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Jobs and Employment Resources for Young Adults with Autism

Introduction

Finding and keeping employment is a continued challenge with adults on the Autism Spectrum.  A small percentage of high-functioning adults are able to work successfully in jobs, but the jobs do not reflect their true potential.  Employers should take advantage of the individual's strengths and abilities.  The three types of work that people with disabilities enter are called competitive, supported, and secure or sheltered.

Competitive employment is the most independent, with no offered support in the work environment.  Some have even managed self-employment. Individuals on the Autism Spectrum would benefit from routine jobs involving technology with fewer social interactions that can be misinterpreted.  Supported employment is a system of support that allows individuals to have paid employment within the community with a support from a job coach.  In secure or sheltered employment the individuals are at a center where the work is brought to them with other adults to support in finishing the work and helping manage behaviors.

Related Sites

nonPareil Institute
Description:  This organization provides technical training for adults with autism.

Picasso Einstein Academy
Description:  Provides self-employment help for people with disabilities.

The Benefits of Employing Individuals with Autism
Description:  This site coordinates with employers in the UK explaining the benefits of employing persons with autism. The site also lists jobs available in the UK.

Eden 2 Programs
Description:  Eden II offers services for individuals over the age of 21 on Staten Island and Long Island, NY. Adults learn skills essential for successful everyday living, with a focus on vocational skills training. Adults are provided with instruction to promote development of employable skills. The primary focus is to offer participants the training and support they require to succeed in integrated community settings.

Spectrum Works
Description:  Provides job training and employment to young adults with autism while simultaneously building inclusive workforces at our partner companies.

Cameron’s Coffee and Chocolates
Description:  Cameron’s gluten free coffee shop offers employment to young adults with autism and an assorted variety of chocolates, coffee, nuts and teas not only at their location but also shopping at their on-line store.

Autism Works
Description:  Autism Works provides services for young adults with autism such as vocation assessment, customized social coaching, job placement services, and post secondary navigation.

Legacy Farms
Description:  A nonprofit group based in Virginia with the vision to create a residential and vocational community for adults with autism and other developmental challenges.

The Chocolate Spectrum
Description:  This business provides job opportunities for adults with autism.

Supporting My Independent Living Enterprise!
Description:  Watch and read about Matt's path to independence with SMILE Biscotti.

Autism Now
Description:  The national autism resource and information center has a wealth of information including this section of the site where you’ll find information on job-related subjects such as employment research and reports, supported employment, transition planning for job opportunities, vocational rehabilitation and more.

Adults with Autism: Finding a Job Coach
Description:  Tara Potter, Director of Trio Employment Network, talks about the challenges young adults with autism encounter and why they need a job coach.

Rising Tide Car Wash
Description:  This business provides job opportunities for adults with autism.

Autism Gurus: Stephen Shore, Ed.D., Talks Self-Advocacy, Ability, and Inclusion.
Description:  Read Madison House Autism Foundation’s interview with Dr. Shore about inclusion in the workplace, how to develop effective self-advocacy skills, and how parents and professionals can help provide the tools for young adults with autism who want to be in the workforce.

New Discovery Program Helps Individuals with Significant Disabilities Find the Job Best Suited for Them
Description:  Vocational Rehabilitation is a program committed to helping people with disabilities become part of America’s workforce.

Job Accommodation Network
Description:  The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.

Andersen Center for Autism
Description:  Committed to providing a comprehensive array of LifeLong Learning? opportunities for each individual we serve. Our innovative residential and day habitation programs are designed to promote each individual’s attainment of independence and a productive life full of enriching experiences.

Books

The Autism Job Club: The Neurodiverse Workforce in the New Normal of Employment by Michael S. Bernick and Richard Holden
Description:  The book addresses the high unemployment rates among adults with autism and provides the necessary strategies to help reshape employment for adults with autism.

My Dream Job with Autism by Travis E. Breeding
Description:  Written by a person with autism, this book depicts the problems and feelings that an autistic individual can encounter in the workplace. In addition, this author shares his hope for future employment.

Developing Talents: Careers For Individuals With Asperger Syndrome And High-functioning Autism- Updated, Expanded Edition by Temple Grandin and Kate Duffy
Description:  Highlighting Vocational Rehabilitation and Social Security programs, this book provides an insight into job possibilities for people with ASD.

How to Find the Perfect Autism Job by Travis Breeding
Description:  This book is a valuable resource for helping those on the autism spectrum learn to better associate with peers in work situations. This book also supplies job ideas to better attain success.

The Complete Guide to Getting a Job for People With Asperger's Syndrome: Find the Right Career and Get Hired by Barbara Bissonnette
Description:  This guidebook is an absolute necessity for individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome seeking employment. Job searching, selling yourself, positive interview coaching, and goal setting are enhanced with a variety of checklists, transcript examples, and effective teaching models.

Asperger's on the Job: Must-have Advice for People with Asperger's or High Functioning Autism, and their Employers, Educators, and Advocates by Rudy Simone and Temple Grandin
Description:  Created by a person who has Asperger’s Syndrome, this source yields a great supply of information to aid in obtaining job placement for those affected.

Tools

Rush University Medical Center Autism Resource Directory
Description:  This job training program is located in Illinois. Rush University Medical Center offers Vocational Programs & Career Development for People with Autism.

Job Interview Training
Description:  This site provides a simulated interview process to help people on the Autism Spectrum to prepare for interviews.

Eden Autism
Description:  This region specific job training program is located in New Jersey. Eden Autism offers an Employment Training Program for Adults with Autism.

How to Get and Keep a Job (with Autism!)
Description:  A short video of Temple Grandin talking about how to get and keep a job (with autism).

People with Autism Find Outlet through I.T. Work Program
Description:  Make I.T. Soar – An innovative Appleton, Wisconsin business is pairing young adults with autism spectrum disorder with their love for Information Technology.

Helping People With the Autism Find Jobs in Tech
Description:  A three minute clip from the BBC shows how companies are creating jobs and seeking individuals with Autism to employ.

Parent Forums/Blogs

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Forum/Blog Name:  Wrong Planet – Jobs
Description:  This blog discusses jobs and other autism topics.

Forum/Blog Name:  Jobs4Autism
Description:  The Jobs4Autism mission is to become a key resource to individuals with autism, their family members, job coaches and caregivers for sharing job ideas and hopefully finding long-term employment opportunities.