Developmental Disability Awareness Month: 5 Valuables Resources Transitions USA Offers to its Students
Developing and maintaining healthy relationships!In light of Valentine’s Day, I wanted to discuss relationships this month. They can be messy and complicated for anyone. They can be even more complex for neurodiverse individuals who communicate and socialize differently. This includes not only romantic relationships, but also connections with friends, family, and people from work. Ultimately, a relationship is a connection formed by communicating. Relationships are an important part of our basic human needs.
The Arc Lexington and WWAARC partner to offer college, career and life supports to teens and young adults with autism and other learning differences in the Capital Region
Celebrating Peer MentorsIn January, National Mentoring Month, we take time to appreciate the peer mentors who work with our students at Transitions. The mentors are all young adults who are college students and graduates traveling paths similar to our students’. They work side by side with the students and support them with many different aspects of their lives, from applying for jobs to staying focused in class, learning social skills and becoming an independent young adult.
How to Make the Holidays Easier for Neurodiverse PeopleThe holidays can be an enjoyable time of celebration for many people, but can be stressful for others. Depending on the circumstances and relationships people have with their family and friends, the holidays aren’t always an enjoyable experience for everyone. This can be even more difficult for neurodiverse individuals who may struggle to manage stress or anxiety.
Rights and Responsibilities for ALL PeopleNeurodiverse people and those with physical differences have many times been excluded from education opportunities, employment opportunities, housing, and routine activities in their communities throughout the history of the United States. Today, individuals with disabilities have the same rights that all citizens of this nation enjoy
Employment + Disabilities, a Great Combination!Employment + Disabilities, a Great Combination! Did you know that October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month? The pandemic has been difficult for everyone in the workforce and those with disabilities are no exception. According to a report from the United States Department of Labor, the percentage of employed people with disabilities went from 19.3%
What if we lived in a world where every individual’s strengths were recognized and valued, regardless of how their brain works? What if employers and colleges recognized the specific skills and talents of individuals with Autism or other neurological differences? Imagine if these characteristics were celebrated?
Re-Entering the World for Those with Neurodiversity
Thinking of all the changes that have happened in the world can be completely overwhelming. This can be even more difficult for youngpeople with neurodiversity who may be going back to work, school or college.