Preparing for Employment E-Book
Having a job can enhance a person’s quality of life. Not only does it provide an income, but it also builds skills, connects people, expands a person’s community contacts, and brings focus to the day.
In 2015, the United Nations website stated that approximately 80% of autistic adults are unemployed. There are a number of barriers that keep this statistic so high such as a shortage of job training programs, inadequate support for job placement, a lack of supports/accommodations in the workplace, and pervasive discrimination.
Autistic individuals can bring a lot to a job such as dependability, reliability, concentration, memory skills, attention to detail and accuracy, and factual knowledge, just to name a few. Every person is unique with their own talents, abilities, and interests. We need to find the right supports and a structured environment to nurture these capabilities.