History and Purpose of the Autism Society

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Autism Society
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As the father of a child with autism, entrepreneur and author Don Teolis is actively involved in the autism community. Don Teolis works closely with the Autism Society, which is regarded as America’s premiere grassroots autism organization.

Bernard Rimland, PhD, founded the Autism Society in 1965. He worked with a group of educated colleagues and parents of autistic children to curate information, disseminate useful resources, and to provide support to individuals and families affected by autism spectrum disorders. The group launched a national awareness campaign in the 1970s, which in 1984 was recognized by Congress. As part of this campaign, Congress designated April as National Autism Awareness Month. The movement has evolved into an ongoing effort due to the Autism Society’s methods of spreading information through social media and community activities. The iconic autism ribbon, denoted by its multi-colored puzzle piece design, was developed by the Autism Society in 1999 as another tool for creating awareness.

Today, with a membership of more than 120,000 people, and additional support from upwards of 100 affiliate organizations, the Autism Society is seen as one of the most reputable and powerful groups working to support and understand individuals with autism.


Queue Helps Students with Special Needs Find Employment

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Special Needs Students
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Don Teolis serves as the director of Queue, a medical certification program that brings training to the classroom in health-related courses at colleges and universities, as well as exam preparation assistance services. Don Teolis has served in this position since the program’s inception in 2009.

Based in New York, Queue provides assistance to students with special needs, including people with disabilities and ex-offenders, by seeking to strengthen their educational foundations. The program is ultimately designed to help these students with specialized education needs as they search for employment. Students who are experiencing financial difficulties or facing other hurdles can often address them by contacting the schools participating in Queue.

The Queue program’s instruction model utilizes the services of professionals whose experience relates closely to the fields of study in which their students are participating. These instructors have had a hand in helping hundreds of students secure work in health-related employment fields during the past six years.