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episode 317: Tap into the Strengths of Neurodiversity, with Isabella He


NOTE: For full show notes, see https://tonyloyd.com/isabella-he.


High school students work on behalf of those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  

In the United States, 1 in 54 children has autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Unemployment rates for individuals with ASD are approximately 85%. More than half a million individuals with ASD will enter the workforce in the next decade. The need for specialized vocational training is growing by the minute.

A CDC study found that 50 percent of children with severe ASD only have access to school-based treatment services. And 17 percent of children with ASD do not have access to occupational, speech, or language therapy whatsoever.

At-home therapy is difficult for those with special needs, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. With most in-person therapy sessions closed, many parents of children with ASD don’t have the proper material and guidance to provide effective at-home therapy.

Meet Isabella He

Isabella He is a high school junior at Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, CA, and the founder and President of SN Inclusion. SN Inclusion is a nonprofit organization that provides career-technical education to neurodiverse individuals. She is also a co-founder of AUesome, a social enterprise that offers at-home therapy kits to children with autism.

Isabella is also an intern at the Stanford Neurodiversity Project and a dedicated volunteer and program coordinator at Friends of Children with Special Needs (FCSN).

Other AUesome co-founders include fellow high school students Anshul Gupta, Andrew Kim, and Arnav Gurudatt. 

Learn More About Isabella He, SN Inclusion and AUesome:

  • SN Inclusion: https://sninclusion.org
  • AUesome: https://auesome.co
  • SN Inclusion on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sninclusion
  • SN Inclusion on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SN-Inclusion-102768024862916
  • AUesome on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/auesome.co
  • Isabella He on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/isabella-kai-he/
  • Isabella He on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iisabellahe
  • Friends of Children with Special Needs (FCSN): https://fcsn1996.org
  • Stanford Neurodiversity Project: https://med.stanford.edu/neurodiversity.html


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 2021-02-28  22m