A company created to hire people on the autism spectrum

ULTRA Testing cofounder Rajesh Anandan hopes to grow his team of testers to at least 250 in the next three years.

by Aaron Taube – Mark Leslie is a capable computer programmer who speaks four languages, but until recently the latest entry on his résumé was a retail job he held for six years at a Barnes & Noble in New York City. Like many of the estimated 1.5 million Americans on the autism spectrum, Leslie, […]

Mother of twins with ADHD publishes guide on the disorder

by Matthew Piechalak – A better understanding of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is what Donna Mac hopes to communicate to readers in her new book, “Toddlers & ADHD: Relief for Parents; A guide for Clinicians and Teachers.” Mac, a licensed clinical therapist and a Lombard native, wrote the book for parents, clinicians, pediatricians, teachers, occupational […]

MMA fighter with Down syndrome sues for the right to compete

by Chris Serico – A 24-year-old Mixed Martial Arts fighter with Down syndrome, Garrett Holeve says he’s ready for a fight, but to him, his fiercest opponents aren’t in the ring: They’re the people stopping him from climbing into it. “I can (do it). Don’t mess with me,” Holeve told TODAY.com. “I’m a blue belt.” […]

My path to becoming an ADHD coach

by Michael Martin – Several years ago I decided to close my counseling practice and focus all my “work” energy on the emerging field of Life Coaching.  I envisioned this not as a “retirement” in the traditional sense of the word.  Rather I saw it as a transition where I would no longer live under […]

Actress raises awareness of ADHD in girls

by Luchina Fisher – Holly Robinson Peete is helping spotlight attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in girls with a new public service announcement with her daughter Ryan. The “21 Jump Street” actress and her daughter appear in the PSA, as part of a campaign to raise awareness about ADHD in girls. According to the campaign Keep […]

Embracing your learning disability diagnosis is empowering

“You must try harder.” David Flink, 34, heard those words over and over again growing up in Atlanta — from his teachers, from his father — as he struggled against dyslexia and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Slowly, he learned to embrace himself as a “different thinker,” and a new world opened. Today, as many as one in five children […]

Special ed teacher fights to get job back

By Barbara Ross, Ben Chapman – A Bronx special education teacher who struggled for years to qualify for his position is fighting to get his job back after being fired for incompetence. Jesus Estaba, 59, insists that a Department of Education hearing officer was arbitrary and capricious last month when she agreed with DOE that […]

Today’s trend toward blended learning

Blended classrooms include Assistive Tech (AT).

by Gail Robinson - Educators dealing with children with disabilities like autism rely more and more on tablets as part of assistive technologies. (This story was produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, nonpartisan education-news organization.) Eleven-year-old Matthew Votto sits at an iPad, his teacher at his elbow. She holds up a small laminated picture of a […]

Employee with Down Syndrome is surprised by Publix customers

by Veronica Citron – Sean Walerski is a staple at the Publix on Gulf Boulevard in St. Pete Beach. He’s been bagging groceries and stocking shelves there for 9 years. “I love my customers,” the 29-year-old said. Walerski has Down Syndrome and relies on his bike to get to work. That bike was stolen last […]

Player runs tennis lessons inspired by sister with Down syndrome

by Tyler Killette – Heat radiates off the McIntosh Middle School tennis courts on a cloudless June afternoon, but the harsh sun is no match for the unflinching morale of BUDS Tennis players. The volunteer-run program, founded by Riverview High School student Allison Davis, 17, uses tennis as a medium to offer fitness lessons to […]