New Strategies for Job Seekers

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Adults with autism may often find it difficult when searching for employment. Even with the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 it is estimated that about 60-70% of individuals with autism are still unemployed.

Activities that are associated with obtaining a job include networking and interviewing. Both of these steps involve making social interactions and connections that can pose a challenge.

However, Michael S. Bernick and Richard Holden, the authors of The Autism Job Club: The Neurodiverse Workforce in the New Normal of Employment, have compiled a how-to guide to overcome these obstacles. This breakthrough book has offered in-depth information on the current job climates and where someone with autism might fit in. Furthermore, the authors discuss different insights and approaches on employment.

The book has its ties with San Francisco based nonprofit organization AASCEND (Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome Coalition for Education, Networking and Development). They explore the following concepts: the autism advantage in the technology sector, autism and the Internet economy, and autism employment within the practical/craft economy. Their main purpose is to help job seekers take advantage of opportunities that are suitable for their own mental framework.

Here are a few additional pointers mentioned:

  • Highlight your strengths and interests. There is no “one size” fits all job position for adults with autism. They will vary and should cater to what one excel’s at.
  • Take advantage of a job coach. This can be done privately or through government assistance. Job coaches help with placement and development of skills for that specific occupation.
  • Apply for different levels. Consider applying for different positions or even in different departments. Don’t be afraid to take a lower job title or even a volunteer position to try and get in the door.
  • Be upfront with your autism. Now that awareness and education is more widespread, there is a higher likeliness employers are familiar with autism. Once they are aware, most employers are accommodating.
  • Participate within the autism community. Become more involved with the people around you. There are opportunities and support that can be found within various organizations.

By Raiza Belarmino

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