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"We never pushed him, but put him in a position to push himself" says Jeff Joiner regarding his son Logan's special interest of rollercoasters. On this episode of Autism Stories we talk with Jeff about how Logan's special interest of rollercoasters enhanced his life in so many different ways. Autism Stories connects you with amazing people who are helping  Autistic adults and teens become more successful. To be updated on the latest Autism Stories episode  subscribe on your favorite podcast listening platform. Music for this podcast was written and recorded by Megan Metzelaar. Megan is a 27 yr old part time student at UC Clermont where she is just about to earn her Associate's Degree in Biological Sciences. She has two cats that live at her mom and grandmothers house (BW and Sunshine). Megan likes to write music, sing, dance, and watch movies with her husband. She has Autism and ADHD and enjoys performing on stage as it makes her feel she is just like everyone else. Megan just created her first album "24".
"It would be a lot of sensory overload, it would be alot of socializing I didn’t want to do, I would be uncomfortable the whole time, tired and overwhelmed,  and didn’t feel in alignment in the relationship with my soon to be husband", says Becca Lory Hector in thinking  about the planning of her wedding day. Listen to this episode as Becca explains how compromise and communication made her wedding and can make the wedding day of many other Autistic people a day they will fondly remember for the rest of their lives. Autism Stories connects you with amazing people who are helping  Autistic adults and teens become more successful. To be updated on the latest Autism Stories episode  subscribe on your favorite podcast listening platform. Music for this podcast was written and recorded by Megan Metzelaar. Megan is a 27 yr old part time student at UC Clermont where she is just about to earn her Associate's Degree in Biological Sciences. She has two cats that live at her mom and grandmothers house (BW and Sunshine). Megan likes to write music, sing, dance, and watch movies with her husband. She has Autism and ADHD and enjoys performing on stage as it makes her feel she is just like everyone else. Megan just created her first album "24".
Satisfaction has become much more prominent at work with the creation of our special interest groups says Byran Dai co-founder of Daivergent. Listen to this episode to learn how these groups were created and why they are so important to the neurodiverse workforce at Daivergent. Autism Stories connects you with amazing people who are helping  Autistic adults and teens become more successful. To be updated on the latest Autism Stories episode  subscribe on your favorite podcast listening platform. Music for this podcast was written and recorded by Megan Metzelaar. Megan is a 27 yr old part time student at UC Clermont where she is just about to earn her Associate's Degree in Biological Sciences. She has two cats that live at her mom and grandmothers house (BW and Sunshine). Megan likes to write music, sing, dance, and watch movies with her husband. She has Autism and ADHD and enjoys performing on stage as it makes her feel she is just like everyone else. Megan just created her first album "24".
We need to see more positive stories about Autistic people says Swathi Chettipally. Listen as Swathi shares the story of  supporting her daughter Siri in creating a jewlery making business and how it has changed her families life in so many positive ways.  Autism Stories connects you with amazing people who are helping  Autistic adults and teens become more successful. To be updated on the latest Autism Stories episode  subscribe on your favorite podcast listening platform. Music for this podcast was written and recorded by Megan Metzelaar. Megan is a 27 yr old part time student at UC Clermont where she is just about to earn her Associate's Degree in Biological Sciences. She has two cats that live at her mom and grandmothers house (BW and Sunshine). Megan likes to write music, sing, dance, and watch movies with her husband. She has Autism and ADHD and enjoys performing on stage as it makes her feel she is just like everyone else. Megan just created her first album "24".
Intuition changes everything for Autistic people says Rebecca Cavender . Listen to this episode of Autism Stories as Rebecca explains why intutition is so important to access and some of the first steps you can go about doing just that. Autism Stories connects you with amazing people who are helping Autistic adults and teens become more successful. To be updated on the latest Autism Stories episode  subscribe on your favorite platorm to listen to the podcast. Music for this podcast was written and recorded by Megan Metzelaar. Megan is a 27 yr old part time student at UC Clermont where she is just about to earn her Associate's Degree in Biological Sciences. She has two cats that live at her mom and grandmothers house (BW and Sunshine). Megan likes to write music, sing, dance, and watch movies with her husband. She has Autism and ADHD and enjoys performing on stage as it makes her feel she is just like everyone else. Megan just created her first album "24".
Recent studies have reported that eating disorders effect almost 20% of those on the spectrum.  On this episode of Autism Stories we talk with occupational therapist Kim Clairy about why this happens and what can be done to support Autistic people with eating disorders. Autism Stories connects you with amazing people who are helping Autistic adults and teens become more successful. To be updated on the latest Autism Stories episode  subscribe on your favorite platorm to listen to the podcast. Music for this podcast was written and recorded by Megan Metzelaar. Megan is a 27 yr old part time student at UC Clermont where she is just about to earn her Associate's Degree in Biological Sciences. She has two cats that live at her mom and grandmothers house (BW and Sunshine). Megan likes to write music, sing, dance, and watch movies with her husband. She has Autism and ADHD and enjoys performing on stage as it makes her feel she is just like everyone else. Megan just created her first album "24".
The majority of the best known theories about Autism are centered around the deficits for those on the spectrum. Fergus Murray discusses on this episode of Autism Stories why that isn't helpful and why the theory of Monotropism is a much better way of understanding and supporting Autistic people. Autism Stories connects you with amazing people who are helping Autistic adults and teens become more successful. To be updated on the latest Autism Stories episode  subscribe on your favorite platorm to listen to the podcast. Music for this podcast was written and recorded by Megan Metzelaar. Megan is a 27 yr old part time student at UC Clermont where she is just about to earn her Associate's Degree in Biological Sciences. She has two cats that live at her mom and grandmothers house (BW and Sunshine). Megan likes to write music, sing, dance, and watch movies with her husband. She has Autism and ADHD and enjoys performing on stage as it makes her feel she is just like everyone else. Megan just created her first album "24".
Autistic females often get a diagnosis later in life compared to their male counterparts . Marcelle Ciampi created the females with Asperger's non official checklist  in an effort to assist mental health professionals in recognizing Autism in females. On this episode of Autism Stories we talk about this with Marcelle and much more.  Autism Stories connects you with amazing people who are helping Autistic adults and teens become more successful. To be updated on the latest Autism Stories episode  subscribe on your favorite platorm to listen to the podcast. Music for this podcast was written and recorded by Megan Metzelaar. Megan is a 27 yr old part time student at UC Clermont where she is just about to earn her Associate's Degree in Biological Sciences. She has two cats that live at her mom and grandmothers house (BW and Sunshine). Megan likes to write music, sing, dance, and watch movies with her husband. She has Autism and ADHD and enjoys performing on stage as it makes her feel she is just like everyone else. Megan just created her first album "24".
The Autistic community  has struggled to be heard, to be seen, to be accommodated, to be accepted, and to feel like they have the space to be their authentic selves. On this episode of Autism Stories we talk with Tacy Traverso about bringing into light the need for more dialog between the Autistic and the non-Autistic world to change that.  Autism Stories connects you with amazing people who are helping Autistic adults and teens become more successful. The Autism Stories podcast was nominated for Local Podcast, for Cincinnati CityBeat's "Best of 2020." . Vote for Autism Stories click on the city life section in the link below and go to the local podcast category and select Autism Stories. https://www.citybeat.com/best-of-cincinnati-2020-readers-choice-poll?fbclid=IwAR2aocahsuyJ8_hxQ5KNKhEOOTFGTHwWwFiOa97MXs-nZrlzQN82poO173c#// To be updated on the latest Autism Stories episode  subscribe on your favorite platorm to listen to the podcast. Music for this podcast was written and recorded by Megan Metzelaar. Megan is a 27 yr old part time student at UC Clermont where she is just about to earn her Associate's Degree in Biological Sciences. She has two cats that live at her mom and grandmothers house (BW and Sunshine). Megan likes to write music, sing, dance, and watch movies with her husband. She has Autism and ADHD and enjoys performing on stage as it makes her feel she is just like everyone else. Megan just created her first album "24".
There are many challenges to inclusion in all aspects of community for Autistic and Neurodiverse people. The Americans with Disablities  Act was created as a piece of civil rights legislation that makes it illegal to discriminate against anyone with a disability in all aspects of community. On this episode of Autism Stories we talk with Haley Moss and Amy Gaeta about the  importance of the ADA 29 years later and what changes could be made in the future to improve this law.  Autism Stories connects you with amazing people who are helping Autistic adults and teens become more successful. The Autism Stories podcast was nominated for Local Podcast, for Cincinnati CityBeat's "Best of 2020." . Vote for Autism Stories click on the city life section in the link below and go to the local podcast category and select Autism Stories. https://www.citybeat.com/best-of-cincinnati-2020-readers-choice-poll?fbclid=IwAR2aocahsuyJ8_hxQ5KNKhEOOTFGTHwWwFiOa97MXs-nZrlzQN82poO173c#// To be updated on the latest Autism Stories episode  subscribe on your favorite platorm to listen to the podcast. Music for this podcast was written and recorded by Megan Metzelaar. Megan is a 27 yr old part time student at UC Clermont where she is just about to earn her Associate's Degree in Biological Sciences. She has two cats that live at her mom and grandmothers house (BW and Sunshine). Megan likes to write music, sing, dance, and watch movies with her husband. She has Autism and ADHD and enjoys performing on stage as it makes her feel she is just like everyone else. Megan just created her first album "24".
When you don't get a good night's sleep your day is probably going to much more challenging to navigate. That only intensifies when you have sleep apnea.  During this episode of Autism Stories we talk with John Truitt about how sleep apnea effects so many Autistic people and what he is doing to try to combat these challenges.  Autism Stories connects you with amazing people who are helping Autistic adults and teens become more successful. The Autism Stories podcast was nominated for Local Podcast, for Cincinnati CityBeat's "Best of 2020." . Vote for Autism Stories click on the city life section in the link below and go to the local podcast category and select Autism Stories. https://www.citybeat.com/best-of-cincinnati-2020-readers-choice-poll?fbclid=IwAR2aocahsuyJ8_hxQ5KNKhEOOTFGTHwWwFiOa97MXs-nZrlzQN82poO173c#// To be updated on the latest Autism Stories episode  subscribe on your favorite platorm to listen to the podcast. Music for this podcast was written and recorded by Megan Metzelaar. Megan is a 27 yr old part time student at UC Clermont where she is just about to earn her Associate's Degree in Biological Sciences. She has two cats that live at her mom and grandmothers house (BW and Sunshine). Megan likes to write music, sing, dance, and watch movies with her husband. She has Autism and ADHD and enjoys performing on stage as it makes her feel she is just like everyone else. Megan just created her first album "24".
Becoming an entrepreneur can certainly be very challenging, but it can also change your life for the better in so many ways. In this episode we talk with Chris Hall about how creating Computers for the Autistic Foundation has not only changed his life,  but so many others in the Autism community. Autism Stories connects you with amazing people who are helping Autistic adults and teens become more independent and successful. The Autism Stories podcast was nominated for Local Podcast, for Cincinnati CityBeat's "Best of 2020." . Vote for Autism Stories click on the city life section in the link below and go to the local podcast category and select Autism Stories. https://www.citybeat.com/best-of-cincinnati-2020-readers-choice-poll?fbclid=IwAR2aocahsuyJ8_hxQ5KNKhEOOTFGTHwWwFiOa97MXs-nZrlzQN82poO173c#// To be updated on the latest Autism Stories episode  subscribe on your favorite platorm to listen to the podcast. Music for this podcast was written and recorded by Megan Metzelaar. Megan is a 27 yr old part time student at UC Clermont where she is just about to earn her Associate's Degree in Biological Sciences. She has two cats that live at her mom and grandmothers house (BW and Sunshine). Megan likes to write music, sing, dance, and watch movies with her husband. She has Autism and ADHD and enjoys performing on stage as it makes her feel she is just like everyone else. Megan just created her first album "24".
What is Ehler's Danlos Syndrome and what can this teach us about Autism? We discuss this and much more with Emily Casanova, Research Assistant Professor with the University of South Carolina Medical School at Greenville. Autism Stories connects you with amazing people who are helping Autistic adults and teens become more independent and successful. To learn more about Emily visit her blog at https://scienceoveracuppa.com/. To be updated on the latest Autism Stories episode  subscribe on your favorite platorm to listen to the podcast. Music for this podcast was written and recorded by Megan Metzelaar. Megan is a 27 yr old part time student at UC Clermont where she is just about to earn her Associate's Degree in Biological Sciences. She has two cats that live at her mom and grandmothers house (BW and Sunshine). Megan likes to write music, sing, dance, and watch movies with her husband. She has Autism and ADHD and enjoys performing on stage as it makes her feel she is just like everyone else. Megan just created her first album "24".
There are many Autistic people who are talented artists, but finding employment with  art can be challenging.  On this episode of Autism Stories we talk with Dane Capo and his mother Krista about how they have been able to develop his art into a viable source of income. Autism Stories connects you with amazing people who are helping Autistic adults and teens become more independent and successful. To learn more about Dane or to purchase his art visit https://www.danecapo.com/. To be updated on the latest Autism Stories episode  subscribe on your favorite platorm to listen to the podcast. Music for this podcast was written and recorded by Megan Metzelaar. Megan is a 27 yr old part time student at UC Clermont where she is just about to earn her Associate's Degree in Biological Sciences. She has two cats that live at her mom and grandmothers house (BW and Sunshine). Megan likes to write music, sing, dance, and watch movies with her husband. She has Autism and ADHD and enjoys performing on stage as it makes her feel she is just like everyone else. Megan just created her first album "24".
Open office spaces can be stressful for just about any employee and a challenge to do your work succesfully, but especially when you are Autistic.  On this episode of Autism Stories we talk  with Mikhaela Ackerman, author of Edge of the Playground, about what strategies Autistic and neurodiverse employees can employ to make these spaces less challenging. Autism Stories connects you with amazing people who are helping Autistic teens and adults become more independent and successful. Music for this podcast was written and recorded by Megan Metzelaar. Megan is a 27 yr old part time student at UC Clermont where she is just about to earn her Associate's Degree in Biological Sciences. She has two cats that live at her mom and grandmothers house (BW and Sunshine). Megan likes to write music, sing, dance, and watch movies with her husband. She has Autism and ADHD and enjoys performing on stage as it makes her feel she is just like everyone else. Megan just created her first album "24".
Medical appointments can be stressful for just about anyone, but even more so to Autistic patients. On this episode of Autism Stories we talk with Dr. Sarah Zate about why  these appointments are so anxiety producing and what strategies medical practices can employ  to make them less overwhelming. Autism Stories connects you with amazing people who are helping Autistic teens and adults become more independent and successful. Music for this podcast was written and recorded by Megan Metzelaar. Megan is a 27 yr old part time student at UC Clermont where she is just about to earn her Associate's Degree in Biological Sciences. She has two cats that live at her mom and grandmothers house (BW and Sunshine). Megan likes to write music, sing, dance, and watch movies with her husband. She has Autism and ADHD and enjoys performing on stage as it makes her feel she is just like everyone else. Megan just created her first album "24".
Research on the experiences of fathers whose children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder is limited, but especially for African-American fathers.  On this episode we discuss this with Dr. Michael Hannon who wrote his dissertation "Love him and everything will fall into place" on this very important topic. Autism Stories connects you with amazing people who are helping Autistic teens and adults become more independent and successful. Music for this podcast was written and recorded by Megan Metzelaar. Megan is a 27 yr old part time student at UC Clermont where she is just about to earn her Associate's Degree in Biological Sciences. She has two cats that live at her mom and grandmothers house (BW and Sunshine). Megan likes to write music, sing, dance, and watch movies with her husband. She has Autism and ADHD and enjoys performing on stage as it makes her feel she is just like everyone else. Megan just created her first album "24".
It is ongoing challenge to make businesses and events in the community more inclusive to all people. In this episode of Autism Stories we talk with Kelly Bron Jonson, the founder of Completely Inclusive, on how her organization is helping to make this more of a reality. Autism Stories connects you with amazing people who are helping Autistic teens and adults become more independent and successful. Music for this podcast was written and recorded by Megan Metzelaar. Megan is a 27 yr old part time student at UC Clermont where she is just about to earn her Associate's Degree in Biological Sciences. She has two cats that live at her mom and grandmothers house (BW and Sunshine). Megan likes to write music, sing, dance, and watch movies with her husband. She has Autism and ADHD and enjoys performing on stage as it makes her feel she is just like everyone else. Megan just created her first album "24".
Next year there will be much interest in watching gymnastics at the Olympics, but it can be a great sport to participate in with so many positive benefits.  On this episode of Autism Stories we talk with Karissa Johnson of Spectra Gymnastics. Karissa tells us how she and Spectra make gymnastics a sport that is inclusive for all people so they can receive the positive benefits this sport provides.   Autism Stories connects you with amazing people who are helping Autistic teens and adults become more independent and successful. Learn more about Karissa and Spectra Gymanastics by visiting http://spectrapdx.com/. Music for this podcast was written and recorded by Megan Metzelaar. Megan is a 27 yr old part time student at UC Clermont where she is just about to earn her Associate's Degree in Biological Sciences. She has two cats that live at her mom and grandmothers house (BW and Sunshine). Megan likes to write music, sing, dance, and watch movies with her husband. She has Autism and ADHD and enjoys performing on stage as it makes her feel she is just like everyone else. Megan just created her first album "24". Sponsorships: off for this episode
Figuring out who we are and what we want is a  lifelong quest. On this episode of Autism Stories we talk with Sara Earhart about how being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder led her  to start a blog, Seeking Sara, and helped to give her a much better understanding of who she is.  Autism Stories connects you with amazing people who are helping Autistic teens and adults become more independent and successful.  Visit https://seekingsara174.com/ to read Sarah's blog.  Music for this podcast was written and recorded by Megan Metzelaar. Megan is a 27 yr old part time student at UC Clermont where she is just about to earn her Associate's Degree in Biological Sciences. She has two cats that live at her mom and grandmothers house (BW and Sunshine). Megan likes to write music, sing, dance, and watch movies with her husband. She has Autism and ADHD and enjoys performing on stage as it makes her feel she is just like everyone else. Megan just created her first album "24".
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