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Aeolienne

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  1. Funny how none of the participants on The Undateables get told "Relationships are no big deal", "You're too young to worry about having a boyfriend/girlfriend", "Relationships come along when you least expect it", "Just join a club" etc etc etc.
  2. Believe it or not, Nick Giuffre has been part of the world of Spectrum Fusion since before the program even began. He first met Dr. Heidi Ham when he was only 4 years old when he was a part of her Language Learning Group at the University of Houston. “At the time, I recommended that he add intensive occupational therapy intervention as well to address developmental dyspraxia,” Dr. Ham said. Nick participated in her Language Learning Group for two years and then they parted ways. Dr. Ham moved to London and Nick began his lifelong participation in sports. He played basketball for 10 years, took gymnastics for 9, and ran track for 4 years. “They partially led to me wanting to become a fitness trainer,” said Nick. “I also wanted to become a personal fitness trainer because I wanted to stay involved in sports and fitness, helping people lose weight because I went through and am still going through a weight loss journey myself.” After graduating high school, Nick continued his education at Shreiner University. Initially, he had some difficulties with schedule management, the size of his workload, and separation anxiety from being away from home, but with the support of Dr. Ham and executive functioning therapists, he was able to learn strategies for organization and studying through the Spectrum Fusion Wings Program. With the help of Spectrum Fusion, Nick aced his final class and now holds an Associate’s Degree in Global Perspectives. After earning his Associate’s, Nick volunteered to lead Spectrum Fusion’s new health initiatives called ‘Healthy Fusion’ and ‘Power Fusion’, designed to help adults on the Spectrum embrace healthy eating and living habits, and be more active. Nick jumped at the opportunity to use his fitness expertise to help others. However, Nick was eager to expand his activities in the field of physical fitness and one day truly turn it into a career. Unsure how to go about this, he joined a personal training certification course. The course proved to be more challenging than first expected, requiring advanced knowledge of anatomy and other exercise sciences, but on October 20, 2020, Nick passed the final exam and earned his ACE Personal Training Certification. Encouraged after completing such a milestone accomplishment, Nick says earning his certificate has helped him to feel ready to accomplish a lot more. Finding a job has been a difficult prospect during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but through Nick’s perseverance, he has already found an opportunity to put his new certification to use. In January of 2021, Nick was recommended by multiple parties to become a personal fitness trainer at LA Fitness Richmond location through Spectrum Fusion’s Reactor Room Program. One activator was Dan Vasquenza from Georgia who used to work for the Atlanta Hawks and the other was Richard Leach from Leach & Minnick law firm. The first connection didn’t go through but it was a great practice interview and the second was a winner! After shadowing under his mentor Andre for a week, Nick is now employed as a professional fitness trainer. JT is the lead trainer and he is impressed with Nick’s attention to detail and his dedication to the team. Nick is excited to explore further opportunities in the field of physical fitness, and he is considering returning to college at some point to complete his Bachelor’s Degree. For now, Nick is proud of the accomplishments he’s made and is ready to take the fitness world by storm and soar to new heights. Source: Spectrum Fusion
  3. I feel inadequate next to the achievements of the second writer. :-(
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    Did last year's Autscape go ahead in a virtual format?
  5. Not mentioned as such. I'm currently reading The Librarian by Salley Vickers.
  6. We Do Things Differently: The outsiders rebooting our world by Mark Stevenson
  7. Debussy, Danse sacrée et danse profane
  8. I wonder if Robyn is aware of the Open Up Music initiative, aiming to make orchestras more accessible to young disabled people? It was founded by Barry Farrimond, who plays Ed Grundy in The Archers. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000mqp6
  9. And more germane to the current situation: Grants Online / Coronavirus
  10. I'm already on Facebook, LinkedIn, WhatsApp and Slack ... I can't handle any more social media!
  11. I recently found this reading list which may be helpful: Essential autistic reading list - Lizzie Huxley-Jones
  12. What's "speed friending"? Sounds like a contradiction in terms.
  13. Tuesday 1 September at 09:00 on Radio 4; repeated at 21:30 Francesca Happé on autism The Life Scientific When Francesca Happé started out as a research psychologist thirty years ago, she thought she could easily find out all there was to know about autism – and perhaps that wouldn’t have been impossible as there were so few papers published on it. Francesca’s studies have increased our knowledge of how people with autism experience the world around them, and their social interactions. She’s looked at their brains using various imaging techniques, studied the families of people with autism to explore their genetics, and raised awareness of how the condition can appear differently in women than in men. Jim al-Khalili talks to Francesca, now Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience in London, about her research career and her current projects, including how people with autism experience mental health issues, such as PTSD.
  14. I've been working full-time for the duration of the lockdown (my job was already set up for working for home). This I know makes me one of the more fortunate ones, but it has meant that I haven't enjoyed the massive increase in free time that other people are apparently experiencing. Nor have I got to know my neighbours any better. I live in a top floor flat and I don't even know how many other people are in the building. Physically I've been fine, apart from initially suffering sore hands from the frequent washing and (in the last month) somehow straining an abductor hip muscle which makes some yoga poses painful. In fact I've shed 4 kg. Amazing what a difference the absence of vending machines, colleagues' birthday cakes and samosa sales have made! My greatest achievement was to land two job offers last month: one for an internal promotion I'd been interviewed for back in mid-March (the last time I ever shook hands with anyone) and one with a different employer, an energy consultancy. I've decided to go for the latter. I'm still officially with my current employer until 29 June and am now using up my annual leave. Too bad there's not much I can do with it.
  15. What about virtual meetups? That's all we're advised to do in the current circumstances.
  16. I wouldn't rule out someone on the autistic spectrum being capable of being a TV chef. In fact, I could see how someone who struggles with social situations finding solace in the physicality of handling food and the rule-driven procedure of a recipe. Working in a noisy restaurant kitchen could be a challenge for someone with auditory sensitivities, but on the other hand some might find the blunt style of communication used by chefs easier than that used by office workers where you're expected to work out what people actually mean. That said, I don't think Jamie Oliver is autistic. Not simply because of how he comes across as a presenter, because as Chris Packham has showed it's possible to develop a separate persona as a performer. I just think we would surely have heard about it by now if he were. Given how open he's been about his dyslexia diagnosis, it would seem out of character to keep an autism diagnosis secret. Nor do I think it likely that he would be autistic and unaware of it, because he would surely have learnt about it via his children. Although there wasn't as much awareness of autism when he received his dyslexia diagnosis in the 90s, I'm sure he would quick to notice if any of his children (how many does he have? 4? 5?) were dyslexic and be rooting for them to get all the assessments they need, including all associated conditions.
  17. In addition to the Meetup groups I have already mentioned there is the Autism One on One group which meets on the second Wednesday of every month between 18:30 and 20:30 at the Kenilworth Sports & Social Club. Apparently they've been in existence since before I moved to the area, but they only advertise their presence on Facebook and are not included in the NAS directory.
  18. Or this little gem from Host Unusual: Kudhva George "Amazing Spaces" Clarke would approve of this.
  19. Alex from the last series talks about his Undateables experience from 10 minutes in...
  20. (Not written by me) Autism to ADHD: thinking differently about recruitment Despite having much to offer, neurodiverse people can struggle to land a job. Some firms are now looking at new ways to tap into their talents By Georgina Fuller Mon 3 Feb 2020 The term “diversity and inclusion” has become ubiquitous in the corporate world yet neurodiverse people – those with autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyspraxia or dyslexia – are often overlooked. One in seven people are "neurodivergent", according to ACAS. Despite this, a recent study by the CIPD found that seven in 10 businesses ignored their own neurodiversity policy. Neurodiverse people can, however, often bring a dazzling array of skills and an alternative perspective to the workplace. Those with ADHD, for example, could have the ability to “hyper focus” and excel when working to tight deadlines. People with autistic spectrum disorder may have the ability to concentrate for long periods of time and be supremely reliable. And those with dyslexia might have strong verbal skills. Some employers have realised that standard recruitment methods, such as panel interviews, might not work as well for neurodiverse people: Ernst and Young, BT and Siemens all have programmes for neurodivergent employees. Consumer goods giant P&G has recently launched an apprenticeship programme in conjunction with the National Autistic Society (NAS) for its innovation sector. Emma O’Leary, who oversees the programme, says: “To attract different thinkers, your approach needs to be different. The traditional method of verbal-based interviews is very limiting if social communication is a challenge.” While the programme focuses on those with autism, P&G encourages anyone with a neurodivergent condition to apply. “So far, between the UK and Boston, P&G have had more than 50 people attend the assessment day, and 11 employees progressing on to internships,” O’Leary says. Liz Johnson, co-founder of The Ability People, a disability inclusion consultancy, says there are a number of measures employers can take to make apprenticeship schemes more accessible. “They include: training interviewers to allow neurodiverse candidates to perform at their best; eliminating jargon in job descriptions; explicitly stating you welcome neurodiverse candidates; and completing desk assessments for new joiners, so they don’t experience sensory overload.” Having a more neurodiverse workforce can help employers reflect the different needs and outlooks of their customers, Johnson adds. “The extra insight they gain will help them adapt their products so they best serve the needs of their whole customer base.” Emma Kearns, head of Enterprise and Employment at the NAS points out that only 16% of autistic people are currently estimated to be in full-time employment. “Most autistic people are desperate to find a job that reflects their talents but the recruitment process, with unpredictable questions, is often a huge barrier.” Ultimately, says Johnson, employers need to realise that failing to recruit and include neurodiverse people can mean missing out on new ways of thinking and untapped talent. “And in the incredibly competitive world of business this isn’t something any company can afford to miss out on.” Source: Guardian
  21. Check her out at the Made by Dyslexia conference - 2 hours 34 minutes in...
  22. Did you make it? "I moved from Scotland to Berlin to bake"
  23. IMVHO I don't see what the point of the upside-down goggles is at all. And for the record, I am much more comfortable with written communication than with engaging and working with other people. Shame there's no special software to help with the latter.
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