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Lending library

Here are some of the books we have available for you to borrow. Come to our next meeting and check them out:

Guides and Discussions

• Preparing for Life: The Complete Guide for Transitioning to Adulthood for those with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. Author: Dr. Jed Baker.

• Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence: Helping Preteens and Tees Get Ready for the Real World. Author: Teresa Bolick, Ph.D.

• An Anthropologist on Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales. Includes chapter on author’s interview with Temple Grandin. Author: Oliver Sacks.

• What Is My Mother Doing To Me? A Teenager’s Journey To Recovered Health Through Biomedical Interventions. Author: Andrew Luke Zimmerman.

• Aquamarine Blue: 5 Personal Stories of College Students with Autism. Editor: Dawn Prince-Hughes.

• Special Needs Trust: A Guide for Trustees Administration Manual. Editor: Barbara D. Jackins, et. al.

• Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships: Decoding Social Mysteries Through the Unique Perspectives of Autism. Authors: Dr. Temple Grandin, Sean Barron.

Memoirs

• Parallel Play. Author: Tim Page.

Fiction

• House Rules. Author: Jodi Picoult.

• Look Me In the Eye: My Life With Asperger’s. Author: John Elder Robison.

Motivating your kid

Thanks to all who attended today’s meeting at Kahala Mall.

We had a miscue with the movie-going, but we’ll have another young adults’ activity next month. Look for details under Coming Events in days to come.

It was great to meet with other parents and discuss the challenges of parenting, including parenting college students who go to school on the Mainland.

One of our hot button topics is motivation: how to prompt young adults to go out, join a club, invite a friend over, look for a job.

Rick Lavoie, a special needs/disabilities expert, has a series of videos on YouTube that dissect what motivates students and give solid tips on motivating them. Search YouTube.com for Rick Lavoie and look for the nine Motivation Breakthrough videos based on his new book. Here’s one:

EMPLOYMENT

Carlo Erhardt passes on this link to Ticket to Work, which helped his son. The program is open to those with SSI:
http://www.ssa.gov/redbook/eng/ssdi-and-ssi-employments-supports.htm#5

WORTH READING

Building on Success Works
http://blog.govdelivery.com/usodep/2010/10/building-on-success-works.html

Conference addresses autism
http://www.projo.com/education/content autism_conference_10-28-10_6QKJUJ5_v53.1ebfec0.html

I’m Right Here: Rudy Simone on Life as an “Aspergirl” – Includes resources for Aspie girls.
http://blogs.plos.org/neurotribes/2010/10/27/im-right-here-rudy-simone-on-life-as-an-aspergirl/

QUOTE TO PONDER

“Kindness is so essential to our survival,” said Matthew Carriuolo. “It can make people feel loved … safe, welcome and valued…”. — Carriuolo, a 2005 Brown University graduate and a physics teacher and tutor who, at age 27, was recently diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome.

About us

Back in March 2009, several Hawaii families with children diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome met to discuss the yawning gap in services for teens and young adults moving from high school to college, college to the workplace and home to independent living.

Their children needed social skills training to make friends and maintain work relationships. They needed more help with college than was available on many campuses. And they worried how their children would transition from living with their families to living on their own.

From those parent-to-parent sessions rose the the Hawaii Young Adults in Transition support group for families and their young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome and other high-functioning developmental disabilities. HYAIT (we pronounce it HI-YAT) is a group of families who are focused on finding and developing services and opportunities for those with high-functioning autism and other learning or developmental disabilities.

They are organizing to advocate for the kinds of supports the children need to succeed in college, the workplace and independent living. If you have a family member with Asperger’s or other high-functioning developmental disability, join us on our mission: to ensure Hawaii’s young adults live full, contributing lives regardless of their disabilities.