself. Please, do not tell me I don’t have it. First of all, it looks very different in men and women, and most of you have experience with men. Second, I’m way more weird in person than I am on the blog. And surely you thought it was the other way around.

So, anyway, the reason I’m good at giving career advice is because I had to learn things systematically, which helps me break it down for everyone else.

Source: This week’s series: How to deal with Asperger Syndrome at work | Penelope Trunk Careers

Stop thinking you’ll get by on your high I.Q. | Penelope Trunk Careers

My son’s I.Q. is in the top .05% of all preschoolers, but he attended preschool in a special education classroom. He has Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism typified by a distinctly high I.Q. and a notable lack of emotional…

Source: Stop thinking you’ll get by on your high I.Q. | Penelope Trunk Careers