Zosia Zaks, M.Ed., CRC, was diagnosed with autism at age 31. As a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Zaks provides job development, career support, adult life skills training, and family education to individuals on the spectrum and their loved ones. Author of numerous articles and the book Life and Love: Positive Strategies for Autistic Adults (AAPC 2006), Zaks infuses presentations, professional development workshops, and writings with multiple perspectives. In addition, Zaks teaches courses on autism at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland; serves on the boards of several local and national autism organizations; was appointed to the Maryland Commission on Autism.
Halloween is that most delicious of holidays when the candy and treats are flowing freely. But what if you are one of the thousands of teenagers and adults on the autism spectrum following a special diet?
The weather is warm and breezy. Kids are out of school. The pace of life seems to slow down, even just a little: It is summer.
Holiday breaks and chilly winter evenings are great for movie lovers.
It is 3:00 PM on Thanksgiving and dinner isn’t for another couple of hours. Everyone is watching the football game . . .
Besides taking a social skills class to cover the basics, what can autistic adults do to enhance social comprehension?
Of course I knew the rule, don’t talk to strangers. But the usher at the movie theater wasn’t a stranger anymore, right? After all, we had talked for a few minutes.
Here's what really gets to us about the holiday season. It's not the way advertisers assault us, though that's troubling.
By the time you read this, I will have returned from a week’s vacation in Florida with my family.
Schedule-based living, however, can be a tricky proposition. On the one hand, a schedule orders the day, the expectations, and is comforting to Madison who has difficulty with transitions....
The search for a postsecondary program for a student like Cameron is not much fun. It’s actually pretty awful.
Last week I had the opportunity to head to Washington, DC to attend the “Autism Speaks to Washington” summit.
This hasn't been a peaceful time in the autism community.
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