…it is important, even necessary, to teach students with autism to feel uncomfortable. Who taught me this? The keynote speaker, Jonathan Chase, a professional mentor, presenter and consultant based in Portland, Oregon. http://www.jonathanchase.net. He is an autist who shared a personal story to illustrate this point.
As a parent and professional in the autism community, I wholeheartedly agree that the time is right for an inclusive work environment. Let me give you a personal story to illustrate this point.
The Youth Mentoring Movement is an exciting and necessary one for teens with and without autism. In her 2010 TED talk, “The World needs all kinds of Minds”, https://www.ted.com/talks/temple_grandin_the_world_needs_all_kinds_of_minds, Temple Grandin stresses the importance of mentorship, especially in the school setting.
On June 2, 2016, I started Teachability, LLC, a social enterprise that solves the youth unemployment problem for people with invisible disabilities like autism spectrum disorder (ASD). I was driven by the success of my son and a deep need to share our strategies and vision with other families.
Google the word autism and this is what you’ll find: “a mental condition, present from early childhood, characterized by difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts”