Inclusion at Work

headerimg_homeBuddies@Work is a national program for individuals 18-26 who are on the autism spectrum, or who have social and communication challenges.

A person’s job is important for many reasons. Your job can help you learn new things, and reveal some of your natural talents. Your job can help others learn a lot about you, and it’s often a conversation starter. Sometimes people spend more time with their co-workers than with their own families. Many people build lifelong friendships and professional networks through their jobs.

Buddies@Work will plan and partake in activities for participants at the J’s Adult Day Center. In addition, Buddies will gain other pre-vocational skills, lift their self-esteem and develop a sense of purpose within their community.

Local programs are scheduled for Wednesdays from 3:00–5:00 pm beginning in January 2015. For more information, contact Lyndsey Hartmann directly at 314–442–3294 or

For more information on workplace inclusion, safety, and training programs through CAN, contact us.

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SSD Parent Advisory Council

Please join us at 6:30pm on Wednesday, December 10th, for the opportunity to meet and connect with other parents (& ENJOY HOLIDAY COOKIES!) prior to our December Parent Advisory Council meeting.

If you like us, please consider staying for our meeting to learn about the plans and activities of the SSD Anti-Bullying Committee. Parents will be asked to provide feedback and complete a survey.

Wednesday, December 10th
6:30pm: Meet & Connect with other parents
7-9pm: Parent Advisory Council meeting re: Bullying
SSD Central Offices – Main Boardroom
12110 Clayton Road
Town & Country, MO 63131

Please note that there will NOT be a meeting of the Policy Committee meeting this month.

PAC Executive Committee
Karen Kickham, President (Ferguson-Florissant)
Maria Hughes, Vice President (Ladue)
Rob Castle, Recording Secretary (Rockwood)
Alex Taylor, Parliamentarian (Mehlville)
Stacy Zobrist, Corresponding Secretary (Lindbergh)

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CAN Radio Program

ICAARadio newsWe would like to thank everyone for your feedback about the CAN Radio program. New episodes are released each week. We receive many requests about the show. The CAN Radio program is created, produced, written, and hosted by volunteers. The show reaches a wide listening audience, with episodes available on demand. The show also serves as an internship opportunity for people on the spectrum to gain valuable experience and skills. In the beginning, the show was called ICAA Radio and it quickly earned a featured status on the host network thanks to amazing guests, listeners, and the efforts of our volunteers. CAN Radio topics include education, resources, news, entertainment, current events, pop culture, advocacy and social issues. Episodes feature honest, straight–shooting dialogue which sometimes may not be suited for all listeners. Most of our show volunteers are passionate about the topics at hand, and contribute to the show out of a heartfelt desire to make meaningful contributions. Episodes will generally have a rating and short description. For additional information check it out at the show site.
We currently have a wait list for internships but we are working to expand this program to allow more opportunities. Stay tuned.

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