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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.