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For some Australians with autism, going back to ‘normal’ life after coronavirus isn’t so welcomed

For some adults with autism, it seems strange that the marvels of working from home and social distancing are only being recognised in the wake of a pandemic. For the past few months, those who regularly feel like they live as mere guests in a world of neurotypicals, like me, have been freed from the […]

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Catholic Charities Offers Greece Man With Autism Work Mentor

Catholic Charities also issued a statement about the matter. A Greece family was under the impression that Jason McElwain, also known as J-Mac, was denied a job through the Catholic Charities Community Services because of his autism. Catholic Charities shared in a statement with Spectrum News: “Mr. McElwain and my communications director have been in contact […]

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Kiwi business started by dad to provide jobs for daughters living with Down syndrome sees new growth | 1 NEWS | TVNZ

Downlights is a social enterprise that manufactures hand poured candles. Downlights is a social enterprise that manufactures hand poured candles and supports young adults with Down syndrome and intellectual or learning disabilities. Tony Sykes started the company two years ago to provide jobs and training for his daughters Emma and Nicki, who both live with […]

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Woman, 24, With Down Syndrome Graduates From New Jersey’s Rowan University

Trailblazer AnnaRose Rubright is making headlines for fulfilling a personal ambition. The 24-year-old has become the first student with Down syndrome to graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Rowan University. AnnaRose, from Medford in New Jersey, studied hard to maintain her excellent grades. She first earned her associate’s degree from New Jersey’s Rowan Community College in 2017 before transferring to Rowan University’s main […]

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Arsenal Women fined £50,000 after dismissal of autistic coach judged ‘act of discrimination’ 

The case involved former junior coach Robin Carpenter, who had been in charge of the club’s under-15 team Arsenal Women have been fined £50,000 after they were found to have carried out an “act of discrimination” in dismissing an autistic coach in 2014. The case was in relation to the dismissal of former junior coach […]

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Woman is first person with Down syndrome to graduate from Rowan University

A 24-year-old woman has become the first person with Down syndrome to graduate from New Jersey’s Rowan University. Source: Woman is first person with Down syndrome to graduate from Rowan University

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Navigating autism at Northwestern

  Faith Douglas calls their episodes of energy plunges, cognitive decline and anxiety their “bi-yearly burnouts.” At 11, Douglas was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a disorder which has since been re-classified more broadly under autism spectrum disorder in the DSM-5. “Autistic burnout” is a popular term among the autistic community for the mental exhaustion that […]