BEFORE BEN HIRASUNA showed up for the first job interview of his life, he went for weeks at a time without leaving his parents’ home in Santa Monica. Outside, sun poured down; inside, he looked at the top of his forearm and noticed it was every bit as pale as its underside. To say Hirasuna is shy is to say the ocean is big — it captures nothing of the vastness of the feeling. He managed to attend college at Arizona State for just over a year but returned home for good in November 2017. For a few months, he took some classes at a local community college, but eventually his routine gave way to solitude at home. During the day, he slept; at night he rose to battle the enemy in futuristic cities and pastel landscapes on his PC, or tinkered on another monitor with any of the codes (Java, Perl, Rust, C++ and C#) he taught himself in high school. Finally, last November, his parents insisted that he get a job — any job, at the bakery down the street or at McDonald’s, if it came to read more
This is a great online group through this association. The group has been helpful. -Greg
New Support Group Registrations
Hi all,As I mentioned yesterday in group, I am going to be running this 8 week group again after this current round ends. Simultaneously, we are going to start another online group, which will be run by a different facilitator at a different day/time. Otherwise, they will be the same (open to adults of all ages and genders).When those two new rounds end in the Spring, we may decide to divide the groups by age. To be determined.It’s been a pleasure having you all in the group and I’d happily welcome you back. If for whatever reason the other group sounds like the better option, feel free to sign up. Registration should be going out for both groups in the next couple weeks. I will again give you “first priority” to register before opening it up to everyone else.Any questions, just let me know!Thanks,KellySupport Group “1”Facilitated by meTuesdays 11-12:30 pm EST, March 12-April 30Open to adults on the spectrum of all ages/gendersSupport Group “2”Facilitated by Jennifer DeSanctis-NarbyMondays 7-8:30 pm EST, March 11-April 29Open to adults on the spectrum of all ages/gendersKelly Urban, MA, LMHCshe/her/hers
Coordinator of Adult Services
Are you interested in learning about employment opportunities? Job openings? Autism hiring initiatives? Internships? Other work experience options?
If so, sign up for AANE’s new Employment Bulletin Board!
The bulletin board will be in the form of a “read-only” Google group and will feature employment related information posted by AANE.
You do not need to have a Google account in order to receive information. Once AANE posts information to the Google group, it will arrive in your email inbox as a normal email.
Most of the information posted on the Google group will focus on New England area employment opportunities. Occasional national or online opportunities that may be of interest to everyone will be posted as well.
Examples of opportunities that have been publicized in the past are:
- Dell/EMC Autism Advantage at Work Summer Internship Program
- Google Online IT Support Certification Course
- Microsoft Autism Hiring Initiative
- Proctor and Gamble/Gillette Two Week Research and Development Internship for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum
- Meaningful Jobs Initiative: May Institute Training Program for Individuals with ASD Interested in Employment with the TSA and/or Security Industry
- Casting Call for Television Documentary EmployABLE Me