Monthly Archives: June 2015

Web Tool Aims to Help Parents Identify Signs of Autism

Greetings everyone!  I would like to share with you a short article entitled, “Web Tool Aims to Help Parents Identify Signs of Autism.”  The article stated the following:

“A new free resource aims to help families and professionals identify the early signs of autism spectrum disorder in very young children.  “About Autism in Toddlers” (, a Web-based tool, features videos on core features of autism, challenges to early identification, how to recognize unusual behaviors and other information.
The tool, part of Autism Navigator, includes side-by-side video comparisons of two similar-age toddlers-one diagnosed with autism, one typically developing-to illustrate how they behave differently in the same play situation.
Autism Navigator is a collection of tools and courses that integrate current research into an interactive Web platform with extensive video footage to illustrate effective evidence-based practice.  Created by faculty and staff in the Autism Institute at the Florida State University College of Medicine, it also offers professional development courses for early intervention providers and primary care providers.”

*Information was derived from a short article posted in THE ASHA LEADER*

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Microsoft to Recruit Employees with Autism

Greetings everyone!  I want to share with you an interesting article I read entitled, “Microsoft to Recruit Employees With Autism.”

“Microsoft is planning a pilot program to actively hire people with autism spectrum disorder, the second techology company to launch a recruitment effort that specifically targets this population.
The company says plans are underway to hire people with autism for full-time positions at its Redmond, Washington, headquarters.
Microsoft said it will work with Specialisterne, a nonprofit that focuses on helping people with the developmental disorder apply their talents to work in the technology field, to facilitate the hiring effort.  The same company worked with SAP, a Germany-based software giant, to hire people on the spectrum in the United States and abroad.
Microsoft expects its program to include about 10 people with autism.  “Microsoft is stronger when we expand opportunity and we have a diverse workforce that represents our customers,” wrote Mary Ellen Smith, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of worldwide operations, in a blog post.  “People with autism bring strengths that we need at Microsoft,” she writes.  “Each individual is different, some have amazing ability to retain information, think at a level of detail and depth or excel in math or code.”
Smith, who has a 19-year-old son with autism, said that though a new pilot program is focused on autism, Microsoft is “passionate about hiring individuals of all disabilities.”

*Information was derived from an article posted in THE ASHA LEADER*

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