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  • Letters to ‘Trent’, ‘Ginni’ and ‘You’: Three Simple Actions for ASD Employment (2/17/2015) - Dear Trent, Ginni, and You: Did you know it is advantageous for companies to hire people with autism? Many organizations have financial and capital plans, yet staffing plans to include people with autism can become part of a company’s Quality Strategic Planning. Approximately 85% of individuals with autism are unemployed or have been hired and terminated from their job because of an unsuitable job match. They likely had a job that did not draw from their strengths and capabilities. Additionally,...

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  • Letters to Trent, Ginni, and You: Autism and Emotional Self Acceptance (2/13/2015) -       To Trent, Ginni, and You, I conclude based upon my endeavors in assisting young adults with autism or Aspergers for career preparation and emotional strengths, each one of you has a flare of magnificence. Know that any mistakes you have made or past failures from stepping out to take a risk, lack of others’ understanding, or any limitations, these do not have the power to define you. Regardless of how your peers may have treated you, you...

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  • Insights on Interdependence (2/12/2015) -   “Interdependence is a higher value than independence.”  the late Steven Covey, American Educator lebanon .
  • Letters to Trent, Ginni, and You: Life Doesn’t Make Sense Without (2/9/2015) - Dear Trent, Ginni, and You, Connected, contributing, and relying on others make life worth living. Consider this quote, “Life doesn’t make any sense without interdependence. We need each other, and the sooner we learn that, the better for us all.”  Erik Erikson Peace comes to Trent when he is enjoying his life as a whole, interdependently, some examples, setting up his new art studio, riding his bike, or making a b-day cake for me. He can’t do any of these...

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  • Letters to Trent, Ginni, and You: Interdependence) (2/8/2015) - Dear Trent, Ginni, and You. For a couple of years now, I have stopped using the term ‘independence.’ Why? Because independence places a high standard on a person’s ability to perform, thus, a ‘do it yourself’ message. Personally, I saw so much more, ‘taking part’ and ‘personal experiences’ occurred with Trent when looking from the perspective of ‘interdependence’ than ‘independence’. I love Joni’s perspective on ‘interdependence’. “I have an interesting perspective on depending on others. I think it gives people...

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  • Letters to Trent, Ginni, and You- To accept change (2/7/2015) - To Accept Change is to Adapt, to grow, to move forward toward your goals. Dr. Jacquelyn Marquette ASD Career and Life Consultant About this Blog. These are my letters written to Trent, my middle son who has autism and Ginni a girl Trent once knew. Although we don’t know who she is, Trent writes her name in every single painting he has created since 2002. Ginni represents people who live with an ASD. And ‘You’ includes anyone who has a family...

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  • Letters to Trent, Ginnie and You- Believe that you deserve to belong (2/7/2015) - Dear Trent, Ginni, and You, I believe everyone deserves a place to belong. Know that you have a basic human right to have something to live for each day. “I believe that you deserve relationships where you can be your whole self, your real self, the self that doesn’t have it all figured out, the self that makes mistakes, the self that hates itself sometimes. I believe that you deserve people who will see your whole self and accept you...

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  • Letters to Trent, Ginni, and You: ASD Strengths and Results of Independent Study (2/3/2015) - Leading edge researchers on ‘strengths’ claim that it is difficult for any of us to name our strengths, and quite often we see our best abilities when someone else points them out to us. A number of years ago, I was in a meeting, and the speaker asked us to write down 5 things we do best. Most of us froze in place. Why? Because I think most people are not used to talking about what they do well. In...

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  • Letters to Trent, Ginni and You (Recognize How You Feel, ASD) (1/15/2015) - Blog: January 15, 2015 Dear Trent & Ginni, and You Have you ever had a day with a lot of change going on, positive or difficult and then felt all frustrated and anxious inside? You may or may not have known why you were grumpy or restless. At times you may feel like you could explode. Others around you then may have asked you numerous questions like “what is up with you”? or “what is going on”?  “Try to tell...

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  • A Blog: Letters to Trent, Ginni, and You (Say when the cost is too high) (1/5/2015) - Dear Trent, Ginni, and You, Say When the Cost is Too High Pursuing a career goal such as a specific musical talent or a particular mathematic strength in a vocation that is the right match for you is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. The talents of some individuals with ASD that I have had the privilege to know or work with include: a young man playing beautiful songs of American Standards on piano for...

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  • Inter-Dependence. Disability. Autism. Blog (12/31/2014) - Just because a person has autism does not mean that regressive signs of behavior (for example OCD, self hitting) are always caused by medical conditions. Do check out the medical search. AND go beyond to ask questions, “Is Roger being engaged throughout the day?” or “Is Sally having opportunities to exercise and get fresh air?” “Is John participating in community settings with purpose such as shopping for his personal hygiene products?” So many of my clients did not have opportunities...

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  • Blog: Letters to Trent, Ginni, and You. A Blog about Autism, and Living Life (12/31/2014) - In this upcoming New Year, I believe that 2015 will be one of growth, potential, and happiness for each one of us: including adults with autism: our sons, daughters, students, siblings, clients, employees, neighbors, community members, artists, and college students. Did I miss anyone? In the midst of 2014 tragic events occurred to persons with autism within our communities, my outlook is still one of hope and belief in the human spirit. In this blog, I want to share and...

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  • A Dream with Adversity (11/24/2014) - I want to thank all of you for watching the video I made of Trent painting. Behind the 4 minute production, it required many months to tape Trent painting and then many hours and days to learn how to edit, but I wanted to capture for Trent’s patrons how he paints. If you want to see it go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ve78PEyClw4&list=UUabIJkgaF3YB0B-yThV2Aeg I received many positive messages and emails from people who saw the video. Many of you have known us throughout all the...

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  • I Am Interested in Connecting and Building Business Relationships (10/28/2014) - I am very interested in connecting and building business relationships. I can fill a need with my Capability Approach Model and tools. I offer a unique strength approach for individuals with ASD and careers that I designed based on my 100 case studies over the past decade. I am currently validating the The Marquette Strengths and Career Index to connect their best strengths with careers. I found a blend of key components that can reduce social anxiety for greater effectiveness...

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  • Art for Expression: Screened at the Golden Door International Film Festival, 2014 (10/27/2014) - The film, Art for Expression was accepted at the Golden Door International Film Festival (GDIFF) in September 16-21, 2014. This Emmy nominated film of 2014 produced by Valerie Trimble, filmmaker with the Kentucky Educational Television (KET) was made about Trent Altman, visual artist. Trent is a member of the Kentucky Arts Council (now for 13 years) and an internationally awarded artist: The United Nations Autism Awareness Stamp, 2012, Internationally People’s Award, 2013, winning visual artist among applicants from 17 countries...

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  • ASD, DD, and Careers (6/5/2014) - Most young adults are lost when it comes to finding the right fit for a job and the right supports to keep a job. Many do not want to disclose a disability and I understand the reasons why. Moving from a place of uncertainty and existence to the unknown is stressful for this group and their families. ‘Design Awareness’ can get the ball rolling. Design in its simplest form is the activity of creating solutions after a real evaluation of...

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  • Strengths and Pleasure (6/4/2014) - Many young adults with ASD including disabilities never make progress in transition to career outcomes because of many reasons. One reason is that we [educational programs] leave out that which should be emphasized…designing life goals around individualized strengths. Why strengths? Utilizing strengths produces a pleasurable feeling. More pleasure comes from making progress toward goals than achieving them. Thus the lesson becomes, when one uses a strength, he or she feels pleasure p. 3 These topics and more are in the...

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  • ASD Successes May 6, 2014 (The Capability Approach) (5/6/2014) - Much of what is discussed in the media is an emphasis on failures and bad news about topics around ASD.  There are successes and good news. What would happen if we recognized and celebrated good things that happen to people with ASD?
  • The Capability Approach: Moving through Social Adversity with ASD and DD (5/5/2014) - [This blog is intended for individuals with ASD, their families, and people who advocate on their behalf. Most importantly, it is intended for those in policy-making and program development]   Social Skills training for individuals with ASD and DD doesn’t work. So why are there still so many programs inventing time and money into it? As teens mature into adulthood, they are likely to fear and have uncertainty in managing and enjoying social settings. Therefore they avoid them altogether. Participants...

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  • Capability Approach Technique and inspiration: May 30 (5/1/2014) -   Relationships are all there is… Nothing exists in isolation. We have to stop pretending we are individuals that can go it alone. – Margaret J. Wheatley