MindSpark employs individuals with autism

first_imgHomeNewsMindSpark employs individuals with autism Jul. 16, 2018 at 5:00 amNewsMindSpark employs individuals with autismGuest Author3 years agodaily pressNewsSanta Monicasanta monica daily press By some estimates, the unemployment rate for people on the autism spectrum is as high as 90 percent.So Gray Benoist helped found MindSpark, a Santa Monica based company that trains and employs individuals with specialized abilities. After five years in Santa Monica and Culver City, the company was acquired by Auticon, an IT and technology solution business that employs consultants and analysts who are on the spectrum.Benoist said without Auticon, MindSpark was a business contained to the Los Angeles area. But with Auticon’s resources, MindSpark will have the opportunity to grow throughout the area and the country.“What Auticon brings is a proven methodology and proven service models that increase the level of employment we’re able to do,” he said. “And accelerate that level of employment. It’s a very, very exciting acquisition.”Benoist, who has two sons on the spectrum, said MindSpark was a successful business but was “contained.” Auticon, which is based in London and Berlin, will provide MindSpark with a plethora of opportunities.Rebecca Beam, the U.S. Managing Director for Auticon, said combining models from each company will lead to more jobs for people on the spectrum.“The fact that we are now a global organization is unbelievable, but that we can touch so many more lives across the U.S., I’m incredibly proud of what this organization has accomplished, and I couldn’t be prouder to be part of Auticon,” she said.Beam stressed that MindSpark is a business – not a charity – and competes with other companies in their field. She said the quality of their service is “everything.”Gray Benoist Jr, who works as the assistant treasurer at MindSpark, said companies like Auticon are extremely important for people who are on the spectrum.“It’s so that people on the spectrum can be independent and also have a place in society,” he said. “Which they should have, because they are able to do things.”The elder Benoist said one of the things he wants to work on with the newfound resources is outreach. He said MindSpark’s outreach programs, which have been underfunded, can now expand throughout the Los Angeles area and the country.Auticon was launched in 2011, and its acquisition of MindSpark represents its entry into the U.S. market. According to a press release, Auticon has affiliates in Germany, France, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. In addition, the company plans to expand to Canada and Australia.“The acquisition of MindSpark supports Auticon expanding on its mission to bring awareness to neurodiversity while creating distinguished career opportunities for adults with autism,” Auticon CEO Kurt Schöffer said in the release. “We look forward to accelerating employment opportunities in tech and consulting for the exceptionally talented and skilled adults on the autism spectrum.”Benoist Sr. said the acquisition will allow Santa Monica to host one of the most successful tech employers for people on the spectrum in the world. He said despite the staggering unemployment rate, people on the spectrum can be very valuable to businesses.“And what they need is an opportunity to be able to show their skills,” he said. “And that’s what MindSpark does, and that’s what Auticon does. We create an environment, an environment with elements associated with accommodation for the individual that allows the individual to do their best.”[email protected] :daily pressNewsSanta Monicasanta monica daily pressshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentThe Santa Monica Public Library presents Authors on Architecture: Harby and Fisher on Venturi’s RomeYour Column HereYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall9 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson20 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter20 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor20 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press20 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press20 hours agolast_img read more

Vulfpeck, The Revivalists And The Soul Rebels To Play Jazz Fest Late Night Show

first_imgThe sheer insanity of the Jazz Fest late night concert calendar just got yet crazier! Vulfpeck is joining home town heroes The Revivalists and The Soul Rebels for a three-in-one funk-rock bonanza. With all three bands known for dynamic performances and booty shaking vibe, The Orpheum Theater is sure to be one big dance party come April 23nd.Vulfpeck’s raucous, raw sound has been winning the national attention and a rabid, ever growing fan base.  Joining them on the bill, The Revivalists bring their rocking version of Americana infused funk, all behind magnetic front man David Shaw.  And last but by no means least, The Soul Rebels bring their brass band electricity to the stage.Tickets are available starting this Friday HERE.If Vulfpeck is your jam, be sure to check out the funky up and comers at Fool’s Paradise, a destination festival in St. Augustine, FL held from April 1st to 2nd. Featuring Lettuce, GRiZ, Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue, Goldfish, The Nth Power and more, this is one fest you won’t want to miss! Tickets and more information available here.last_img read more

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first_imgTo continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe now for unlimited access Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our communitylast_img read more

SC’s Logan Zschernitz, Stratford’s Jake Drexler win third-place matches at 2017 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament

first_imgStratford’s Marten, Tyson Kauffman, Marquardt, Hoffman finish fourthBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMADISON — All six local wrestlers competing in the consolation round Saturday won their first matches at the 2017 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center.Two ended up winning their third-place matches, and the other four had to settle for fourth-place medals.In Division 2, Spencer/Columbus sophomore Logan Zschernitz beat Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal’s Nick Rueth in the 285-pound consolation semifinals, holding on for a 3-2 victory. Zschernitz went on to defeat Josh Frerk of Denmark by major decision, 14-5, in the third-place match.Zschernitz beat Rueth for the fourth-straight weekend after having beat him at the Cloverbelt Conference Tournament as well as at the Division 2 regional and sectional competitions. Zschernitz had defeated Frerk in the quarterfinals on Friday and ends his season with a 39-4 record.“For Logan, last night was tough. It was a tough night in the hotel,” Spencer/Columbus coach Jake Zschernitz said. “We talked, we got his emotions in check, and we had to reassess our goals. Our goal was a state championship for him. We didn’t get it, ‘OK, now our (goal) is third place.’ He came into today, took care of business, and got that done.”Stratford’s Derek Marten (126 pounds), Jake Drexler (132), David Marquardt (160), Aiden Hoffman (195), and Tyson Kauffman (285) each won their Division 3 consolation semifinals with Drexler winning his third-place match as well.Drexler (42-3) pinned Kolbe Ubersox of Darlington/Black Hawk in 1:59 in the semifinals and needed overtime to defeat Seth Schlegel of Spring Valley/Elmwood 3-1 in the third-place match. Drexler had lost to Schlegel 8-5 in the quarterfinals on Friday.Marten (38-5) beat Dylan Bune of Spring Valley/Elmwood 5-0 in the semifinals and lost his third-place match to Andrew Gunderson of Cadott 4-2.Marquardt (37-5) pinned James LaPointe of Bayfield/Washburn in 1:58 before dropping the third-place match to Michael Bertrand of Southern Door 4-1.Hoffman (37-11) took care of Noah Friedl of Royall 7-3 in the semifinals and lost the third-place match to Bryce Holderman of Amherst 10-3.At 285 pounds, defending D-3 state champion Tyson Kauffman (15-6) settled for fourth. Kauffman blanked Noah Novotney of Boyceville 3-0 in the semifinals before forfeiting the third-place match to Takoda Lee of Cornell/Gilman/Lake Holcombe because of ongoing shoulder and arm injuries.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

No murder charges for east Columbia shooter

first_imgThe Boone County prosecutor says he will not charge the man who shot and killed Cameron Caruthers at an east Columbia home two years ago.Dan Knight said Tuesday that Ricky Gurley acted in self-defense at the home on Dawn Ridge Road in May 2017, after the 28-year-old Caruthers threatened to kill Gurley and Caruthers’ ex-girlfriend.Gurley was found guilty in federal court of being a felon in possession of a gun. He got a two-year sentence with credit for time served, and three years’ probation.last_img

Falcons John Abraham on Arrest Bad Timing

Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Abraham has keen timing when it comes to rushing the edge to attack the quarterback. His timing Monday off the field was not so good.Abraham was arrested in front of a Midtown building where he owns three condominiums, charged with obstruction of justice.“I really can’t talk about the situation because we are still going through some legal things, here and there,” Abraham said to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I’m just happy that everybody that knows me and knows what kind of person I am, know the things that I do, so I’d like to kind of leave it at that. I’m just trying to move on to football, continue to be the leader that I’ve been, do the same things and get ready for Carolina.”Abraham was reluctant to share his story with the AJC. But he did say to the newspaper: “At this moment, I don’t want to talk about my side of the story. Once we get everything verified and get everything going the same way, because we still have a legal situation that we need to get cleared up. Sometimes, it’s just bad timing. I’m not going to fault anybody at all. Sometimes things happen in life. Sometimes trying to do the right thing, [doesn’t] end up being the right thing.”Police were responding to a call about a woman threatening to jump from one of the buildings when Abraham refused to exit the scene, according to John Chafee of the APD’s Public Affairs Unit said . Chafee said police charged Abraham with obstruction of police and obstruction of fire fighters.Chafee said the charges are misdemeanors. Abraham was booked at the Fulton County Jail and was released early Tuesday after posting $7,500 bond.Chafee said the woman did not jump and was uninjured. She was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. It is not known if Abraham knew the prospective jumper or if he was just trying to return home.According to a copy of the police report, Abraham entered the restricted area and was confronted by a firefighter who “repeatedly ordered him to leave the scene.”Nearby officers then responded and ordered Abraham to leave, according to the police report. The report says Abraham “refused and insisted on continuing [farther] into the scene” at which point police arrested him.Abraham was “obviously intoxicated,” the arresting officer wrote in the report.“Like I said, sometimes you just try to do the right thing and don’t worry about that,” Abraham said. “Like I was saying, I’m not trying to knock anybody for trying to do what they were doing. Like I said, it happened. I can’t really go into detail with exactly what’s going on, everybody likes to say this and that. …it was a situation.”Abraham is the second Falcons player to be arrested in the past weeks.Gwinnett County police arrested running back Michael Turner early last Tuesday on charges of DUI and speeding.“I got to talk to [head coach] Mike [Smith] and a lot of people in the organization and people that know me. …it was an altercation and hopefully we can get it out of the way as soon as possible,” Abraham said.The Falcons are 3-0, one of only three undefeated teams in the NFL.“I’m trying not to harp on what happened,” Abraham said. “I’m trying not to, but I will say it was bad timing.”Finally, Abraham wouldn’t admit to making an error in judgment.“I can’t say I did or didn’t,” Abraham said. “I’m just going to keep saying it was bad timing. I can’t say exactly what happened. Like I said, we’re going to try to work through it.” read more

The 2016 Cubs Were Only The 70th Most Dominant Team Ever

Chicago was outstanding at the beginning of the season and was briefly on pace to be one of the greatest teams of all time. After a 25-6 start — on pace for 131 wins! — they cooled considerably and actually had a losing record (28-29) in their next 57 games before the All-Star break. They closed out the season on a 50-23 run, a 110-win pace, but those midseason blues cost them a chance at the record books. Here’s how their Elo rating fluctuated over the course of the season, with the Indians added for reference:There’s some good news for the Cubs, though. For one, they won the World Series, the first for the team since 1908. Who cares about their Elo rating! But it’s also a lot harder to dominate MLB than it used to be. The best teams in baseball history, in terms of how well they performed in the league at the time, mostly come before the 1960s. Chicago is just the third team of the 2010s to crack the top 100 and the first Cubs team to do so since the 1930s: In fact, the 2016 Cubs were the most dominant baseball team since the 2009 Yankees, who ranked 33. Chicago might not be one of the greatest baseball teams in baseball history, but it’s one of the best in recent memory, and with a young, talented roster, there’s no reason to think they couldn’t match or beat their performance in 2017. Back at the start of the season, we ranked the dominance of every team in every season of MLB history using Elo ratings, a measure of relative team strength. The 1939 Yankees came in first, the 1906 Cubs second. Now that 2016 is done, where did this season’s Cubs place?Our updated rankings are below, but you’ll have to scroll a bit to find the 2016 Cubs: They came in 70th. read more

San Diego County law enforcement officials oppose bars staying open later

first_imgMy legislation to allow, but not require, cities to extend nightlife hours to 4 am just passed its first committee (Senate Governmental Organization Committee) with bipartisan support. First step toward better nightlife in California. Thank you colleagues! #SB58— Scott Wiener (@Scott_Wiener) March 12, 2019 April 4, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Categories: California News, Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego County Police Chiefs’ and Sheriff’s Association is opposed to extending hours of alcohol sales from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. in several California cities, with a warning to state lawmakers about the harm it would cause to public health and safety.SB 58 would allow the cities of San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, Sacramento, West Hollywood, Long Beach, Coachella, Cathedral City, Fresno and Palm Springs to extend last call hours from the current 2 a.m. to 4 a.m.The association sent a letter to the California Senate expressing its deep concern and requesting that Senate Bill 58 not become law. Chula Vista Police Chief Roxana Kennedy is vice president of the association.“This is concerning to us in Chula Vista and throughout the South Bay,” Kennedy said. “It will have regional consequences for areas that are within driving distance of the cities where the bars stay open later.”Lead author of SB 28 said after the bill passed a committee that its “first step toward better nightlife in California.” Posted: April 4, 2019 San Diego County law enforcement officials oppose bars staying open laterlast_img read more