Last month, we witnessed the community giving back to those on the autism spectrum. And this month is no different. From new technology to conferences, there are many individuals out there making strong efforts to shed light on autism:

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Google Glasses
It’s amazing what technology can do for people of all walks of life! What we learned this month is that Google Glasses are changing the way the general population understands autism. This piece of technology is one of the more recent tech tools designed to help autistic kids read social cues and understand emotions. For those on the autism spectrum, reading and understanding facial expressions and emotions is difficult – it becomes a challenge in school, at the workplace, and in other areas of their lives.

The way Google Glasses work is through artificial intelligence – it will read the movements and expressions and catalogue them based on the human emotions (such as happy, sad, angry, interested). “A colorful emoji will be projected back to the glass within short moments, and the wearer will see the emotional cue via a small screen on the upper right corner of the glass.”

We couldn’t be happier about new data and technological advances for autism!

Autism Conference in Dallas
The controversy between vaccines and autism is ongoing. This month, Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood is continuing his anti-vaccination crusade in an effort to crack down on possible autism causes. “This conference for parents, professionals and caregivers showcases how implementing a holistic approach and treating the whole individual can ease the medical conditions and behavioral symptoms common in children, adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).” LaHood speaks from personal experience, expressing that vaccines could be partially to blame for autism, saying his son was not born autistic. Although there are critics, he has not given up on his efforts. 

Wantagh Man Raises Money for Autism
We look forward to hearing about autism news in our home state of New York. This month, we learned that a man was raising money for autism in his brother’s name. Jordan Goldman, a lifelong Wantagh resident, had an older autism brother growing up. His name was Steven. His son was also on the autism spectrum. In order to give back to something he cares deeply about, Goldman is raising money for the Autism Science Foundation and will be participating in the 30-mile Wall Street Rides Far bike ride in October. All funding will go to autism research.

Spectrum Strategies is focused on training children and young adults on the Autism Spectrum to accomplish life and career goals, no matter how big or small. Founder of Spectrum Strategies and professional coach Debra Solomon believes that through determination and commitment, every client has the ability to succeed given the proper tools and techniques. For more information about Debra’s coaching practice, visit her on the web.