Entries by Autism Shifts

Vicky Westra and Working with the Autism Community

Vicky Westra is the Founder of Autism Shifts, a 501(c)3 Non-profit Foundation and Artistas Café, a unique Social Enterprise whose mission is to employ individuals diagnosed with Autism. Prior to her current entrepreneurial role, Vicky worked at Tampa Electric Company for 22 years in various roles. Her last role prior to leaving TECO was Director […]

Do we get what we expect for our Autistic Children?

Today, I read an article and the title was “Autistic restaurant worker Goes Unpaid for Months”. It resonated with me as I know very well from our autistic team members who work at Artistas that many of them were unpaid workers before securing their jobs at the Café. As I read the story, some things […]

Autism? Then Seek first to Understand

In the bible in the book of Proverbs it says “Seek first to understand, then to be understood”. Stephen Covey the Leadership Guru also used “seek first to understand” as habit #5 in his leading book “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. People with autism give us an opportunity to put this into practice because […]

Autism – Is your glass half full or half empty??

We have all heard the proverbial “is the glass half empty or half full?” It’s an expression we use to indicate whether we see the world as an optimist or a pessimist sees it. Well this expression can certainly apply to how we see Autism. Today Autism is still considered “a glass half empty” diagnosis […]

Autism – Practicing New Skills makes Perfect!

It’s that time again… the Olympics! It’s when we get to see so many incredible athletes that are at the top in their individual sports…whether swimming, gymnastics, cycling, or long distance running. Many think that all of these competitors must have natural talents and abilities, and of course there are certain body types that align […]