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Welcoming Talented Individuals with Autism – Global Giant Microsoft Opening Doors

Microsoft is actively seeking candidates for an ever-expanding list of opportunities, including roles in software engineering, data science, customer service and operations. This was hardly breaking news, until Microsoft announced that these hires would be part of a new program to recruit individuals with Autism. Mary Ellen Smith, Corporate … Read More

Teamwork makes the dream work: Using hands-on learning to prepare students for the workplace

 Teachers know that businesses need employees who can collaborate with others. In fact, interviews with hundreds of employers indicate that applied social skills like problem solving, collaboration, and oral communication are critical for career success. A hands-on job skills curriculum naturally … Read More

Beyond Volunteerism: Why Service Learning is Right for Your Students

Community service projects and required volunteerism have been a standing part of educational curriculum in the United States for many years. The implementation of service learning into educational lessons and planning, however, is revolutionizing the quality of teaching and learning … Read More

Want to Increase Your Students Engagement? Try Hands-On Activities with Project-Based Learning in Your Classroom

Are you looking for resources to actively engage your students in the classroom? Check out  “3 Ways to Increase Student Engagement Through Hands-On Activities,” which offers alternatives to teaching students only with a textbook. After a summer of “doing” things, … Read More

Breakthrough Career Education Research for Students with Autism and Developmental Disabilities: Hands-On Instruction with Video Modeling Increases Career Knowledge and Job Skills Over 55%

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LOUISVILLE, Ky., Oct. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Dr. Amy Spriggs of the University of Kentucky, a leading authority on Special Education and evidence-based teaching methodologies, just concluded a beta test research project using Project Discovery, a hands-on career education curriculum with systematic instruction … Read More

Starbucks is Showcasing Florida Car Wash That Has 35 Employees With Autism

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Rising Tide Car Wash in Parkland, FL is a local business giving job opportunities to people with autism. Their story is being highlighted by Starbucks’ video campaign, Upstanders, in a piece entitled “Employing the Full Spectrum.” Inspired by his son, … Read More

New Autism Research: Systematic Instruction of Hands-on Career Education with Video Modeling Increases Job Skills for Students with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities

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Dr. Amy Spriggs, University of Kentucky, Department of Early Childhood, Special Education, and Rehabilitation Counseling, has dedicated her life to public education. First, as a Sunday school teacher working with a child with Down syndrome; then to special education in … Read More

Got ONE Minute? Louisiana Flooding Victims Need Our Help. One minute, one text, will help thousands: Text $10

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We have been honored to work with the transition teachers of Louisiana to get their students career ready and life ready. All of us are asking how we can help. There are a variety of simple ways to quickly and … Read More

JC Penney Shows Sensitivity and Support to Back-To-School Shoppers With Autism

We are seeing an increasing number of stores and theaters demonstrate sensitivity to make their settings welcoming and enjoyable for those with autism. JC Penney created a special shopping event for these shoppers opening three hours early to hold a … Read More

Missouri School District Ensures Workplace Success: Starts Transition in Middle School

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Missouri School District Ensures Workplace Success: Starts Transition Early and Culminates with Innovative “Job in the Lab” Program! Dawn Hesse, a Transition Coordinator for the Francis Howell School District in Saint Charles, Missouri, believes career exploration and job skills training … Read More