Autism & Employment

Recognizing that many individuals with autism have grown with us, these young adults will now begin to seek employment opportunities in ever-increasing numbers.  As we emphasize: vocational skill building, employability skills and employment opportunities, we are also excited to collaborate to improve employment outcomes and creating new resources.

Autism Society of America


Employment should take advantage of the individual's strengths and abilities. Temple Grandin, Ph.D., suggests, "jobs should have a well-defined goal or endpoint," and that your "boss must recognize your social limitations." In A Parent's Guide to Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism, the authors describe three employment possibilities: competitive, supported, and secure or sheltered.

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Autism: Making it Work 

This 60 minute program will explore the growing needs of adolescent and young adults with autism. In 1991 the number of autism cases increased sharply. That population will begin exiting the school system to enter the general population. What are their needs? What can parents do to plan for their future? What?s in place to ensure their success?

Segment One: Transition. In the first segment, host Lillian Vasquez talks with professionals who have worked in the field and followed the cases of children, now nearing adulthood. Author and professor Stephen Shore who was diagnosed with Autism as a child, will share his story of surviving the autism maze, and how he is coping with the demands of our modern society.

Segment Two: Working. A look at a national company that is meeting the challenge head-on by training and employing individuals with disabilities. We'll learn this company?s corporate philosophy and how it was inspired Two young men diagnosed with Autism will share how they like their jobs and learn the challenges they faced when entering the workforce.

Segment Three: Law Enforcement. Then explore how law enforcement and first responders can play a pivotal role with individuals with autism. Dennis Debbaudt (law enforcement training expert) will share the importance of preparing officers and other first responders for the challenges they might face or problems that may occur when dealing with someone with autism. We?ll visit one police department embracing the idea of training and hear one officer's story of how the training made a difference.

Segment Four: Sailing. In the last segment, board a sailboat in Southern California to learn how one man's love of the water and his desire to give back to the autism community allow him and him to take families sailing. Discover how more families with autism can experience sailing and how sailboat owner may get involved.

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