PRESS RELEASES

August 09, 2019

Employment Matters…Especially for Those on the Spectrum

Autism Parenting Magazine article by Gregg Ireland

The job of “raising” a son or daughter significantly impacted by autism spectrum disorder (ASD) does not come to an end when your child reaches the age of majority. It just shifts to a new realm. Indeed, adulthood brings significant new worries and new challenges. 

April 15, 2019

CBS / KCAL

'Extraordinary People' Documentary Raises Awareness About Autism

Gregg and Lori Ireland with the organization Extraordinary Ventures stop by the KCAL9 studio to talk about their work helping people with autism.

April 03, 2019

21st Annual RiverRun Film Festival

Extraordinary People Screens at International Film Festival

Extraordinary People screens at 21st Annual RiverRun Film Festival in Winston-Salem. This year’s fest includes 175 films, including 74 features and 101 shorts from 47 countries.

November 29, 2018

The Parent Footprint Podcast

Interview with Gregg and Lori Ireland

Gregg and Lori Ireland are the couple who inspired and continue to help the growth of the non-profit organization, Extraordinary Ventures. In this interview with Dr. Dan Peters, Gregg and Lori Ireland discuss more about the organization, the documentary Extraordinary People, and how their parenting experience (and work) can help others. 

October 30, 2018

Late Night Health Radio Interview

Mark Alyn and Gina Ireland discuss amazing adults with autism!

Late Night Health’s host, Mark Alyn, interviews Gina Ireland, the Ireland Family Foundation’s Liaison to Extraordinary Ventures and Extraordinary People’s Distribution Partner through Cardinal Blue Consulting.

Many of Extraordinary Ventures employees were told they were incapable of holding down a meaningful job. However, based on the belief that all people are employable, this 501 (c) 3 non-profit, organization, based in Chapel Hill, NC, has created an exceptionally successful employment model that could easily be replicated in any city.

October 18, 2018

Gary Garver Show: Controlled Chaos

What's Next for Extraordinary Ventures

Gina Ireland joins Gary and shares Extraordinary Ventures’ mission plus what’s next and information about Extraordinary People.

October 10, 2018

Interview with Frankie Boyer Lifestyle Show

Gina Ireland discusses Extraordinary Ventures

The Frankie Boyer Lifestyle Show is an award-winning show that airs on 14 stations. Gina Ireland sits down with Frankie to discuss Extraordinary Ventures; a non-profit organization located in Chapel Hill that employs more than fifty individuals who are on the autism spectrum or otherwise developmentally challenged.

October 04, 2018

A Business Model for Adults with Autism

Gregg Ireland discusses Extraordinary Ventures on The Kim Pagano Show

Gregg Ireland, Board Member from Extraordinary Ventures, talks to Kim Pagano more about its mission and how the organization was born. Extraordinary Ventures is a non-profit organization that creates and nurtures self-sustaining small businesses with the philosophy that all people are employable. Gregg also discusses National Disability Employment Awareness Month (October), which is an ideal time to explore the possibilities for creating jobs for those who are disabled. 

August 16, 2018

A Job is Worth More Than Money

An interview with WUNC's The State of Things

The transition from high school to college or the job market is difficult for many people, but it can be especially difficult for people with developmental disabilities. The Chapel Hill-based nonprofit Extraordinary Ventures aims to bridge that gap. 

WUNC Host Frank Stasio speaks with Extraordinary Ventures employee Amanda Walls, CEO of Extraordinary Ventures Paige Morrow, and Laura Hart McKinny, the co-director and co-producer of the film 'Extraordinary People.' on the value of meaningful work for adults with developmental disabilities. 

May 30, 2018

Extraordinary People Documentary to Screen in Chapel Hill

An Employment Model that Changes Lives for Adults with Autism

Extraordinary Ventures, located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, employs more than fifty individuals who are on the spectrum or otherwise developmentally challenged. By arranging the work to fit the skills and interests of each employee, Extraordinary Ventures creates and scales a unique business model that provides one solution to the employment crisis adults with autism are facing.

May 26, 2018

Extraordinary People Debuts at AutFest Film Festival

Autism diagnosis rate is on the rise and garners attention in TV & Film

Los Angeles, CA (May 26th, 2018) - Extraordinary People, a 30 minute documentary, follows the story of six very different individuals on the autism spectrum as they deal with personal challenges and find meaningful value through their work at a business called Extraordinary Ventures. The film debuted April 28th at the 2nd annual AutFest Film Festival where it screened at the Writers Guild of America Theater in Beverly HIlls.

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