April is Autism Awareness Month

Did you know that 85% of adults with Autism living in the United States are unemployed?

Earth to Autism works to decrease unemployment among those with Autism by providing pre-employment and career skills training. We use sustainability as our vehicle to teach adults with Autism the skills they need to be successful in the workplace. Our Autism Awareness campaign will help to cover the cost of training for adults in our program. The goal of our program is to offer every adult with Autism the chance to train and find meaningful employment at little to no cost to the individual and their loved ones. Help us to continue to offer affordable training options by purchasing a face mask today! Thank you in advance for supporting our worthy cause. We truly appreciate your support!

https://www.bonfire.com/earth-to-autism-face-mask/

Eric D. Zimmerman

Eric D. Zimmerman has rescheduled his talk with Earth to Autism for May 1, 2021 at 11:00am. He will join us here in Florida to talk about his racing career and his life on the Autism Spectrum. We are so very excited to meet Eric in person and to hear his story. Information on location, tickets, etc to come soon. Seating will be limited but we will create a Zoom meeting so more people are able to participate. Check out his website at https://www.ericdzimmerman.com/.

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Adult Services

 Transitioning to Adult Services 👨🏼‍🎓 

As young adults’ transition into adulthood after high school they may not know where to look for services. Some possible types of services to look for are outlined here for you. 

  • Day programs: Oftentimes, depending on the needs of the adult, these programs are localized, offer transportation to and from the program, and include social, volunteer, and therapeutic activities:
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  • Work and career support- Job coaching through Vocational Rehabilitation is a possible option  
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  • Recreational and Community Programs- Programs such as the Special Olympics and Challenger Sports are available to adults with disabilities. These programs provide physical exercise and opportunities for social engagement.
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  • Therapies– As adults with disabilities transition out of high school, many of their therapeutic services will stop. Adults with insurance coverage such as Medicaid may be eligible to continue receiving therapies such as behavioral, cognitive, speech, occupational, and physical therapy after they are finished with high school.
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  • Residential services: There are many residential programs that allow adults with disabilities to live as independently as possible while still providing assistance with things like household budgeting, transportation, and meal preparation. 

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Description automatically generated✯By: Erem N (Earth to Autism Intern, 2021) ✯               

Tackling the “Jitters” before your first job interview:

Here are some helpful tips to help you to stay calm for your first job interview

  ✔️Make sure to get enough sleep the night before your interview. About 6-8 hours of 

sleep is essential for promoting a positive mood, soothing the nervous system, and boosting concentration, all of which is extremely important for doing well on the next job interview. Additionally, make sure to avoid caffeine and exercise if possible. You want to feel relaxed when talking to a potential employer!

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✔️Another important relaxing technique is to try popping in some headphones. You can choose to listen to your favorite music to get your heart pumping and help calm nerves. To specifically manage anxiety, you can try squeezing stress balls, counting to ten and also wearing accommodations such as headsets to battle sensory challenges.

✔️Participating in a break or lounge area to practice calmness is a great way to feel empowered and to also settle in various sensory challenges. Yoga, practicing mindfulness and breathing deeply can also help to promote calmness before a big interview. For your reference, I have listed a few apps that may guide your journey of practicing mindfulness and meditation techniques: Aura, Insight Timer, Headspace, and Simple Habit.

Remember: This list does not provide all the solutions, so please only consider them as tips! 😊 

By: Erem N (Earth to Autism Intern)

Hello everyone! I am Erem and a current Earth to Autism Intern for Spring 2021. I am also a current psychology major and student from Stony Brook University in New York! In my free time, you can find me drawing and travelling 🙂 For this blog post, I have added a few tips to feel stress-free before an interview. Hope it helps!