Make The VIP Connection
Welcome to the Verge of Independence Project: Multimedia Autism Advocacy (VIP), a Neurodiversity Culture using multimedia to promote the independence, self-advocacy, and social confidence of autistic adults 18+ years old!
"Did you know that nearly 800,000 young adults in the U.S. identify as an autistic person or a person with autism?" Click on the
About Autism, page to learn more about autism and resources.
Established in 2009, the VIP community supports adult individuals on the spectrum in discovering that Connections Matter. You, too, can make the connection by exploring this resourceful site.
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Step into the empowerment zone ...
With a pulse on what it takes for one to transition into adulthood, VIP focuses on the following empowerment platforms:
Pictured: Center - Dr. Temple Grandin with Verge of Independence Project founders
Voting – It’s absolutely your right … as a young adult challenged by autism, voting empowers you to advocate for yourself. It is also the gateway to having positive outcomes on other key platforms that impact you.
Health and Wellness/Therapy – As impaired communication is the common thread of people on the autism spectrum, individualized therapy is essential in developing one’s ability to communicate effectively.
Work – Explore jobs/careers that provide diversity and inclusion and create mutual benefit for both you and your employer. Congress designated each October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
Education – Learn about preparations for postsecondary education as well as other options for learning differently. Check out these scholarships that you might qualify for: Scholarships for students with ASD.
Socialization – Everyone deserves to be happy! And, according to Dr. Temple Grandin, an animal scientist and author who is on the autism spectrum, “The happiest people on the spectrum socialize with others who have some shared interests.”
VIP ZONE Podcast - Episode 1 on Rules of the Red Rubber Ball
In seeking solutions to many of the problems that are unique to people on the spectrum, VIP is committed to presenting webcast and podcast interviews, featuring influential thought leaders. These interviews will be posted here on the VIP Zone page.
We invite you to listen to the exciting podcast interview with Kevin Carroll, author of his bestselling Rules of the Red Rubber Ball. The high-energy Carroll talks about finding and sustaining one's life's work and the development of one's independence. Overall, he encourages listeners to claim, nurture, and live out their dreams!