Steve Andrews

Autism Advocate, Speaker, and Author

Steve is the Founder and CEO of Platinum Bay Technologies, a software products and services company designed from the ground up to successfully employ Autistic adults in full software engineering careers at market salary and benefits. Steve has been a successful software engineer for over seventeen years. He is a four-time Microsoft MVP Award recipient and has been a frequent speaker at over 130 events across North America. Since discovering his own Autism in 2012 at the age of 33, Steve has dedicated his life to creating

Understanding, Acceptance, Inclusion, and Opportunity

for Autistic individuals everywhere.

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

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Past Speaking Engagements

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Since September 2007, Steve has led 167 sessions on 64 unique talks
at 133 events in 74 cities across 34 states and provinces in North America.

 
 
 

Testimonials

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Popular Presentations

Unleashing Autistic Potential in the Classroom and Beyond

Audience: Education (K-Graduate)

Discovering his Autism at the age of 34, Steve finally found answers to a lifetime of questions and justification for a lifetime of engagements. Becoming his own special interest, he set out on a path of learning and discovery of everything Autism. From classroom structure to special interests to communication, we will explore the unique challenges and strengths of Autistic individuals in the classroom. Through telling his story, Steve will share fresh and valuable insights as well as practical advice to help you engage Autistic students to reach their potential, sometimes in untraditional ways.

Realizing the Benefits of a Neurodiverse Workforce

Audience: Corporate

In the United States today, workers classified as Autistic can face upwards of 80-90% unemployment or underemployment. Yet numerous corporate case studies have shown tremendous untapped abilities and strengths among this community. Strengths we need in our workplaces, especially in the tech sector. From Walgreens to SAP to Microsoft, we will explore the unique challenges and benefits of inclusion in the workplace, perhaps in untraditional ways. There are millions of Autistic individuals in the United States and they can change the way we do business.

Autism Evaluation and Therapy Through a Different Lens

Audience: Clinical, Therapeutic

Discovering his Autism at the age of 34, Steve finally found answers to a lifetime of questions and justification for a lifetime of experiences. Becoming his own special interest, he set out on a path of learning and discovery of everything Autism. From sensory issues to special interests to communication and social interaction, we will explore the unique challenges and strengths of Autistic individuals. Through telling his story, Steve will share fresh and valuable insights as well as practical advice to help you engage Autistic clients to reach their potential.

Neuro-Culture Hypothesis
a unifying neurodiversity model of autism

Audience: Academic, Scientific, Research

Since Hans Asperger and Leo Kanner independently discovered Autism in the 1940's, nearly all of the research, publishing, and popular thinking has described Autism as a social deficit from which has evolved countless opinions, hypotheses, and theories proposed using the medical model. The Neuro-Culture Hypothesis posits that social interaction difficulties are rather a secondary indicator of a core underlying neurophysiology. In this talk we will explore a neurodiversity model, define Autism in a new way, and dispel common Autism myths.

What They Never Told You About Autism: Understanding the Neurodiversity Model

Audience: Parents

Contact Steve to discuss your workshop and training needs.

Tools and Supports to Help Autistic Young People Successfully Transition

Audience: Occupational Therapists, Academic, Parents, Clinical

Contact Steve to discuss your workshop and training needs.

Effectively Managing Autistic Employees

Audience: Corporate, Managers, HR

Contact Steve to discuss your workshop and training needs.

Creating Inclusive Classrooms

Audience: Education (K-Graduate)

Contact Steve to discuss your workshop and training needs.

Publications

Community

Chapman University

Thompson Policy Institute
2016 - Present
Regional Business Advisory Committee
Subcommittees Member
Research & Business Survey
Corporate Job Development
Stakeholder & Staff Training

Orange County Transition Initiative
Business Partner

Life College OC

at Irvine Valley College
2016 - Present
Steve consults with Life College on transition and life readiness for Autistic young people including technical skills training initiatives.

OC Adult Transition Task Force

Orange County, CA
2016 - Present
Business Partner

Get in Touch

I enjoy connecting with others in the Autism community - parents, educators, businesses, therapists, and especially other Autism advocates and individuals.

I can help with the following:

  • Speaking at your Event
  • Business Consulting and Training
  • Education Consulting and Training
  • Family Consulting
  • Community-Based Collaboration

Send Me a Message

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