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Launched by parents of an infectiously funny and *mostly* happy boy on the spectrum, the Joyriding in Autismland podcast chats with ASD parents, kiddos, therapists, writers, and artists about the unexpected, charming, and funny moments with autism. Because laughing? Is the best vacation. Find the show notes online at http://www.joyridinginautismland.com/podcast

Joyriding In Autismland: Autism Podcast with Kid Gigawatt Kelley Fitch: Kid Gigawatt's Autism Therapy Microfundin' Mama

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Launched by parents of an infectiously funny and *mostly* happy boy on the spectrum, the Joyriding in Autismland podcast chats with ASD parents, kiddos, therapists, writers, and artists about the unexpected, charming, and funny moments with autism. Because laughing? Is the best vacation. Find the show notes online at http://www.joyridinginautismland.com/podcast

    36 Jessica Kupferman | On ADHD, autism, and comb-overs.

    36 Jessica Kupferman | On ADHD, autism, and comb-overs.

    Hold onto your comb-overs, people! Today we're chatting with entrepreneur, business coach, and fellow podcaster Jessica Kupferman. Jessica has a teenaged son with high functioning autism, and she is VERY funny.

     



     

    Jessica talks about having ADHD, Nate's late autism diagnosis, and what it's changed for them.

     

    Here are Jessica's deets:

     

    Website: Lady Business

     

    Podcast: Lady Business Radio

     

    Facebook: Lady Business Central

     

    Twitter: Jessica Kupferman

     

    Kelley

    PS Click here to listen, subscribe, rate, and review us on iTunes: Joyriding in Autismland

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    32 Patty Pacelli | On preparing younger kiddos for the workforce, what makes some people with autism fantastic hires, some of the best and worst jobs for people with autism, and about helpful work accommodations.

    32 Patty Pacelli | On preparing younger kiddos for the workforce, what makes some people with autism fantastic hires, some of the best and worst jobs for people with autism, and about helpful work accommodations.

    Today I'm excited to speak to author Patty Pacelli, whose young adult son has autism. She advocates for people on the spectrum to achieve their career dreams and contribute their exceptional talents to the workforce, and has just written a book entitled Six Word Lessons for Autism Friendly Workplaces.

    We chat about preparing younger kiddos for the workforce, what makes some people with autism fantastic hires, some of the best and worst jobs for people with autism, and about helpful work accommodations.



    In case you're thinking about picking up the book here's a chapter summary
    1.  The Need for Autism Friendly Workplaces
    2.  Career Preparation for Parents and Children
    3.  How to Find the Best Jobs
    4.  ADA Laws and Rules for Work
    5.  Best Interview Practices for the Employer
    6.  Interview Tips for People with Autism
    7.  Reasonable Accommodations for Employers to Offer
    8.  Accommodations that can Help Autistic Employees
    9.  Benefits of Hiring People with Autism
    10. Be Aware of Unique Autistic Traits
    11. Social Expectations for Workers with Autism

    And here are Patty's deets:

    Website: http://www.growingupautistic.com
    Book: http://www.growingupautistic.com/six-word-lessons-for-autism-friendly-workplaces.html
    Fast Company article: http://www.fastcompany.com/3028536/leadership-now/how-to-build-an-autism-friendly-workplace
    Entrepreneur article: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/233281

    Kelley

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    31 Kyle Crawford | On his new autism book, customized education, inclusion, laughing, and magical moments. (--dolphins included!)

    31 Kyle Crawford | On his new autism book, customized education, inclusion, laughing, and magical moments. (--dolphins included!)

    Kyle's work in autism spans direct services, research, and administration. He worked one-on-one with adults on the spectrum in Santa Barbara, CA, focusing on improvements in quality of life, employment, health, and social networks. For two years, while pursuing his Master's of Social Work, he worked for a multi-million dollar state and federally funded psychosocial intervention research project at the University of Pittsburgh for adults with autism that aims to be a new standard in adult autism services. And he's author to the recent book, Connect: Findings for a New Era of Autism.

    Here are all the deets on Kyle:

     


    Website: http://www.autismstat.org
    Book: https://gumroad.com/l/connect/beta
    New Venture: http://spot.launchrock.com
    Twitter: @autismstat

     

    Kelley

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    30 Kelley Fitch | On episodes 1-29 - a quick guide

    30 Kelley Fitch | On episodes 1-29 - a quick guide

    Today's episode is a bit different, because I won't be doing any interviewing - I'm flying solo. It's been a rough week for us all, because my father-in-law died on Monday afternoon, and he was just a great guy. A coach, a teacher, a veteran, a lifelong athlete, and a kind and gentle man.

    I'm feeling nostalgic, so I wanted to give a look back and give you guys a quick guide to our previous episodes to help you find a good one you might have missed. 



    The episodes from the parent perspective are:
           

    Numbers 4 & 5 with Keri Bowers, fillmaker and art therapist on raising a son on the spectrum
               

    Number 7 with Dan Korins on his son, who has an amazing voice
              

    Number 8 with Rupert Isaacson, NYT best-selling author and filmmaker of "The Horse Boy"   

    Number 12 with my husband Jeff Waites, on raising the Romanator
          

    Number 14 with Wayne Gilpin, author, and autism book and magazine publisher
   

    Number 18 with Kara Wilson, on raising a daughter with Asperger's
               

    Number 21 with Margret Ericsdottir, filmmaker and mom of a nonverbal teenaged boy
   

    Number 28 with Cynthia Lord, NYT best-selling children's author, and mom to a young adult son with autism   

    Number 29 with Julie Cole, entrepreneur and mother of 6 kids, the oldest of whom has autism



    Writing from the first-hand perspective of autism    

    Episode 2 with Temple Grandin, autism rock star   

    Episodes 9 & 10 with Jennifer McIlwee Myers, Aspie and author   

    Episode 23 with Tom Angleberger, Aspie, NYT best-selling author of a series of kids books with Aspie main characters



    The sibling perspective is highlighted with my own kids in episode 6



    Authors- we have a bunch in the parent category (Rupert Isaacson, Wayne Gilpin, Cynthia Lord), but also:
               

    Episode 3 with James Ball, chair of the national Autism Society and autism behavioral consultant
              

    Episode 20 with scholar, NYT best-selling author and speaker Andrew Solomon
   

    And then there are therapists and therapies on
               

    Episode 13 with Alisa Anderson on adaptive ski
               

    Episode 16 with Sarah Bronson on therapeutic horseback riding   

    Episode 17 with Jill Schacht on occupational therapy
               

    Episode 19 with Elizabeth Mortati on art therapy
               

    Episode 25 with Rachel See on music therapy

    

School & Home focused:
               

    We talk in-home support in number 11 with Lauren O'Neil
              

    We talk school inclusion in episode 24 with Tim Villegas



    Episode 22 with Eric Tivers is about how ADHD tends to co-occur with autism



    And then there are two episodes not specifically related to autism, but to being different:

    Episode 1 with NYT best-selling author, wine expert and social media guru Gary Vaynerchuk
   

    Episode 27 with NYT best-selling author, magazine publisher, super nice guy, and business consultant Chris Brogan



    And the last episodes I haven't mentioned are about Kid Gigawatt (that's us!)
   

    Number 15 is about why we sell t-shirts to microfund therapies for kiddos with autism
   

    Number 26 is about the road trip documentary movie we're making this summer



    And today is episode 30, so there you have it! And after 4 planes and a funeral, what I'd really love more than anything, is to hear from you. Please email me your funny stories from Autismland, I'd love to put together an episode together just with some of the bright spots. So when we're feeling a bit blue, we can have a good laugh. Email me at kelley@kidgigawatt.com- I'm counting on you! :)


    Kelley

    PS Here's a link to the blog post I mentioned on the podcast, Remembering Opa.

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    22 Eric Tivers | On treating ADHD from both sides of the couch, forgetting your Mom's birthday, and the neurological equivalent of the polar vortex

    22 Eric Tivers | On treating ADHD from both sides of the couch, forgetting your Mom's birthday, and the neurological equivalent of the polar vortex

    Stoked to be chatting with Eric Tivers, licensed Clinical Social Worker, coach, consultant, and counselor for ADHD and High Functioning Autism.

    We chat about what led him to an ADHD diagnosis in college, and what happens when autism is comorbid with ADHD. (

    Eric has a new podcast coming out soon, ADHD Rewired, and can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

    Kelley

    PS Click here to listen, subscribe, rate, and review us on iTunes: Joyriding in Autismland

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    20 Andrew Solomon | On the fantasy of normal, neurodiversity, and the horizontal identity of autism

    20 Andrew Solomon | On the fantasy of normal, neurodiversity, and the horizontal identity of autism

    Thrilled to be interviewing Andrew Solomon today, author of the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award winning book, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity, which explores ideas of abilities, disabilities, illness and identities in extraordinary children born to ordinary parents. His tome represents a decade of researching and interviewing parents raising kids with dwarfism, Downs Syndrome, autism, or schizophrenia, children born deaf, as well as prodigies, children conceived in rape, transgendered children, and kids who grow up to become criminals.

     





    His appearances on Far From the Tree include The Moth Radio Hour, a Ted Talk, The Colbert Report, and a Fresh Air interview with Terry Gross.

    We chat about neurodiversity, the fantasy of normal, and being kind to everyone you meet.



    Check out Mr. Solomon's intelligent article on the Autism Rights Movement here, and keep up with him on Facebook and Twitter.

    Kelley

    PS Click here to listen, subscribe, rate, and review us on iTunes: Joyriding in Autismland

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