Author Archives: Mark L. Olson

About Mark L. Olson

Mark is father to a teenage daughter with autism. After a successful 25-year marketing and business development career in New York and Silicon Valley with F500 leaders and venture-funded startups, he founded LTO Ventures to serve adults with ASD. He chairs the Community Living Subcommittee for the Nevada Autism Commission, and is a graduate of the University of Kansas. For more information, visit: www.linkedin.com/in/marklolson.

Community to Know: The Autism Trust USA

The Autism Trust USA’s focus is on building inspiring, sustainable and real futures for the many children with autism in the USA today, according to their website.  We like their design and philosophy, and their focus on a private pay … Continue reading

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News: Obama Calls For Better Pay For Disability Caregivers

Michelle Diament writing for DisabilityScoop.com today reported: “The Obama Administration is proposing new rules to provide first-ever minimum wage and overtime protections for in-home care workers who assist people with disabilities.”  Read their post here. LTO Ventures supports efforts to … Continue reading

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News: WSJ – Disability Benefits System Faces Review

Damian Paletta writes in today’s Wall Street Journal: “The Social Security Administration has commissioned an independent review of the federal disability system amid concerns it awards benefits to those who don’t deserve them and denies benefits to those who do.” … Continue reading

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Choice v. Olmstead

A new report from LTO Ventures about the debate over Community Living, proposed HCBS Waiver changes, and the impact on housing for adults with Autism. Read the complete “Choice v. Olmstead” report here.

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Website: The Medicaid Reference Desk

A new website (click here) with backing from the federal government is offering a one-stop overview of the services available to people with developmental disabilities in each state.  The site, dubbed the Medicaid Reference Desk, offers a breakdown of the … Continue reading

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IRS 501(c)(3) Exemption Granted

LTO Ventures is officially recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) public charity, effective to our founding on July 6, 2010!  So all you big donors who have been waiting in the wings…call me!

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Autism Employment Fact Sheet – University of Missouri

Fact Sheet on Autism Employment, released today by Dr. Scott Standifer, Disability Policy & Studies, University of Missouri.  Click here for the PDF.  Also take note of the National Conference on Autism & Employment scheduled for March 6 & 7, … Continue reading

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Community Living Subcommittee report to Nevada Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders

The Subcommittee was formed in August 2010 to assess and advise the Commission on a modern approach to a variety of residential living situations for the Autism Spectrum Disorders (“ASD”) population in Nevada.  LTO Ventures President & CEO Mark Olson … Continue reading

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New Jersey Housing Resource Guide for ASD Adults

The New Jersey Housing Resource Guide for ASD Adults is a must read for anyone involved in solutions for community living for ASD adults. It was published in January 2009, but I came across it today in an article by … Continue reading

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News: Social Security disability on verge of insolvency

Supplemental Security Income (refered to as Social Security disability in the headline) provides up to $684 per month to disabled persons, including those with autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities.  These funds are often used primarily to pay for housing.  The … Continue reading

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