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Thinking in Pictures

Thinking in Pictures: And Other Reports from My Life With Autism

Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is a gifted animal scientist who has designed one third of all the livestock-handling facilities in the United States. She also lectures widely on autism because she is autistic, a woman who thinks, feels, and experiences the world in ways that are incomprehensible to the rest of us. Grandin writes from the dual perspectives of a scientist and an autistic person. She tells us how she managed to breach the boundaries of autism to function in the outside world.

Developing Talents

Developing Talents: Careers for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism

This career planning guide is written specifically for high-functioning adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum, their families, teachers, and counselors. The authors blend of information and advice based on personal experiences. The result is an extremely useful and practical book that introduces step-by-step processes for the job search with a major section on the impact ASD has in the workplace, including managing sensory problems, how to nurture and turn talents and special interests into paid work, jobs that are particularly suited to individuals on the spectrum, and much more.

In Your Own Way

In Your Own Way: A Celebration of the Gifts and Challenges that Life Presents Video

This 4 minute music video is a perfect session opener or closer for workshops, school settings, and any other situation where "inclusion of all people" is the theme. The beauty of the lyrics are supported by the radiant and eclectic photographs that salute the power of differences in "The Game of Life."

Look Who's Laughing

Look Who's Laughing Video

This funny and compelling documentary is about the lives, experiences and humor of six working comedians who have various types of disabilities. Shot at comedy clubs across the country, "Look Who's Laughing" spotlights some of the most talented and truly funny comics working today.

The Secret of Success

Secret of Success Video

Prevents burn out by teaching the skills that every employment specialist should know. This dramatic video is one that any employment staff can easily relate to. It is about an employment consultant struggling with rejection and the fear of rejection when talking to potential employers about hiring people with disabilities. The video focuses on five specific skills that will assist employees on achieving their goals. The end result is a more satisfied employee with higher and more successful placement results.

Fred's Story

Fred's Story Video

Fred Calabrese tells of the unpleasant realities of decades of institutional life, then a move to his own apartment. And Fred is a disturbingly honest but overwhelmingly charming speaker on his own behalf. His reflections on life inside are intercut with footage expressing the ideals of the institution. Rather than a traditional, third-person documentary about the State institution or Fred's life, each speaks for itself. Fred talks about his life and shares his indomitable, lyrical spirit.

Accommodating Employees and Job Applicants with Psychiatric Disabilities

Accommodating Employees and Job Applicants with Psychiatric Disabilities in the Workplace: Part I & II Video

This video provides basic information for agencies, employers and human resource professionals. The large cast of twenty-seven demonstrate many of the key points while using scenarios to cover the six most common disorders. Depression, Anxiety, Chemical Dependency, Manic Depressive/Bipolar, Obsessive-Compulsive and Psychiatric Expressive Communication Disorder are discussed. Legal experts also cover such important topics as harassment in the workplace and medical definitions of each disorder.

Teamwork Works

Teamwork Works: A Person Centered Planning Tool

Adaptable to all people, regardless of the severity of their disability. Includes a seven-step formula that promotes cross-agency collaboration and teamwork. Features a man with a developmental disability who worked with his VR counselor, sister, employer SSA and HUD, to become more independent. Demonstrates how the system should work and what can be accomplished by working together.


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