Andrew Arboe, a self-advocate with ASD, is a graduate of Manchester Community College with an associate’s degree as a disability specialist. He is the founder of Driving with Autism, a driver-readiness webinar series that helps instill confidence in those who want to drive. He also serves as the Director of Community Outreach at Planning Across the Spectrum, which specializes in helping individuals, families, and employers of those with ASD and other disabilities pursue financial independence.
Andrew found his professional path because of his experience as an autistic adult. He currently attends Charter Oak State College, where he is earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology and hopes to become certified in autism and driver rehabilitation. His prior employment as a job coach for Plainville Community Schools taught him the importance of promoting employment skills and clarified the school perspective in transitioning to adulthood. He believes that learning about self-help can make a major difference in peoples’ lives, and he aims to provide proactive values toward his work in the community.