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The ASD population continues to be chronically underemployed or not employed at all. In 2019, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 19.3 percent of persons with a disability were employed, compared with 66.3 percent of those without a disability. The unemployment rate for people with ASD continues to hover at around 80%.
There are several reasons for this statistic:
1. We don’t start work experience and transition to work planning early enough.
2. More work is needed on the soft skills such as interacting with people.
3. Not enough practice time on direct skills such a tasks completion to obtain critical mass.
4. No knowledge of the hidden curriculum in the workplace.
5. Executive functioning difficulties.
6. Mental health issues such as anxiety or depression.
7. Not enough support and collaboration from agencies for job seekers.
8. A lack of suitable training programs.
9. The person seeking employment does not know enough about themselves.
10. The person seeking employment does not know what they would like to do.
Understanding yourself, dreams, and interests can lead to a job.
A person has to figure out where they want to go in life and what steps can take them there.
The next thing to do is teach the individual how to share information about themselves and build their own team that supports attaining their goals.
This is an exciting part, but also the most challenging – how do you find a job and keep it?
Throughout this post, there are many links to further resources on the points outlined. The resource used for this post was Planning the Transition to Employment.
For further reading on employment, have a look at our Employment section in our bookstore.
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