Amy Albanese, Community Resource Specialist, earned her Autism Certification from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards. The certification training program covered topics such as early intervention, living with autism, and acceptance. Below are her key takeaways from a presentation by Kerry Magro, Autism Advocate.
“What Happens to Children with Autism When They Become Adults” by Kerry Magro
Kerry Mangro didn’t speak until he was two-years old and was eventually diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). His parents were his biggest advocates and focused on what they could do to help him. After 15 years of occupational, physical and speech therapies he is living out his dream. Kerry is currently a motivational speaker, has consulted on major motion pictures, and is a best-selling author. Kerry spoke about the transition to adulthood and ways community members can help support this.
Every person with autism is different and has unique abilities. It is not a one-size-fits-all; it is a spectrum. People with ASD may need specific supports to help them succeed. These may include peer mentors, natural supports, job coaches, written instructions, job descriptions, visual supports, and technology.
Kids with autism grow into adults and we need to be ready for this. A majority of adults with ASD are unemployed or underemployed. This may be a result of society’s lack of acceptance of people with disabilities. Making the world a more inclusive place, especially in the workplace, is crucial. Meaningful employment during the transition period is important for their well-being, but also to spread acceptance.
Providing positive reinforcement to people with autism is so important. Kindness of any form or size can make a big impact on people of all abilities.
Amy Albanese, Community Resource Specialist at the Arc of Monroe. She was formerly an Autism Educator in Ohio. She earned her degree is in Mild to Moderate Intervention, Special Education, from Notre Dame College in Ohio.