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Many people with autism are highly intelligent and are ideally suited to roles in science, IT and technical administration’ and while awareness of what they can offer is growing at corporate level. What’s really making autism register more with employers now is the huge demand for talent, particularly in areas such as IT, where many high performing individuals on the spectrum excel. Employing people with autism has brought a greater sense of cohesion in teams. It has also allowed to bring additional talent on board through a different channel, as people with autism tend to be more technically minded and think in a diverse but structured way. People with autism often have desirable qualities for employers, including high intelligence, careful attention to detail, intense commitment to high quality work and out of the box thinking.

As autistic kids graduate from high school and enter adulthood, parents ask, “What’s next?” Some will go to college, others won’t, but many will want to enter the work force.

"The Good thing Is previous generations of children with autism did not usually have the kind of intensive, early interventions and supports that our current generation has experienced,” Standifer says. Unless they got these types of interventions from “inspired, contrarian parents . What are your interests? Talents? Skills? Consider temperament, personality, and values. Understanding one’s skills and abilities, along with some research of various career possibilities before starting a new job.specific employment training programs and strategies to successful employment are also introduced in regards to supported employment, transition services, assistive technology, and multidisciplinary collaboration.

Technology is leading the improvement of daily living skills, such as the independence and employment of people with disabilities During the past few decades, a variety of technologies, such as tactile prompting, picture guiding, audio cuing, video modeling, computer-aided instruction, virtual reality, and robotics, have been developed and implemented among individuals with ASD for different training purposes .Disability-Related Benefits Assistive Technology recently developed an internet-based training program for social skills that is especially relevant to job searching and job interviews .But what kind of work is the individual suited for? Everyone on the spectrum is different. Deciding on a career path involves learning about yourself:

Why IT companies are hiring employees on the autism spectrum ?

Many people with autism are highly intelligent and are ideally suited to roles in science, IT and technical administration, They are often very good at error detection and pay great attention to detail. they quickly become part of a team, are engaged employees and extremely hard working

How Phoenix became the most autistic-friendly city in the world

Matt Resnik has helped changed the face of autism in his hometown. When he was diagnosed as a child, his parents poured their hearts into getting him therapy, even launching an organization, in hopes he would outgrow his challenges and find his place as an independent adult in the world. Instead, they’ve helped shape the world around him

Microsoft Hiring autistic workers

Nearly three years ago, when tech giant Microsoft announced that it was starting a pilot program to hire autistic workers, they received more than 700 resumes within a few weeks. German software maker SAP has instituted a program to bring people with autism into its workforce worldwide, and other companies are following suit. By all accounts, giving those on the spectrum an opportunity to use their talents productively has been a tremendous success. Lee Cowan looks at the changing face of workplace diversity.

SAP in India continues hiring for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism at Work” is SAP’s global initiative working closely with the community to foster better education and training for individuals with ASD. SAP has partnered with Specialisterne and EnAble India to harness the talents and in training of people with autism to work in technology-oriented jobs such as software testing, programming and data management .SAP Labs India has announced a new wave of recruitment as a part of its global “Autism at Work” initiative which focuses on individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This follows SAP’s announcement of a partnership in 2013 with Specialisterne, a social business based in Denmark focused on helping people with autism find employment Globally.

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Dell Neurodiversity Hiring Program

The Dell Autism Hiring Program was launched with the intent to provide career readiness training and possible full-time career opportunities for neurodivergent job seekers. Eligible candidates will be pre-screened by Dell staff and by our external partner, Neurodiversity In The Workplace. Qualified candidates will be invited to participate in a skill-based alternative interview process.

The interview process is designed to provide customized supports and to help each candidate demonstrate their skills to the hiring team through various projects and manager interactions.

Companies seeking out potential employees with autism

Many adults with autism have a hard time finding a job, but more companies are discovering the unique skills and potential people with autism offer. Anderson Cooper reports.

SAI Bakery offers adults with developmental disabilities space to bond & learn

Started in 2013, SAI, which stands for Society All Inclusive, has acquired quite a name as a unique neighbourhood initiative for adults with developmental disabilities. The idea of starting this bakery, says founder Sumithra Prasad, came from her son Srinivasa, who has Asperger’s syndrome and ADHD. In 2015, SAI Bakery was also chosen as one of the Best Practices for Rehabilitation of Adults with Different Disabilities by the National Institute for Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities (NIEPMD) in Chennai. Apart from the bakery, there is a SAI Creations centre which focuses on the expressive arts and tactile colour therapy concepts. A big part of this is recycling where plastic waste and paper is used to make paintings, etc. There is SAI Nursery as well, where adults with developmental disabilities grow different varieties of plants.

ACCENTURE Enabling change by unleashing abilities

At Accenture, more than 38,000 persons with disabilities are building rewarding careers in a barrier-free and accessible workplace. If you have the curiosity to learn, advance in a culture of shared success and be your best true self, together we can make incredible things happen. Accenture is committed to accelerating equality for all and to creating an inclusive, accessible workplace that supports our Accenture persons with disabilities (PwD). Accenture Provide latest technologies, tools and training help PwD perform at their full potential. They have strong network of 36,000+ PwD Champions in 52 countries. Accentures 6,000+ PwD Champions actively participate in programs and events that engage, celebrate and raise awareness about PwD. Together, there enabling change for our people with visible and invisible disabilities.

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People with autism recruited for skilled jobs People with autism often struggle with job interviews. A company is recruiting people on the autism spectrum for firms in need of skilled workers.

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SAI Bakery offers adults with developmental disabilities space to bond & learn

Started in 2013, SAI, which stands for Society All Inclusive, has acquired quite a name as a unique neighbourhood initiative for adults with developmental disabilities. The idea of starting this bakery, says founder Sumithra Prasad, came from her son Srinivasa, who has Asperger’s syndrome and ADHD. In 2015, SAI Bakery was also chosen as one of the Best Practices for Rehabilitation of Adults with Different Disabilities by the National Institute for Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities (NIEPMD) in Chennai. Apart from the bakery, there is a SAI Creations centre which focuses on the expressive arts and tactile colour therapy concepts. A big part of this is recycling where plastic waste and paper is used to make paintings, etc. There is SAI Nursery as well, where adults with developmental disabilities grow different varieties of plants.

Exceptional Minds provides real-world training for its students.

Exceptional Minds

CBS Sports, Exceptional Minds Create New Career Paths in Media Management for Autism Community

Exceptional Minds, a California non-profit preparing young adults on the autism spectrum for creative careers in the entertainment industry, is looking to create job opportunities for its graduates beyond Hollywood.These two paths have converged at CBS Sports, where a pair of Exceptional Minds graduates — Adam Schuering and Michael Cicerelli — are working and thriving in the media-management department under VP, Post-Production and Media Operations, Ed Coleman.Exceptional Minds provides critical technical and work-readiness training customized to help its students achieve their full artistic and professional potential, creating a new pipeline of talented media professionals and fostering inclusive hiring practices. Exceptional Minds and its partners are building a future where neurodiverse perspectives are vital to advancing a more empowered and inclusive society.

The Following knowledge is vital to choosing an appropriate career direction.

  • The first step in developing strategies for success in the workplace and knowing what accommodations will facilitate success.

  • Remember that the goal of all this is to find a suitable work environment..

  • Finding that good fit for people on the spectrum can be very difficult. We may be qualified, but that doesn’t mean it will be a good fit.

  • We need to maximize the probability of workplace success in order to achieve success in employment,

  • it’s crucial to have a good grasp of individual strengths and weaknesses.

  • A thorough psycho-vocational assessment is an important step towards self-awareness.

  • access to adequate vocational services is another identified challenge to successful employment.

Employer Support For Youth With ASD - Individuals with ASD can work in competitive integrated employment with supports

Positive Behavior Supports are an essential way to address the social skill differences and behavior challenges of youth with ASD

Employment may be therapeutic for individuals with ASD in independence, social awareness, social cognition, and social communication Job Seeker Profile

Directs the job development path

Focus on skills, abilities, interests, preferences, and ideal features of employment

Employment planning meeting Job Seeker Driven ,Organic process based on jobseeker profile

Meet jobseeker & family/support team to conduct intake ○ Past employment & volunteer experience/CBI’s ○ Reported interests, skills, abilities, likes, dislikes ○ Behavior support needs & challenges ○ Preferred communication & teaching styles

Skills Assessments ,Skills, preferences, stamina, sensory needs ○ Novel & Familiar environments and activities

Some job tips for people with autism or Asperger's syndrome:

Jobs should have a well-defined goal or endpoint.

Sell your work, not your personality. Make a portfolio of your work.

The boss must recognize your social limitations.

iPad as an innovative employment support tool for young adults with ASD. iPad would be more readily adopted by individuals with ASD because they help to diminish potential stigma associated with Assistive Technology (AT) use

Challenges in the working world

One workplace difficulty for people with autism is trouble following social cues. struggle with social skills like reading body language or being comfortable in a group. This can lead to missed opportunities at work and misunderstandings with bosses and coworkers. It may take more effort for an autistic person to focus in a traditional work environment. Coworkers may see them as distracted or unmotivated. Changes in routines or unexpected tasks may also be more stressful for autistic people.

Many autistic people have co-occurring conditions (like OCD, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, ADHD (see best jobs for ADHD), PTSD, etc) that can increase their disability. Issues like executive dysfunction, sensory processing disorders, and chronic pain will reduce the number of working hours an autistic person can sustain.

People discriminate against autistic people all the time. Workplace discrimination and bullying in the workplace are significant barriers to both attaining and maintaining employment. Additionally, workplace policies and interview practices are often so antithetical to the autistic way of being that they serve to systematically exclude us rather than fairly consider us.people with ASD may face in finding and maintaining employment. Social difficulties, comorbidity, education level, family support, employers’ attitudes, access to services, and disability incentives have been implicated as factors that play an important role in predicting employment.

TEACCH® Autism Program

TEACCH Employment Services assists older persons with autism, helping them to become as independent as possible by assisting them in finding and maintaining useful employment in stable, predictable and rewarding work environments. Since its inception in 1989, this program has used a variety of job support models to assist more than 500 people with autism to secure gainful employment and to become productive, tax-paying members of their communities.To make a referral for TEACCH Employment Services please contact the regional center in your service area to make a referral for these services.

Making a portfolio of your work

Choosing the Right Job for People with Autism or Asperger's Syndrome

It is important that high functioning autistics and Asperger's syndrome people pick a college major in an area where they can get jobs. Computer science is a good choice because it is very likely that many of the best programmers have either Asperger's syndrome or some of its traits. Other good majors are: accounting, engineering, library science, and art with an emphasis on commercial art and drafting. Majors in history, political science, business, English or pure math should be avoided.

Some individuals while they are still in high school should be encouraged to take courses at a local college in drafting, computer programming or commercial art. This will help keep them motivated. A person with Asperger's syndrome or autism has to compensate for poor social skills by making themselves so good in a specialized field that people will be willing to "buy" their skill even though social skills are poor. Learn a few social survival skills, but you will make friends at work by sharing your shared interest with the other people who work in your specialty.

Bad Jobs for People with High Functioning Autism or Asperger's Syndrome: Jobs that require high demands on short-term working memory

Cashier -- making change quickly puts too much demand on short-term working memory

Short order cook -- Have to keep track of many orders and cook many different things at the same time

Waitress -- Especially difficult if have to keep track of many different tables

Casino dealer -- Too many things to keep track of

Taxi dispatcher -- Too many things to keep track of

Taking oral dictation -- Difficult due to auditory processing problems

Airline ticket agent -- Deal with angry people when flights are cancelled

Future market trader -- Totally impossible

Air traffic controller -- Information overload and stress

Receptionist and telephone operator -- Would have problems when the switch board got busy

Good Jobs for Visual Thinkers

Computer programming -- Wide-open field with many jobs available especially in industrial automation, software design, business computers, communications and network systems

Drafting -- Engineering drawings and computer aided drafting. This job can offer many opportunities. Drafting is an excellent portal of entry for many interesting technical jobs. I know people who started out at a company doing drafting and then moved into designing and laying out entire factories. To become really skilled at drafting, one needs to learn how to draw by hand first. I have observed that most of the people who draw beautiful drawings on a computer learned to draw by hand first. People who never learn to draw by hand first tend to leave important details out of their drawings.

Commercial art -- Advertising and magazine layout can be done as freelance work

Photography -- Still and video, TV cameraman can be done as freelance work

Equipment designing -- Many industries, often a person starts as a draftsman and then moves into designing factory equipment

Animal trainer or veterinary technician -- Dog obedience trainer, behavior problem consultant

Automobile mechanic -- Can visualize how the entire car works

Computer-troubleshooter and repair -- Can visualize problems in computers and networks

Small appliance and lawnmower repair -- Can make a nice local business

Handcrafts of many different types such as wood carving, jewelry making, ceramics, etc.

Laboratory technician -- Who modifies and builds specialized lab equipment

Web page design -- Find a good niche market can be done as freelance work

Building trades -- Carpenter or welder. These jobs make good use of visual skills but some people will not be able to do them well due to motor and coordination problems.

Video game designer -- Stay out of this field. Jobs are scarce and the field is overcrowded. There are many more jobs in industrial, communications business and software design computer programming. Another bad thing about this job is exposure to violent images.

Computer animation -- Visual thinkers would be very good at this field, but there is more competition in this field than in business or industrial computer programming. Businesses are recruiting immigrants from overseas because there is a shortage of good programmers in business and industrial fields.

Building maintenance -- Fixes broken pipes, windows and other things in an apartment complex, hotel or office building

Factory maintenance -- Repairs and fixes factory equipment

Good Jobs for Non-Visual Thinkers: Those who are good at math, music or facts

Accounting -- Get very good in a specialized field such as income taxes

Library science -- reference librarian. Help people find information in the library or on the Internet.

Computer programming -- Less visual types can be done as freelance work

Engineering -- Electrical, electronic and chemical engineering

Journalist -- Very accurate facts, can be done as freelance

Copy editor -- Corrects manuscripts. Many people freelance for larger publishers

Taxi driver -- Knows where every street is

Inventory control -- Keeps track of merchandise stocked in a store

Tuning pianos and other musical instruments, can be done as freelance work

Laboratory technician -- Running laboratory equipment

Bank Teller -- Very accurate money counting, much less demand on short-term working memory than a busy cashier who mostly makes change quickly

Clerk and filing jobs -- knows where every file is

Telemarketing -- Get to repeat the same thing over and over, selling on the telephone. Noisy environment may be a problem. Telephone sales avoids many social problems.

Statistician -- Work in many different fields such as research, census bureau, industrial quality control, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, etc.

Physicist or mathematician -- There are very few jobs in these fields. Only the very brilliant can get and keep jobs. Jobs are much more plentiful in computer programming and accounting.

Jobs for Nonverbal People with Autism or People with Poor Verbal Skills

Reshelving library books -- Can memorize the entire numbering system and shelf locations

Factory assembly work -- Especially if the environment is quiet

Copy shop -- Running photocopies. Printing jobs should be lined up by somebody else

Janitor jobs -- Cleaning floors, toilets, windows and offices

Restocking shelves -- In many types of stores

Recycling plant -- Sorting jobs

Warehouse -- Loading trucks, stacking boxes

Lawn and garden work -- Mowing lawns and landscaping work

Data entry -- If the person has fine motor problems, this would be a bad job

Fast food restaurant -- Cleaning and cooking jobs with little demand on short-term memory

Plant care -- Water plants in a large office building

Worst Jobs for Autistic Adults and Aspergers –

People with Aspergers / Autism may be able to earn a living but there are jobs that aren’t the best fit for them.

1. Salesperson

Salespersons are expected to be eloquent, persuasive and knowledgeable about their products. They are required to memorize a lot of information including product specifications, prices, and so on. Salespersons are also expected to be very interactive, articulate and very expressive. All these boxes cannot be ticked by Autistic adults.

For one, Autistic adults are largely known for non-verbal communication and social isolation which makes it difficult for them to communicate eloquently or even be interactive with customers.

Also, they would have difficulties memorizing product specifications and fluctuating prices due to their low cognitive abilities especially when it comes to short-term memory. This is why salesperson is one of the worst jobs for Autistic adults or Aspergers.

2. Artisan

Artisans undertake a lot of physically demanding tasks and activities. Mechanics have to carry, move and fix heavy spare parts. Masons have to carry and arrange heavy building materials like blocks, cement, gravel, stones, etc. Carpenters have to carry and assemble heavy furniture fixtures and fittings. Artisans do the dirtiest works in the most uncomfortable places and under extreme working conditions.

Autistic adults / Aspergers suffer from muscle discomforts such as the inability to combine muscle movements, poor coordination and so on. As such, medically, it is not advisable for people with Autism or Aspergers to undertake physically demanding jobs, hence, why artisan is one of the worst jobs for Autistic adults / Aspergers.

3. Sportsman / Fitness Coach

Sportsmen & Fitness Coach undergo rigorous training regimens, strict diet schedules, exhaustive physical activities, nerve-racking pressure to perform well, coupled with the regular stress of daily living.

There are different sports with varying strenuous demands. Almost every sports profession including weight lifting, American football, rugby, swimming, track and field, football, basketball, volleyball and many more are too tedious and stressful for Autistic people.

People with Autism / Aspergers suffer from poor coordination and fidgeting which would make it hard for them to survive in any sports profession. They are also known to be sensitive to sound and very irritable. As such, a profession with so much noise and crowd like sportsmen is one of the worst jobs for Aspergers.

4. Receptionist

The job of a receptionist requires a lot of soft skills, something many people with Autism / Aspergers do not have. The requisite soft skills to be a receptionist include organizational skills, interpersonal skills, multi-tasking skills, confidence, and much more. A receptionist must be interactive, jovial, accommodating and friendly.

They also work in fast-paced environments and endure the stress of dealing with the traffic of clients and customers. Such stress can trigger people with Aspergers / Autism to exhibit anger, anxiety or apprehension.

Likewise, the ability of adults with Autism to self-isolate and exhibit restricted behavior makes receptionist one of the worst jobs for Autistic adults.

5.Healthcare Worker doctor measuring blood pressure of a patient

Healthcare workers are one of the professionals working under the most strenuous conditions. Be it orthopedics, nurses, doctors, or surgeons, the stress of the job can be very exhaustive.