Join hosts Chantelle Walker and Jen Faust as they introduce you to the people who are redefining what’s possible.

Know someone that would make a great guest? We’d love to hear from you. Click here.

Changemakers in Autism

Who are the changemakers in the autism community — the people who are pushing the boundaries of what’s accepted, expected, and possible of individuals with autism?

We’ve been fortunate to meet many of these incredible people through our work at REED Autism Services, and we’d like you to get to know them as well. 

During our podcast, hosted by Chantelle Walker, CEO, and Jen Faust, Director of Operations, we’ll introduce you to thought leaders and unconventional pioneers who are raising awareness of the most pressing issues in the autism community — and challenging the status quo. 

We’ll cover a range of topics, including unique work opportunities, innovative and inclusive housing, sex and relationships, athletes using their platforms to help our community, and much more. 

We hope you’ll join us on this journey. Please like, follow, and subscribe! Changemakers in Autism is available anywhere you get your podcasts.

Episode 1: Athletes Creating a Platform for Change

Join Chantelle Walker and Jen Faust as they interview Anthony Fasano, former 12-year NFL tight end and founder of the Anthony Fasano Foundation, about his involvement in the autism community and how athletes are using their voices to influence change.

Episode 2: Cutting-Edge Inclusive Communities

The Kelsey’s co-founder and CEO Micaela Connery and Communications Analyst Isaac Haney-Owens sit down for an in-depth discussion about how they’re developing integrated, inclusive housing solutions that build more homes and increase opportunities for people in the autism community.

Episode 3: Breaking Barriers with Social Communications

In a time when social interaction is often difficult to practice, Vanessa Castañeda-Gill, autistic advocate and CEO of Social Cipher, talks about the importance of social-emotional learning skills and how she’s helping connect neurodivergent youth and their advocates (counselors, teachers, mental health professionals) in an immersive virtual world.

Episode 4:  Athletes, Allies, and Advocates  

Nick Savarese, executive director of the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, one of the first autism foundations and resources, shares how his organization is “elevating the voice of the self-advocates,” putting people with autism at the forefront to make sure they’re accepted, included, and seen — and how other organizations can do the same.

Episode 5: Sex and Relationships on the Spectrum

Listen as Amy Gravino, M.A., an autism sexuality advocate and relationship coach in the Center for Adult Autism Services at Rutgers University, and Robin Baron, mother of an autistic adult and creator of Relationspot, join us for a frank discussion about navigating relationships when you’re on the spectrum.

Episode 6: Finding Meaningful Employment

In our sit-down with Ron Colavito, CEO of Access: Supports for Living, we discover how his Hudson Valley, New York-based agency is helping people with disabilities find meaningful employment in a variety of sectors including manufacturing, building and food services, and more.

To learn more about our guests and the work they are doing to challenge the status quo, please visit:

Opening music performed by Finnigan Ban, Musician, Hydroponic Farmer, and Autistic Adult. 

Disclaimer: Changemakers In Autism seeks to provide information only.  REED Autism Services does not endorse, sponsor or receive compensation for/from guests

REED AUTISM SERVICES PRESENTS CHANGEMAKERS IN AUTISM

Who are the changemakers in the autism community — the people who are pushing the boundaries of what’s accepted, expected, and possible of individuals with autism?

We’ve been fortunate to meet many of these incredible people through our work at REED Autism Services, and we’d like you to get to know them as well. 

During our podcast, hosted by Chantelle Walker, CEO, and Jen Faust, Director of Operations, we’ll introduce you to thought leaders and unconventional pioneers who are raising awareness of the most pressing issues in the autism community — and challenging the status quo. 

We’ll cover a range of topics, including unique work opportunities, innovative and inclusive housing, sex and relationships, athletes using their platforms to help our community, and much more. 

We hope you’ll join us on this journey. Please like, follow, and subscribe! Changemakers in Autism is available anywhere you get your podcasts.

Join hosts Chantelle Walker and Jen Faust as they introduce you to the people who are redefining what’s possible.

Know someone that would make a great guest? We’d love to hear from you. Click here.

Episodes

Episode 1: Athletes Creating a Platform for Change

Join Chantelle Walker and Jen Faust as they interview Anthony Fasano, former 12-year NFL tight end and founder of the Anthony Fasano Foundation, about his involvement in the autism community and how athletes are using their voices to influence change.

Episode 2: Cutting-Edge Inclusive Communities

The Kelsey’s co-founder and CEO Micaela Connery and Communications Analyst Isaac Haney-Owens sit down for an in-depth discussion about how they’re developing integrated, inclusive housing solutions that build more homes and increase opportunities for people in the autism community.

Episode 3: Breaking Barriers with Social Communications

In a time when social interaction is often difficult to practice, Vanessa Castañeda-Gill, autistic advocate and CEO of Social Cipher, talks about the importance of social-emotional learning skills and how she’s helping connect neurodivergent youth and their advocates (counselors, teachers, mental health professionals) in an immersive virtual world.

Episode 4:  Athletes, Allies, and Advocates  

Nick Savarese, executive director of the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, one of the first autism foundations and resources, shares how his organization is “elevating the voice of the self-advocates,” putting people with autism at the forefront to make sure they’re accepted, included, and seen — and how other organizations can do the same.

Episode 5: Sex and Relationships on the Spectrum

Listen as Amy Gravino, M.A., an autism sexuality advocate and relationship coach in the Center for Adult Autism Services at Rutgers University, and Robin Baron, mother of an autistic adult and creator of Relationspot, join us for a frank discussion about navigating relationships when you’re on the spectrum.

Episode 6: Finding Meaningful Employment

In our sit-down with Ron Colavito, CEO of Access: Supports for Living, we discover how his Hudson Valley, New York-based agency is helping people with disabilities find meaningful employment in a variety of sectors including manufacturing, building and food services, and more.

To learn more about our guests and the work they are doing to challenge the status quo, please visit:

Opening music performed by Finnigan Ban, Musician, Hydroponic Farmer, and Autistic Adult. 

Disclaimer: Changemakers In Autism seeks to provide information only.  REED Autism Services does not endorse, sponsor or receive compensation for/from guests