SAILS – Supported Academics & Independent Life Skills

SAILS – Supported Academic & Independent Life Skills

SAILS - Supported Academics & Independent Life Skills@ Seattle Central College

SAILS (Supported Academics and Independent Life Skills) at Seattle Central provides academic support services for students with ASD so they can be successful in college.

In collaboration with Student Services, faculty, staff and various college departments, SAILS seeks to facilitate a positive college experience for students with ASD. Our goal is to empower students by creating opportunity and support for their educational success. We encourage independence by teaching students with disabilities to effectively self-advocate in college.

Our premise is the belief is a college experience gives youth access to better job opportunities and independence in adulthood.

Mainstay/SAILS@Seattle Central College
1702 Harvard Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122

Contact Information
Alison McCormick, Director
Mainstay & SAILS at Seattle Central
206-934-5429  D
206-890-7737  C
206-934-5533  Fax
206-934-3813  Reception

Survey re ASD Seniors

Survey re Adult Seniors with Autism

The Autism Research Institute invites you to complete the survey on quality of life issues associated with senior adults on the autism spectrum. We hope the results from this survey will provide much insight about the needs and challenges faced by seniors with autism (ages 50 and older) and their support providers.

We anticipate that this study will also inspire others as well as better inform the autism community, government agencies, and other welfare and health-related organizations about such quality of life issues.

more info: Adult Autism Senior Survey

118 Stories & Counting – Supported Employment

118 Stories & Counting: How Microsoft’s Supported Employment Program Is Helping People


In the Puget Sound, Microsoft’s Real Estate and Facilities group is partnering with vendor employers and employment agencies to create job opportunities for people who experience disabilities.

Watch as four people, along with their families and job coaches, share their stories and discuss the impact this partnership has had on their lives.

See: Microsoft Support Employment video


Genetic switch left in ‘on’ position cause of autism in some children

Genetic switch left in ‘on’ position identified by scientists as likely cause of autism in children

The Independent | Sunday 09 August 2015

A genetic switch left in the “on” position has been identified as a likely cause of autism in some children affected by the developmental disorder, a study has found.

It is the first time that researchers have been able to identify a precise mutation that appears to lead to autism, which is known to have a strong inherited component as well as being influenced by non-genetic factors.

read: A genetic switch left in the “on” position has been identified as a likely cause of autism in some children


July 26th marks the 25th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

ADA 25th Anniversary

The Developmental Disabilities Council and Allies in Advocacy invite you to join us in celebrating the signing of the ADA with the launch of Americans with Disabilities ACT, a short video featuring the powerful voice of disability advocacy here in Washington State.

See Informing Families website

Microsoft announces pilot program

Microsoft announces pilot program to hire people with autism

This week, Microsoft announced another exciting effort, a new pilot program with Specialisterne, focused on hiring people with autism for full-time, Redmond-based Microsoft positions. It’s early days but we’re excited to get going and we know we’ll learn a lot along the way. Why are we so passionate about this space?

read more:


Future Care of Disabled Family Members

Tips for the Future Care of Disabled Family MembersTips for the Future Care of Disabled Family Members

March 27, 2015

New York Times | Your Money

Planning for family members with special needs can be overwhelming, particularly when so many decisions may have lifelong consequences. Beyond figuring out the intricacies of government programs, parents fret over guardianships, how governmental services may erode and what legal documents they need.

read more:


King County School-To-Work | GoWise


King County School to Work Employment Services

Acts as a bridge to facilitate the transition from high school to employment for those students who are clients of the State Developmental Disablilies Administration.

Please follow the links below for important information and directions on how to access King County services.

More info:

See poster (PDF)


Seeking AS individuals to write articles on Positive Experiences

Letter from co-editor of Aspies on Mental Health

Book: Aspies on Mental Health

Looking for Article Contributors:

→ Editor’s NOTE: Deadline Extended until the end of March 2015.

My name is Dean Worton. I am the co-editor of Aspies on Mental Health which I co-edited with Dr Luke Beardon, Senior Lecturer in Autism at Sheffield Hallam University.

We are continuing the book series and looking for adults with Autism/Asperger Syndrome to submit an individual article about something that is positive for them as a person living with Autism/AS for a book entitled ‘Aspies on Positive Experiences’. This could be something they enjoy doing like a hobby, a talent or achievement however big or small or just something they have felt proud of doing.

The book aims to help parents, carers, professionals and of course people with Autism and AS themselves, to appreciate the positive aspects of the condition and some of the great accomplishments of people with Autism and AS, which I am sure that you will agree are far too often overlooked.

We also have a limited number of places left for a book entitled entitled ‘Aspies on Romantic Relationships and Being Single’, which invites articles on any aspect of seeking and maintaining relationships, especially the positive aspects. This is aimed at a similar audience.

We hope to publish late 2015 or early 2016. <see updated date above> I attach an information sheet and sample articles which also provides links to more about my own and Lukes professional backgrounds.

I would be most grateful if you would make the attachments available to members of your Autism social and support groups and networks either by email and/or hard copy as you feel appropriate. Feel free to forward this e-mail to potential contributors.

Contact info:

See samples: (requires a Microsoft Word reader)
Sample – Positive Experiences
Sample – Romantic Relationships
AS Book Series Introduction 2014 edited 7.12.14


Seattle Children’s Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center

Seattle Children’s Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center

Seattle Children’s Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center

Seattle Children’s Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center was created to help meet the important needs of adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or other developmental disabilities as they age out of the education system. The Burnett Adult Life Center hosts year-round classes for adults age 18 or older. Our classes promote lifelong learning, enhance quality of life and provide meaningful ways to take part in the community.

Phone: 425-488-6173
Address: 19213 Bothell Way, Bothell, WA 98011

 KING 5 HealthLink video