Samantha Hack is an autistic community advocate and autism educator, author, and blogger. Samantha also studies sociology and psychology. Her aspirations extend to a post-graduate degree in sociology and developing a better understanding of autistic culture and life as an autistic adult.
Read Using Intersecting Identities and Radically Accepting Communities to Increase Coping Skills by Samantha Hack in the anthology Knowing Why: Adult-Diagnosed Autistic People on Life and Autism.
Continuing Education Units by Samantha Hack
Samantha Hack attends professional conferences a presenter or speaker. Through these engagements social workers learn about the realities of life with autism from an autistic adult. Expanding on this foundation, CEUs explore concepts such as autistic communication, natural and forced coping techniques, gender, queerness, and more.
Samantha Hack for Autistics and Caregivers
Life is not easier just because an autistic is an adult. Information about autistic adults is lacking. There are few if any resources to meet their own needs and autistic adults often faces barriers to get access to. Caregivers play an important role during autistic adulthood and face the same barriers to information services. Caregivers are often overworked, overwhelmed, and unequipped to make adjustments to an adult autistic.
Samantha Hack refocuses the broad knowledge about autistic children and the lack of information about autistic adults. Focusing on tailored solutions for autistics creates a needs first approach to care. Samantha also addresses differences in opinion between the autistic and medical communities. Autistics and Caregivers leave with a better understanding of autism, care and treatment options, and adult autistic life.
Employers and Workforce
With an increase in diagnosis and access to better care more autistics than ever are entering the workforce.
Addressing this change, Samantha Hack works with companies and organizations committed to diversifying their policies and workforce. Samantha breaks down common misconceptions and misunderstandings about the cost and impact of accommodating disabled employees. Samantha then establishes an accessibility first approach to workforce management.
This new understanding allows employers hire effectively, increase diversity, and support disabled. Furthermore, an accessibility first approach improves the work experience for all employees.