Greetings, and welcome to the August 2011 issue of the ARI Adults with ASD eBulletin. My name is Andrew Nelson, and I am proud to be serving as Associate Editor. I am a Positive Behavior Support Trainer with the West Virginia Autism Training Center at Marshall University and have the pleasure and honor of working with individuals with autism across the lifespan. Through this work I am often able to walk side-by-side with adults with ASD as they navigate the challenging world of adult services.
The need for innovative adult supports and initiatives is evident. In this issue of the eBulletin we wanted to feature programs and people who are breaking new ground, in an attempt to raise the scope and quality of services for adults with ASD. Valerie Paradiz provides an inspiring profile of Linda Walder Fiddle and the Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation's Signature Programs for adults with autism spectrum conditions. Ellen Rosenthal and Rebecca Hansen share their story about one university's effort to help students with Asperger syndrome transition from high school to college. Finally, in our third feature article, Susan Lesco offers a report on employment concerns and newly emerging programs for adults with Asperger syndrome in a New York City based organization.
We hope the following articles featuring unique directions and progressive thinking in adult services will inspire you to seek and create new opportunities for adults with ASD in your communities.