Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month, which highlights the challenges, conditions and recent research surrounding this developmental disability. More than 3.5 million Americans live with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Autism encompasses a distinct group of complex developmental disabilities. Symptoms can range from   very mild to severe, including difficulty with social behavior, communication deficits, fixated interests, and/or repetitive behavior.

Fast Facts

  • Approximately 1 in 68 children (1 in 42 for boys, and 1 in 189 for girls) is diagnosed with ASD in the United States.
  • A diagnosis of ASD now includes several conditions that used to be diagnosed separately: autistic disorder, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), and Asperger syndrome. These conditions are now all called autism spectrum disorder.
  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism
  • ASD affects children of all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.
  • ASD can be reliably diagnosed by age 2.

For more information on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), click here.

More than 3.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder. Thirty-five percent of young adults (ages 19-23) with autism have not had a job or gone on to secondary education. Studies have shown that steady employment can help ease symptoms and improve functioning in daily living. Individuals with ASC can often make excellent employees due to their careful attention to detail and quality of work. They just need to be given the opportunity.

At PRIDE Industries, we are committed to making the adult years of individuals with disabilities as independent and fulfilling as possible – by providing an opportunity for something that many take for granted, the chance to be employed. Learn more about our People Services, click here.

Spotlight On: JC, Intern with PRIDE Industries at Fort Bliss

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Juan Carlos (JC) Cordova is a student with a disability at El Paso Community College. Luis Miranda, Rehab Counselor with PRIDE at Fort Bliss, and Cynthia Baca, AbilityOne Program Recruiter with PRIDE Industries at Ft. Bliss, met him when speaking at the college about opportunities at PRIDE. JC needed to complete intern hours toward his graduation goals. After speaking with his parents and teachers, Luis and Cynthia arranged for him to intern with PRIDE Industries at Ft. Bliss.

Juan Carlos is getting his degree in Information Technology. For many individuals with Autism in particular, technical careers offer a good match for individuals who possess attributes like dogged focus, accuracy, and obsessive attention to detail. Since social environments can be challenging, accommodations may be required, but industry is waking up to the potential of individuals like JC. He works along with our own Kenneth Parris on anything from installing speakers for meetings, repairing computers, installing technology devices for employees, to updating computers at all shops.

JC would welcome the opportunity to work as an employee of PRIDE in the future. He is working hard to prove himself through his attendance and dedication. He is happy and eager to get to work each day. His supervisors report that JC is responsible, a quick learner, and is always willing to work on any task given to him.

He also makes a mean superhero! The IT department at PRIDE – Fort Bliss came to work as the Avengers for Halloween – with JC as the genius creator, Ironman!

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