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Highlights from Vicky Westra's Recent Interview on Inventors Launchpad

Can you elaborate on the misperception of individuals with autism? You know that the whole program, the Artistas Cafe program was really a representation of the shift because what happens is, people have such a misperception of autism. When…

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…

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…

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…
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The Darkest Clouds can be followed by the Brightest Rainbows

Fifteen years ago when we first received Gabbi’s diagnosis of Autism, I had no idea what it would mean for her, or us.  There were so many unanswered questions and so much fear of what was to come.  During the first few years, fear…

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…