Julie van der Poel began her career in the IT industry, where over the course of a decade she wrote user documentation and training programs, developed and managed an educational services department, and eventually headed up a marketing team for an internet startup. Her somewhat accidental career shift towards special education came about during her six-year stint as an expat in Europe. Out of necessity, she became a full-time advocate and teaching support for her young son while they lived in Amsterdam. A move to London found Julie working with high school seniors in her son’s special needs school. It was this experience that fueled Julie’s passion for transition issues facing students with developmental and learning disabilities. Upon returning to the United States, Julie became an Independent Living Skills Instructor for postsecondary students. In this role, Julie developed curriculum and taught students everything from money handling and budgeting, to nutrition and household management.
Julie attended Georgia Tech where she earned a B.S. in Management. Julie now resides in Washington, DC with her family and two labradoodles. When she is not writing for Autism After 16, she spends most of her time ensuring that her 16-year-old son with Autism Spectrum Disorder and his exceptionally bright 8-year-old sister are getting appropriate educations.
When you have a kid on the autism spectrum, the first thing people often want to know is where he falls on that scale.
It's time for what has become my somewhat regular installment from the air.
Over the weekend, I read an article in the Washington Post entitled “Seeing a shortfall, parents of autistic kids mobilize.”
This is not the first time I've asked this question, nor am I the only person who has asked, but maybe, dear reader, you are the one that has the answer: Does it really have to be this difficult?
It seems I'm rarely able to sit down and watch TV in "prime time" anymore.
It's Spring Break in our household. While my husband has been away on business, the kids and I are "enjoying" a stay-cation.
While holiday stress is a common phenomenon among many people, the closest we typically get to that around our house is the anticipation of Christmas Eve.
Isn't it delightful when your own words come back to guide you?
My Thanksgiving vacation in Florida was very relaxing and fun.
Every year at Thanksgiving, there comes a moment after dinner when I need to escape.
Cameron traveled to see his father this past weekend. Cameron has been flying independently for a number of years now ...
Last Monday I gave a lecture at Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside, NJ on “Transitioning with Autism from Pediatrics to Adulthood.”
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