Read an in-depth description of the LTO Ventures community model here.
The Nevada Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders is developing a 5-year plan for addressing autism in the State, and has issued a Call for Subcommittee Participation [read/download flier]. The initiative was introduced at the May 2, 2014 Commission meeting [read/download proposal]. The new plan will build on the findings and recommendations of the 2008 Autism Task Force, with near-term and full-term goals. The Commission emphasized its desire to have self advocates and parent advocates lead the plan development effort.
Video of the housing panel moderated by Mark Olson at the 2014 FRED Conference in Los Angeles [WATCH VIDEO]
We are pleased to announce the addition of two new members of the LTO Ventures board of directors. Angela and Jenai bring extensive experience to our team.
Angela is a parent of two young children including a daughter with a moderate level of autism and developmental delays. She is President of Hand Over Hand, a non-profit organization focused on bringing all-inclusive playgrounds to Southern Nevada. Angela has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from California State Polytechnic University, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has 11 years of experience as an auditor for the gaming industry and local government.
Jenai is a social worker with several years experience in community development. She has more than 10 years experience working directly with families and more than four years experience developing and managing housing programs. She takes pride in being a part of the Airmount Woods development team in Ramsey, NJ, along with other special needs housing communities including award-winning Orchard Commons and Crescent Commons. Jenai has a BSW degree from Dominican College and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Fordham University, with a concentration in Client-centered Management.
Today, my daughter and the inspiration for LTO Ventures, Lindsay, turns 18. She is now one of the more than 50,000 kids with autism who reach adulthood every year. And we’re asking for your help. [Read article]
See the latest report from Sen. Harkin’s HELP committee. We don’t agree with all of Harkin’s positions re: persons with disabilities, but the Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Act to be introduced by Sen. Harkin could be very interesting. We’ve believed the US DOT’s Disabled Business Enterprise (DBE) designation should apply more broadly to include adults with autism and we look forward to reading the legislation to see if it accomplishes that. http://bit.ly/19ipLfI
I originally posted this comment July 18, 2013 on a Disability Scoop article [here]. The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee report is linked within the article, or you can click here to access it.
Mark Olson, LTO Ventures President & CEO, will be one of the presenters on the Residential Roundtable: Spectrum of Possibilities-A Discussion of Housing and Funding Options at this year’s AutismOne/Generation Rescue Conference. The session will be held 1:45-6pm on Saturday, May 25th in the Avedon A/B room of the Intercontinental Chicago O’Hare Hotel. The session chair is Cathy Purple Cherry, and other presenters are Dan Burns, Peg Pickering and Diane Belnavis.
The roundtable will allow participants to further discuss federal and state legislative, funding and housing goals and hurdles introduced during Mrs. Cherry’s presentation. Discuss action that can be taken to initiate the changes desperately needed to ensure the greater availability of successful housing options for the transitioning ASD population.
Coverage about LTO Ventures and our Autism Entrepreneurs Center in the Jan. 22, 2013 issue of the Las Vegas Review Journal VIEW newspaper.
Our Autism Entrepreneurs Center kicked off its first meeting on Jan. 10th to an overflow group of 30 people parents and their young adults with autism or Aspergers. They had similar issues and were enthusiastic about what we plan to accomplish. Among the attendees were individuals interested in careers as an accountant, working in computers and technical problem-solving, becoming a physical therapist, and working in the fire alarm business. The mission of our Center is to give ASD adults the specific guidance, tools and resources they need to create, launch and run their own businesses. [MORE] [PRESS RELEASE]