Shema Kolainu Workshops

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Many of you may are aware of our popular ongoing workshops that Shema Kolainu hosts throughout the year. Yesterday we organized the second one of the school year at Hotel Pennsylvania in Manhattan. Our guest speaker was Alexa Moses- OTR, … Continue reading

Brad can’t read or speak, but he can build almost anything

Brad can’t read or speak, but he can build almost anything

He is unable to read or speak but he can understand even the most confusing diagrams and blue prints.

Almost everyone has been put through the stress of having to build IKEA furniture and hates it. This is not the case for 25-year-old Brad, who lives in Edmonton, Canada, with autism. He is unable to read or speak but he can understand even the most confusing diagrams and blue prints.

Brad’s father, Mark Fremmerlid, decided to turn his son’s skills into a business called Made By Brad. For only a low price of $10 to $20, Brad makes a house call and builds your furniture for you. For Brad and Mark it isn’t about the money. “We just want him to have something meaningful to do” says Mark.

Brad’s story is not just encouraging to those with autism but should speak to employers as well. Employers should be focusing on the strengths individuals have and how they can create an opportunity to contribute to a job.

ICare4Autism understands the challenges that people with autism are faced with trying to enter the workforce. One of our solutions to this challenge is the Global Autism Workforce Initiative, the world’s first global comprehensive autism workforce development initiative. Another solution is the Project Autism WORKS, which is a new Workforce program working to enhance the lives of those young adults affected by autism and their families. This project will work with the business community to create workforce ready youth ages 18 and up, diagnosed within the Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Along with these efforts ICare4Autism holds conferences to create awareness of these initiatives and projects. ICare4Autism conference 2014 will be held July 2nd to the 3rd. For a list of attending speakers please click here.

For more information on Autism, please follow the link here: http://blog.hear-our-voices.org/category/autism/

Pediatric Neurologist Studies How Environment Affects Autism (And All of US)

 

 

 

 

 

A large-scale study is being conducted to assess the relationship between toxic chemicals in the environment and brain development. Senior researcher Dr. Martha Herbert, M.D., Ph.D. is an assistant professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and a pediatric neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital. Herbert is an advocate of holistic wellness to reduce complications related to ASD. Her book The Autism Revolution: Whole-Body Strategies for Making Life All It Can Be provides instruction on reducing toxic exposure, obtaining ideal nutrition, and reducing stress. The research aims to identify how environment affects brain and body development through out one’s life, not just in early development, and at what point autism happens. Researchers have not yet identified the cause of autism, and while most are focused on discovering a genetic origin, many are opening their eyes to environmental factors that could be causing or influencing the severity of autism.   Dr. Hebert explains the significance of the study saying, “The genes load the gun, but the environment pulls the trigger.”[i] The parallel increase in exposure to toxins and diagnoses of developmental disorders seem to bare testament to these working assumptions. Dr. Martha Herbert will be speaking at the International Center for Autism Research and Education’s conference ‘Autism: Cutting Edge Research and Promising Treatment and Educational Approaches’ at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, New York June 5. To register or learn more about the conference, visit www.ICare4Autism.org. For more information regarding Herbert’s work, visit www.marthaherbert.org.

 



[i] Arcega, Mil. “New Research Investigates Link Between Autism And Toxic Chemicals.” Voice of America. N.p., 14 Apr. 2010. Web. 19 Apr. 2013. <http://www.voanews.com/content/new-research-theorizes-link-between-autism-and-toxic-chemicals–90936449/171102.html>.