Adults With Autism
A dandelion's name is derived from the French dent de lion, a reference to the irregular and jagged margins of the lance-shaped leaves. This is why “The Dandelion Program” is an apt title for the recruitment of “non-traditional talent sources”, such as individuals with autism, to combat cyberwarfare for the Australian Defence Organization. Though individuals with autism are often challenged... more
ACES will be publishing a series of posts on residential interior design tips for the spectrum. Creating interiors for children on the spectrum can be both exciting and challenging. The main goals of designing autism friendly environments are to foster and nurture health, wellness, a sense of belonging and safety. A visually and sensory pleasing space will lend itself to growth, relaxation and... more
The first book I read by Temple Grandin described her mother's insistence that her young daughter learn manners. Her mother never said "stop" or "don't"; she did not get upset, she simply stated what the correct behavior was and ensured Temple followed through. Recalling my own early days as a mother, I had the same focus, but not the formula. My children's manners seemed to be the public... more
The unconditional, nonjudgmental love and companionship felt from a therapy dog can add an element of novelty that enriches a therapy session and bring joy to individuals challenged with autism. ACES is proud of our partnership with the Orange County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OC SPCA). For seven years and going strong, ACES has been a part of their P.A.W.S. (Pets Are... more
Temple Grandin will be the featured speaker at UNT's Autism Event April 13. Temple Grandin will be the featured speaker at UNT's Autism Event April 13. As part of the second annual "+ Autism" series, ACES is grateful for the opportunity to co-sponsor Temple Grandin's lecture and panel discussion in partnership with the University of North Texas. The event will be held at 9 a.m. at the Temple... more
Saving her smiles for the mirror and camera lens, Nora responded to seeing this photo of herself in vocational training by taking over the technology and emailing it to herself.Nora is someone who enters a room so intensely that it is impossible to forget the first time you met her. For me that day was the start of this school year. I was participating in the vocational training program... more
My name is Samantha. I almost 21 years old and this is my story. Growing up as a kid, I was very antisocial. I avoided people. I wouldn't let my own family get too close to me. I talked but was quiet and reserved. I never really knew why. I asked myself, "Why am I afraid of meeting new people?", "Why don't I like people getting so close to me?", "Why don't I have empathy?" I was diagnosed with... more
"Art + Autism," is a new exhibition showcasing the talents and abilities of artists living with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The exhibition is sponsored by the UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center, UNT Art Galleries and UNT's College of Visual Arts and Design. Curated by Sharon Hartman, Accessible Art.
"To look deeper than the challenges of the human condition and... more
That hard-to-find yellow boy's outfit was courtesy of my best friend who understood completely.Even before I became a parent, my pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps urban upbringing ignited my passion for a safe, stereotypical suburban life. I wanted a life where a mother’s greatest concern was getting her kids into the right school, the right extracurriculars, and the right coordinating... more
The first half of this blog was published earlier this month. This is Part 2 of 2.
Let’s pick up where we left off on Steps 3-5 for preparing you and your child with autism for Halloween night.Prepare your child for costumes (his and everyone else).
Trick or treating is a big deal for most children. It is the moment they have been waiting for and you have been anxious about... more