Dr. Teri Krakovich interviews Rachelle Vartanian, Founder of Living and Learning, LLC, on this episode of the Autism Quality of Life podcast! Rachelle founded a center for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and they specialize in working with teens and young adults! Living and Learning, LLC offers social and vocational skills programs and employment opportunities for individuals on the spectrum!
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In this episode, Dr. K. interviews Derek Volk. Derek is a businessman, Autism advocate, volunteer, philanthropist, softball coach, and author, who resides in Maine with his family. Derek published Chasing the Rabbit: A Dad’s Life Raising a Son on the Spectrum, and shares his personal experiences raising a son who is on the Autism spectrum. Both Derek, and his son, Dylan, write about the challenges, triumphs and coping strategies from the early days to the adolescent years, to life in the “real world” when Dylan is a young adult. Their book showcases the unique relationship between a father and his son, who has spent his entire life "chasing the rabbit".
This episode is about life-course services for individuals with disabilities, including ASD. Kylee Hope, Director of the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) of Indiana is interviewed by host, Dr. Teri Krakovich. Kylee shares about her experiences as Director of DDRS in Indiana, as well as what it is like being a sibling of an adult on the spectrum!