Autistry Studios – building a working ASD community

Janet Lawson and Dan Swearingen, founders of Autistry Studios and the parents of an autistic teenager will discuss their journey creating a program to support ASD individuals. Over the last 6 years they have grown their therapeutic pre-vocational program from 4 students to over 50 students. They have created a new approach they call Project-Based Therapy and have also launched the Autistry Model Employment Program. They will talk about the many lessons they have learned, the methods and interventions that have worked, and those that haven’t worked.



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Janet Lawson and Dan Swearingen
Janet Lawson, LMFT is a psychotherapist specializing in work with teens, adults, and families with Autistry Spectrum Disorders. She is the founder and CEO of Autistry Studios, a therapeutic pre-vocational program for ASD individuals. Janet has years of experience in theater and film as well as software development. Dan Swearingen, Autistry CEO, was educated as an astrophysicist but has mainly worked in software development for private industry and government projects. Outside of work Dan has always loved building things and Autistry Studios leverages and challenges all his skills. Dana's job is to maintain technologies for the students to use in their projects and teach the students how to (safely) use them.

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