NYTimes: The Autistic Advantage

In 2003, Thorkil Sonne started a company called Specialisterne (Danish for “the specialists”) “on the theory that, given the right environment, an autistic adult could not just hold down a job but also be the best person for it.” Specialisterne now employs 35 high-functioning autistic workers and is looking to expand into North America.

In an excellent piece, the NYTimes speculates on what this may mean for the modern economy.

InvisAbilities UCalgary Chapter

A Calgary chapter of InvisAbilities – a student-founded and -run organization that promotes awareness, education and support of young adults living with hidden, chronic illness – recently opened.

Among the programs being offered by this new chapter is a buddy program which pairs students who are living with similar illnesses together, building an invaluable peer-to-peer support network.

For more information on the UCalgary chapter, visit the website or send them an e-mail.

Scholarship opportunities with the Lime Network and BMO

The Lime Network and BMO have teamed up to offer two great scholarship opportunities to students with disabilities who are enrolled in a full-time post-secondary program.

The BMO/Lime Connect Equity Through Education Scholarship offers US$10,000 or CDN$5,000 to undergraduate and graduate students at universities in the U.S. or Canada who are continuing studies in Fall 2013.

The BMO/Lime Connect Scholarship & Internship
Program for Students with Disabilities
gives selected scholars CDN$2,500 to support future studies and a paid internship position (running May-August 2013) at a BMO branch in Canada.

The deadline for application for both opportunities is Midnight PST on Sunday, December 16. For more information on eligibility requirements and how to apply, visit the respective links above.

Disclosing during the job search

If you have finished your studies and are all set to begin the job search process, the question of whether and how to disclose a disability or disabilities to potential employers has perhaps crossed your mind.

In a post on University Affairs, Liz Koblyk of the Centre for Career Action at the University of Waterloo provides some suggestions for navigating this potentially-tricky question. The takeaway: choose your course based on your research into the organization and your own stance regarding disclosure.

Liz is planning a follow-up post in a few weeks time on disclosing in the interview and once you are on the job, so be sure to bookmark the site.

Updated list of Adult AD/HD Intervention Groups

In September, we highlighted CanLearn’s intensive Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Intervention Group for adult’s with ADHD.

A new round of programs is set to begin in January – for more information, consult this poster.

Want a bit more information on the group? Check out the FAQ.
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