Internships and volunteering can aid students and young adults in gathering skills and exploring career options. There is a lot of value in starting this process early by trying different types of organizations or exploring interests. In order to become job-ready, students and young adults are encouraged to try jobs, volunteer, and participate in internships—like

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in Employment by Sara Colorosa, PhD

In 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 59 children in the United States have been diagnosed with an autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) and over one million in the United Kingdom. Those numbers are expected to rise significantly over time. When these children reach adult age and begin to seek employment,

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in Employment by Karra Wada

Determining a career path for young adults on the spectrum can be challenging for both parents and young adults. There are simple steps to work through with your young adult to get clarity on potential career options and interests. When starting career exploration, knowing how a young adult learned and processed information while in school

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in Employment by Sara Colorosa, PhD

Hi, my name is Leanne, I’m 26 years old and have Asperger’s syndrome. I know from experience that it can be very hard for people with autism or other special needs to get and keep a job and that for some, having any job can be a dream come true. Here are some examples of

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in Employment by Leanne Strong

The job of “raising” a son or daughter significantly impacted by autism spectrum disorder (ASD) does not come to an end when your child reaches the age of majority. It just shifts to a new realm. Indeed, adulthood brings significant new worries and new challenges. Vital concerns for parents of emerging adult children with ASD

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in Employment by Gregg Ireland

Luke, a towheaded boy on the autism spectrum, jolted upright in his seat as the director of special education, a woman in her mid-forties, announced that he was to repeat the 8th grade. Again. He gazed at me with a doe-eyed look that made my heart lurch, as if imploring Help me, Mom. I cleared

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in Employment by Scarlett South, RN

For women with Asperger’s, the workplace can be a very isolated place. Organizations are social environments, which is uniquely challenging for Aspie Women. In the workplace, women tend to form cliques, social groups, and tribes that neurotypical women are more naturally enabled to understand and navigate. In organizations that I have observed, there is a

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in Employment by Sharon Link, PhD

As a special education teacher and a caretaker for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), I constantly worry about the futures of my students/clients. More specifically, I wonder whether or not they will be able to acquire employment. For some individuals, such as those with high-functioning autism and Asperger’s, there are several vocational training programs

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in Employment by Karlyn Habenstein

The future job market is looking bright for many people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Large companies such as Microsoft, EY, and Utah-based Chargeback have piloted neurodiversity programs that aim to employ adults who are on the spectrum. The main objective of the program is to explore the possible benefits of hiring employees with varying

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in Employment by Ava Wadaby

“I need to have some tangible success in my life. I want to get up in the morning…and think, Okay, I’m going to work. What am I going to do today at work? And when I come home in the evening feel like I’ve had a long fulfilling day and I’m earning my money. That

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in Employment by Marcelle Ciampi, MEd

After I graduated from Oral Roberts University with a Master of Divinity, I was employed four years as a youth pastor. When metro Detroit experienced harsh economic conditions due to the automotive industry I found myself unemployed. For the next two years I struggled for steady employment and sank into a finical sinkhole, unable to

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in Employment by Ron Sandison