The Importance of Self-Advocacy

We are so proud of Taylor, our Residential Manager, who won the Utah Developmental Disabilities Council Self-Advocate of the Year Award! Here is a link to the video shown to announce his award.

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NextWork presenting at Scenic View Autcon!

Scenic View is the place for autists to be this weekend! A conference for autists, by autists, with only a few NTs running around. NextWork will be presenting there as well, featuring our Residential Manager, Taylor Walters. Here’s a link to the bio and description of our presentation. https://www.svacademy.org/autcon.html Just keep scrolling down until you find Taylor. Choose your Hard One of the things we like to do at NextWork is choose a theme for each quarter. We’ll be combining a few of our themes from the past year in our presentation–Choose Your Hard, and Growth Mindset. Taylor is always reading something to lift him and stretch him

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The History of NextWork

The history of NextWork probably begins with the modern history of autism (about the last 30 years), and evolves as autism evolved in the late 90’s, when the number of diagnoses seemed to triple overnight. My daughter was diagnosed in 1997, when she was five years old. It took two years to get that diagnosis, and there were still people who had no idea what autism was. Prior to this diagnosis, I was told she was developmentally delayed–PDD-NOS. We tried diets and enzymes and fish oils and were on the cutting edge of Applied Behavior Analysis, because back then, everyone was looking for a cause and a cure.

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