Autism In Real Life, hosted by Ilia Walsh, is dedicated to offering insights into the joys and challenges of living with autism. Are you a parent or educator frustrated with how to best help someone diagnosed on the autism spectrum? Ever wish other people understood what living with autism was like? Want to know what resources and tools exist to better help your child or student? In this podcast, you will hear first-hand from other parents, educators, advocates as well as adults on the spectrum share their experiences and expertise. You will learn strategies for learning, employment, relationships, day-to-day living and more. These personal stories and interviews will inspire as well as empower you to try new tools and be a better advocate so you can see the unique gifts and talents of individuals on the autism spectrum fully recognized. Please join Ilia's email list to get more information on the podcast, receive blog posts and the newsletter. To learn more visit www.autisminreallifethepodcast.com. To support the podcast please consider donating at: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/autismIRLMusic & Editing Copyright 2020 Ryan Walsh. To hear more of Ryan's music, you can check out his SoundCloud @TransparentDark The information, opinions, and recommendations presented on the Autism in Real Life podcast, website, or newsletter are for general information purposes only and are solely those of the individuals involved and may not represent AANE’s positions, strategies or opinions.
Episode 22: Attracting and Retaining Neurodivergent Talent in the Workforce with Sam Warner
Sam Warner is a Communication Specialist and works with leaders across multiple industries to help Neurodivergent people at work to achieve recognition, respect and understanding. Working predominantly with the IT industry, Sam works with the whole team to enable them to become self-aware, better communicators and gel as a cohesive team. The benefits include increased profit and productivity, decreased absenteeism and an empowered high-performing team.
Sam is a TEDx Speaker, the licensee and director of TEDxTelford and coaches TEDx Speakers, speakers for formal events and small businesses wishing to refine their messaging. Sam undertakes individual coaching for Neurodivergent adults and their friends, family and co-workers. She also helps trainers to design for neurodivergent audience members and trains organisations to improve their team culture and HR processes to be more inclusive. You can connect with her here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/samwarner/
Sam's Website is here: Get Your Message Across
Episode 21: I Never Thought I'd Say This
Episode 20: Transitioning To Post High School Life with Dan McManmon of CIP (College Internship Program)
Dan McManmon grew up in western Massachusetts with four sisters, six foster brothers, and an adopted brother. Dan’s father, Michael McManmon, founded the College Internship Program (CIP) in 1984 and was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome in his late 50’s. The experience and relationship growing up with his father have had a profound effect on his understanding and compassion of Autism, ADHD and related learning differences.
Dan studied multimedia and marketing at Champlain College and Autism Spectrum Disorders at Elms College. He began working at CIP a residential instructor and National Marketing Coordinator in 2005 teaching independent living skills and person-centered planning at the CIP Berkshire Center in Lee, Massachusetts. In 2007, Dan assisted with the opening of CIP’s fourth program site in Berkeley, California. In 2010 he relocated back to Western Massachusetts and served as CIP’s Director of Admissions and Marketing.
Dan is a member of the Autism Asperger’s Network (AANE), Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA), Autism Society of America (ASA), and the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). His co-authored work on Reframing was published in the Autism File Magazine and he is a contributor to Autism & Learning Differences: An Active Learning Teaching Toolkit released by Jessica Kingsley Publishers in 2015.
As President, Dan strives to achieve long-term vision and alignment with CIP’s core values and founding principles by ensuring operations, marketing, strategy, and programming are effectively implemented across the organization. He enjoys producing music, photography, hiking, biking, and spending time with his wife Nicole, son Marlow, and daughters Arbor and Juniper.
Episode 19: Tyson's Run The Movie: An Interview with Director, Kim Bass & Lead Actor, Major Dodson
View the trailer here.
When fifteen-year-old Tyson attends public school for the first time, his life is changed forever. While helping his father clean up after the football team, Tyson befriends champion marathon runner Aklilu. Never letting his autism hold him back, Tyson becomes determined to run his first marathon in hopes of winning his father's approval.
With the help of an unlikely friend and his parents, Tyson learns that with faith in yourself and the courage to take the first step, anything is possible.
Bass is an Emmy®-nominated screenplay and teleplay writer best known for his work on “In Living Color,” “Sister, Sister” and the Nickelodeon sitcom “Kenan & Kel.” During his over twenty-five year career, Bass has worked as a writer for almost all of the major Hollywood studios and television networks as well as many prominent and independent film and television production companies including: Warner Brothers Studios; Twentieth Century Fox Studios; Disney Studios; Sony Pictures Studios and others. Currently, Bass is in post-production on his latest film, HeadShop, and pre-production on a faith-based Christmas film, Mother Johnson's Miracle Christmas, scheduled to begin principal photography in the spring of 2022. In addition, Bass’ film, Tyson’s Run is scheduled to open theatrically, nationwide on March 4th.
Major Dodson is best known for his role of Sam Anderson on AMC’s International smash hit series “The Walking Dead.” Other projects include LEFT BEHIND, “American Horror Story,” and “Revolution.” Dodson is currently featured in the inspirational drama TYSON’S RUN in theaters Spring 2022. Dodson currently resides in Los Angeles, Calif.
Episode 18: Self Discovery Through your Child's Diagnosis with Jenna
Jenna and I have a great conversation about getting diagnosed when you are an adult who also is the parent of a child on spectrum.
Episode 17: Picky Eating with Sarah Appleman
Sarah Appleman MS, OTR/L is a published Author, Speaker and Pediatric Occupational Therapist for therapist 20 years. Sarah Co-Owned Paws 4 Peds in Long Beach New York. A unique facility that combined Occupational, Physical and Speech therapy while incorporating 2 dogs, 2 Herman’s Tortoises and a Malo Uromastyx lizard for animal assisted therapy. This facility inspired her to write “Paw Prints Learning”, a 3-part Handwriting Curriculum utilizing a multi-sensory approach to handwriting. In her newly released book, “Play with your Food”, Sarah combines her passions of working with the special need’s population and baking. Through fun therapeutic interventions, activities, and tips, she guides caretakers and children to enjoy the participation in the food preparation with fun games, while improving food repertoire of picky eaters. Sarah holds a master’s degree from Touro College in Occupational Therapy. She specializes in early intervention in children diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorders. Sarah has worked as a Senior Therapist & Supervisor for school districts, home care agencies and sensory gyms. She has also been published in Spectrum Magazine, Long Island Herald, and recently appeared on KUSI for Autism Awareness month.
Love this podcast!
Just started listening and already gaining so much! This podcast is fantastic at putting a positive spin on any ASD diagnosis-something most articles do not do! So grateful for this resource! 💕
Too much vocal fry
Autist with sensitive ears…cannot listen to this croaking woman. This seems to be more for parents / teachers who feel victimized and put upon by the autists in their lives, like a support group for them.
Episode 54- listen!
This episode was awesome!! Ordered the book on Amazon.