Autism has a far and wide reach. Even if it doesn't directly affect you, chances are that it affects someone you know. It came as no surprise to me, then yesterday when I received an email from a colleague which detailed a new educational opportunity starting up at Milwaukee's Discovery World. They have teamed up with Translator Digital Cafe to start a venture entitled "Islands of Brilliance".
As I read the brief of what this collaboration offered I became increasingly excited. They are developing almost the same learning opportunity for Middle and High School students that we are trying to accomplish at Einstein Productions. I have reached out to "Islands of Brillance" in hopes that we can form a partnership as well. Imagine how wonderful it would be for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to graduate from high school and know that they could transition to a career training center that will allow them to expand on skills they already have been developing. It would allow this section of society to realize that they can move into adult life with hope and anticipation for a life similar to their peers.
As a parent, I can tell you that would have been a great feeling, sitting in the auditorium, watching my son cross the stage, and realize he has a chance at a life, owning his own home, celebrating with friends and co-workers as a job well done becomes a shinning moment for his employer.
I look forward to hearing back and will fill you in on any progress we are able to make.
Carole Burns is a multi-media specialist. She is one of the co-founders of Einstein Productions. Carole is the mother of a 24 year old radio mogul and a 21 year old photographer.