Many individuals with autism have marketable talents and skills but may require more services or support to be successful in the workforce. The world of employment can be especially tough to navigate because of a lack of opportunities (especially ones that are in line with special interests), but there are options available.
Here are some employment resources to get you started.
A toolkit is a resource manual that is broken down into helpful sections. Please explore the various employment toolkits below.
The articles, studies, and guides below cover a variety of topics related to employment. Some are written by individuals who have businesses that employ those with autism, others were written by organizations, universities, and parents like you.
- Autism Beyond High School: Are We Ready?, Interactive Autism Network (2011 article about adult programs and services to help those on the spectrum transition into adulthood)
- Overview of Some Adult Services for People with Disabilities, University of Missouri (Overview of vocational rehabilitation and independent living)
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- Randy Lewis: ‘We Haven’t Found a Disability We Can’t Employ’, HR Magazine (Lewis retired from Walgreens in 2013, after 16 years. He is now putting all his considerable energy into advocating for inclusive recruitment around disability, as well as promoting his book No Greatness Without Goodness.)
- Disclosing an Autism Diagnosis: Should You?, Autism Daily Newscast (2014 article weighs the pros and cons of telling a potential employer about your autism diagnosis)
- Small Businesses Create New Jobs for Autistic Adults, Marketplace (2014 article discusses employment opportunities for adults with autism)
- Chicago based AutonomyWorks Employs Young Adults with Autism, Autism Daily Newscast (2014 article about AutonomyWorks whose goal is to create thousands of job opportunities for individuals with autism and for those individuals with other disabilities)
- A Film Set, Where Adults with Autism Learn Job Skills, Michigan Radio (One program in Rochester is giving young adults with autism the skills to get a job in an unusual way: by training them in the movie business.)
- For Those With Autism, Hospitals May Be Ideal Training Ground, Disability Scoop (2014 article discusses a hospital internship program)
The websites below offer comprehensive support and/or information for a variety of issues related to navigating employment issues and the workforce.
- SCORE Assistance (SCORE’s nationwide initiatives help entrepreneurs and small business owners at various stages in their professional lives.)
- The Lifespan Transitions Center at OCALI (This site contains a plethora of resources related to employment and transitioning.)
- Autism Employment Entrepreneurs on Google+ (A virtual community that promotes virtual collaboration and discussion)
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- What Matters Most Campaign (Working to expand options and opportunities that meet the broader needs of the diversity community, from services and supports to education and employment)
- Partnerships with Industry (A San Diego-based nonprofit bringing together employers and persons with developmental and other disabilities in win-win partnerships)
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