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Special Episode – Help Us Help You – Police Autism Forum

An open discussion with parents and police officers about police encounters with individuals on the autism spectrum. Special Panel Helen Taylor, parent/advocate and has a 22 year old son on the spectrum Cyndi Cruz, parent/advocate has a 21 year old son on the spectrum Chief Fred Spagnolo, Jr. – Waterbury Chief of Police Chief Vern Riddick – West Hartford Chief of Police Lieutenant Mike Connolly – Wethersfield – Patrol Division Commander Justin Cruz, self-advocate and college student Chase Taylor, self-advocate and college student Donna Cohen, parent/advocate has a 29 year old daughter diagnosed with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities Mike DeFosses – parent/advocate – two teenage sons on the spectrum Introduction by Chase Taylor Hosted by Helen Taylor and Cyndi Cruz.

 

Episode 20 -Guest Crystal Sacco

Crystal share her story of being a mother of a son on a spectrum which inspired her career in the neurotypical community to make a difference.
Crystal is the mother of a 28 year old son on the autism spectrum. Crystal has over 20 years of working with children and she has worked in the field of Special Education for 10 years. She earned a Bachelors in Early Childhood Studies and is a certified LifeCourse Ambassador. She is also a certified Assistant Psychiatric Technician. Crystal has worked for CONNECTICUT FAMILY SUPPORT NETWORK (CTFSN) for three years as a Family Support Coordinator. She has also currently assumed the role of Family Support Director for CTFSN. Hosts – Chase and Sarah Crew – Jaden and Paul Executive Producer/Video Editor – Helen Taylor

Episode 19 -Guest Social Activist Marcus Boyd!


Marcus Leonardo Boyd shares his journey of raising awareness about Autism, childhood challenges and being the 1st African American 4x award-winning Autism Activist. He is such an inspiration to all!
 
Hosted by Chase and Jaden who are also on the autism spectrum along with Helen Taylor.

Episode 18 -Guest Victoria of www.AKALAKA.org.

Victoria was inspired by becoming the caretaker of her younger sister on the autism spectrum, AKALAKA is a community of support and resources for siblings who care for siblings with intellectual and developmental disabilities, which she began so no one in our community ever feels alone or lost navigating disability services.
Hosted by Chase and Helen Taylor
 
 

Episode 17 -Segment 1: Holly is the mother of three adult children, one is on the Autism Spectrum. She has worked as a long term care nurse . Holly also worked for a year in a group home with the mission to understand what the whole family goes through when their family member moves into a group home. From these experiences (and more), she developed the content of the Vif app. Vif stands for Vital Information at your fingertips.

Segment 2: Beth Lambert, M.S. BCBA, LBA – Parent Beth is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Behavior Analyst (CT and NY) who works with students 3 to 16 years of age at the CREC River Street Autism Program. She received her Master of Science degree from Central Connecticut State University and completed her Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of Saint Joseph. Beth taught middle school language arts and math for ten years before taking a break from her career to raise her sons, one of whom is on the autism spectrum. Beth is a past President of Connecticut Families for Effective Treatment (CT FEAT). Segment 3: The Social Squad – The Social Crew, Sarah, Jaden, Chase and Angel talking about…shows.

 

Episode 16 –Sara Taussik – Director of Programs & Training – Autism Services & Resources is a licensed and Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC) and professional counselor who has been working with the autism population for over 14 years. Her work includes inpatient behavioral health, development & facilitation of social skills training, and teaching special education within the private sector. Being a director at ASRC has fulfilled her passion for educating the public through training educators, first responders, and law enforcement officers. Sara also facilitates social and therapeutic groups at ASRC.

In addition to her commitment to her work at ASRC, Sara has a private counseling practice with a focus on ASD and LGBTQI+ intersectionality. In her spare time, Sara enjoys spending time with her daughter and husband, doing CrossFit, making art, and going on adventures of all kinds.

 

Episode 14 – Great discussion with Jimmy and Sharnae, star couples (married) on the Netflix reality series, “Love on the Spectrum”. They are so wonderful and inspiring. I just loved this interview! Thank you to Skye Cable XIII (www.skye13.com) for the live airing of the show. The Social Chase show is hosted by Chase Taylor (on the autism spectrum) and his mother Helen Taylor. A great discussion about young love, getting married, diagnosis of autism, and navigating autism. At the end there is a special taping of Sharnae singing one of her favorite songs by Miley Cyrus which she sings to help her get through tough times…teaching the power of music.The Social Chase Show is a not-for-profit monthly pay-it-forward show sharing the journeys of autism and special needs and abilities. Executive Producer: Helen Taylor

Episode 13 – Dr. Linda Rammler is a Research Associate at Transition, Postsecondary, and Adult Supports Coordinator Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at UConn Health The Social Chase Ep13 -Skye Cable XIII (due to COVID-19 precautions, the session was not filmed in the studio) Host Chase Taylor We are discussing Adulting on the Spectrum and Special Abilities What is adulting? What can you do independently? Why is it important to get a job and how can you get one? What is social capital and why is it important?​ Executive Producer: Helen Taylor

Episode 12 – David Kearon, Director of Adult Services Autism Speaks -Skye Cable XIII Dave Kearon is Director of Adult Services at Autism Speaks. His work focuses on national initiatives promoting solutions for the needs of autistic people and their families across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan. In recent years, Dave’s has helped to develop an autism-led corporate employment consultancy, an online job search tool for autistic job seekers, and a small business accelerator. Current programs include the Workplace Inclusion Now (WIN) employment training initiative, the development of digital developmental pathways for the transition to adulthood, and a larger employment collaboration with other nonprofits for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities called Delivering Jobs. Hosts: Helen and Chase Taylor Crew: Jaden Recorded at Skye Cable XIII Executive Director and Video Editor: Helen Taylor

 

Episode 11 – Hosts Chase and Sarah talked with Shannon Knall, mom, advocate, and her son Jack sharing the importance of getting involved with your legislatures and the the transition of attending the University of Saint Joseph’s .  

 

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https://www.shannonknalladvocate.com/

The Social Chase hosts Helen and Chase had an open conversation with Dr. Jou and his Yale SPARK team Annie, Cheyanne, and Aniela about the SPARK research program. We discussed the Most Frequently Asked Questions to understand the benefit of the study and how YOU can make a difference in the autism community.

 

As a parent of an individual of a child of the spectrum I have angst about certain studies. I thought I cannot be the only one! I asked Dr. Roger Jou if we can interview him to discuss what people mostly ask about the study and a few of my inquires. We also thank the Arezzini family for sharing their experience participating in the study.

 

  • What is SPARK and why is it important? Who participates in SPARK?
  • How easy is it to participate in SPARK?
  • What is the time commitment?
  • How long before I receive the results?
  • Is it safe to give a saliva sample in the time of COVID-19?

Previous Shows

Episode 7 – Hosts Chase and Ali talked with Judith Ursitti, mom, advocate and the Director of State Government Affairs with Autism Speaks, about the journey with her son Jack who has severe autism, non-verbal and a intellectual disability. Andrew Arboe shares about his experience in learning how to drive and how he advocates for individuals on the spectrum. Andrew Komarow discovered he has autism as an adult and he is helping others on the spectrum with financial knowledge and valuable information about autism on his website

Episode 8-1 – Hosts Chase and Sarah interviewing guest Helen Pappas. Helen shares her passion for photography and inspires us with good advice about self advocating. Helen was also selected for Autism Speaks’ Spectrum Spotlights..
Episode 8-2 – Hosts Chase and Sarah welcome Peter Klein, founder/developer of the LetsBeSocial101.com. Peter was inspired to start his own website to help others find resources and activities for individuals with special needs. Peter is also a Special Olympics athlete.
Episode 9 – Hosts Chase and Sarah interview Audra Mae Talbot. Audra is a mother of two children who are autistic, military wife and an autism advocate.
Episode 10 – Hosts Chase and Sarah The Social Chase Episode 10 with Guests Meghan Cave, M.Ed. BCBA LBA (CT) and Justyna Balzar, M.Ed. BCBA LBA (CT),founders of The Hangout Spot, LLC.