Autism Awareness

Autism Awareness

Obviously, this isn't a proper diagnostic tool, but it's a good place to start.

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Autism Life Course Outcomes Research

Autism Life Course Outcomes Research

It is rare to find youth on the autism spectrum who are only dealing with the challenges of having an autism spectrum disorder. We reported 60% of youth had at least two health or mental health conditions in addition to autism spectrum disorder in our 2015 National Autism Indicators Report.

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Tune in this Sat night. Nov. 18th 8pm on HBO, or check it out OnDemand, for HBO's America Unites for Autism Programs looks like it will be a can't mis

Tune in this Sat night. Nov. 18th 8pm on HBO, or check it out OnDemand, for HBO's America Unites for

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Reminder: Our Wednesday night college support group will not be meeting this week. Our next meeting

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Congratulations to one of our advisory board members ,Jordan Stephenson on receiving the Board of Directors award!!  We are all very proud of you!!

Congratulations to one of our advisory board members ,Jordan Stephenson on receiving the Board of Di

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Anyone looking for some yummy cupcakes for Thanksgiving??
Our ACRES Day group is selling these delicious treats.
 4 cupcakes for $6.
Along with gettin

Anyone looking for some yummy cupcakes for Thanksgiving?? Our ACRES Day group is selling these delic

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Don't forget! Our college support group meets on Wednesday.

Don't forget! Our college support group meets on Wednesday.

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We have great entrepreneurs at our Day Program! Here’s a sneak peak of our great smelling candles! Etsy store coming soon!!!!

We have great entrepreneurs at our Day Program! Here’s a sneak peak of our great smelling candles! E

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Ocean, Robin, and Amazon enjoying a Sunday afternoon at ACRES!!

Ocean, Robin, and Amazon enjoying a Sunday afternoon at ACRES!!

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Aquaponics here we come!!  Maybe be small but it will be Awesome!!  Thank you Wyndwood House for giving us this greenhouse!!

Aquaponics here we come!! Maybe be small but it will be Awesome!! Thank you Wyndwood House for giv

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Taco Lasagna!!!  Come on out!!

Taco Lasagna!!! Come on out!!

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Contact us !!  We have a college group that addresses these issues!!

Contact us !! We have a college group that addresses these issues!!

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Our Day Program made some amazing goodies for tomorrow’s Halloween party! 

Come check us out and see what other great things we have planned, especia

Our Day Program made some amazing goodies for tomorrow’s Halloween party! Come check us out and se

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Parents, don't forget to join us at the ACRES house tonight for our monthly Parent Support Group mee

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Jason's Connection

Jason's Connection

Bottoms-Up: The Innovative Thinking Style of the Asperger’s Mind
by Samantha Craft Samantha Craft

As a collective, myself included, individuals on the autism spectrum have been recognized to have almost effortless associative thinking skills and to be prone to “bottom-up” processing. Dr. Temple Grandin, a professor of science at Colorado State University and prominent author who speaks of the challenges and strengths of autistics, associates her autism with her successful contributions to the industrial design of unique handling devices for livestock that benefit both livestock business and animal welfare. She states in an article by The New Idealist (which can be seen here):

“I’m good at trawling through the Internet through vast amounts of journal articles and then pick out what are the really important things. I then synthesize all of this resource down into one short paragraph . . . That’s something that I’m good at doing… I’m a bottom-up thinker—I take the details and put them together.”

A bottom-up approach is ideal when there is a need for innovative ideas and solutions in the workplace. An innovative workplace, with a bottom-up approach doing business, by default, implements an incubator for out of the box thinking. Collaborative brainstorming is a natural bottom-down thinking approach.

Personally I (much like Dr. Grandin), in any type of data collection, require many examples before I reach a final conclusion on my own and before I put a plan into action. An example can be found in how I am writing my current book about the workplace and Aspergers. When I find a new bit of information (concept of bottom-down thinking), I collect 20 or more bits of that same information from various sources (books, articles, journals, videos), and then compare, contrast, and logically decipher which makes the most sense to include in the book. (This article you are reading now is a sample from my upcoming book and a result of hours of research using the bottom-up approach.)

I look for patterns in repetitive data, theories, and conclusions. In another example, when I watched my 100th video on autism or read my 100th article, I went back in my mind to all the other information I had seen before, and pulled out patterns and repeated data. I sought out connections and confirmation of probable truths based on a collective, not a singular. In short: I don’t take things at face value.

For full article, click
http://differentbrains.org/bottoms-up-the-innovative-thinking-style-of-the-aspergers-mind/

Follow Samantha Craft at http://differentbrains.org/author/samantha-craft/

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