Past, Present & Future

A Timeline

2018 and Beyond
  • Acknowledging a significantly underserved population, women on spectrum, the autisMakes Workshop Series will include a women's workshop featuring wearable technology
  • Launch professional development element of Spectrum Innovates Innovation Experience
  • Achieve funding goal of $1.2M for startup of Spectrum Innovates Transition Program
  • STEMconnector recognizes Spectrum Innovates Day of Design Challenge participation as a highlight of 2017 in STEMdaily Year in Review  special edition
2017
  • Spectrum Innovates collaborates with Vaugh College - creates neurodiverse team to participate in STEMconnector's national Day of Design Challenge
  • Strategic relationship with STEMconnector developed
  • Education Update publication features Spectrum Innovates initiatives
  • 4-day autisMakes Workshop - validates key elements derived from the Spectrum Innovates transition program on passion, creativity and empathy
  • Five year plan is completed and ratified by board
  • Board attends Els Foundation Autism Innovations and Global Impact Conference
  • Fund raising plan is developed and implemented
  • Framework for transition program is completed

2016
  • Additional autisMakes workshops are planned for 2017
  • First workshop in autisMakes Series held - remarkable success
  • NEXUS collaborates with the LOGO Foundation to develop a unique one day innovation workshop for teens on the autism spectrum
  • Board contributes and secures initial funding for general operations and first Maker workshop
  • First annual board meeting is held
  • First matching grant received from the Macquarie Group Foundation
  • Development of strategic relationships
  • Begin development of five year plan
  • Initial budgeting for development of Spectrum Innovates is begun
  • Response to White Paper is overwhelmingly positive and offers to assist in program development are received resulting in Advisory Council
  • White Paper is vetted with leaders in autism, medicine and education for critical review
  • Board retreat is held to fully explore Spectrum Innovates concept and develop White Paper
  • Concept for Spectrum Innovates is developed

2015
  • Founders retain primary legal counsel, files and receives 501(c)(3) certification from IRS
  • A 501(c)(3) formed to explore and create "Innovative Programs and Initiatives" for those on the autism spectrum
  • The foundational principles for nfpNEXUS developed and articulated in the mission statement
  • Board researches, brainstorms and conceptualizes ways to assist in autistics' transition
  • Founding Board of Directors created to look at current issues in autistic transition to adulthood and adult independence
  • Initial conversations ensue between stake holders about the need for meaningful transition initiatives for autistics