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Fort Myers Non-Profit Creates Community for People on the Spectrum

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My Autism Connection

Throughout the month of July WGCU is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act with the “Move to Include” initiative. It’s a nationwide public media effort that seeks to motivate people to embrace different abilities and include all people in all aspects of life.

This week we learn about the Fort Myers nonprofit My Autism Connection, which has brought adults on the spectrum together since 2012. Its mission is to provide experiential opportunities for adults diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder to help them develop skills towards independence and building healthy relationships.

Our guests are Sandra Worth, founder and Executive Director; Brad Karpel, who has been a member of MAC since its inception, and serves as a Member Representative to the Board of Directors; and Robbie Stick, who has been a member since 2016.

This episode is part of Move to Include, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Mike Kiniry is producer of Gulf Coast Live, and co-creator and host of the WGCU podcast Three Song Stories: Biography Through Music. He first joined the WGCU team in the summer of 2003 as an intern while studying Communication at Florida Gulf Coast University. 
Julie Glenn is the News Director and the host of Gulf Coast Live. She joined the WGCU team in November of 2016 to expand the Gulf Coast Live call-in radio show from once a week to five days a week.  Since then, the show has been recognized in state and regional competitions and has featured artists, political leaders, historians, environmental experts, doctors, local reporters, and national and international scholars. After leading the station's award-winning coverage of Hurricane Irma in September of 2017, Julie was named Interim News Director. In January of 2018, she launched WGCU's first podcast: Grape Minds.