Employment

Those with Asperger profiles often have significant skills, abilities, and talents in a wide range of fields in addition to having a great desire to contribute to society and make a difference in the world. We need people who think differently to innovate, create, and solve problems. Unfortunately, many individuals with Asperger profiles who have these abilities are not given ample opportunities to contribute. Despite the fact that most individuals with Asperger profiles have an above average IQ, roughly 12% of people diagnosed on the autism spectrum are employed full-time; the remaining 88% are either unemployed or underemployed.

In the right environments, with the proper accommodations, and understanding supervisors, people with Asperger profiles can become dependable, loyal, trustworthy, capable, and valuable employees.

Essential Resources:

Employment Bulletin Board
Employment Toolbox 
Life Planning: Employment
LifeMAP Coaching
Resources for Professionals

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Employment and Asperger Syndrome

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  Inadequate vocational services Graduating from high school and transitioning to the world of work is an extremely important and exciting milestone. However, for many young adults with autism obtaining and maintaining employment can present some unique challenges. Unfortunately, despite the... more

Asperger/Autism Spectrum Fact Sheet

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About Asperger/Autism Spectrum: It is neurological and affects the way information is processed in the brain. It is often an invisible difference. Many people appear very competent, but have difficulties in areas of communication and social interaction. It has a genetic and hereditary... more

The Impact of the Pandemic Gives Some Adults a New Perspective on Employment

03/04/2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has been an overwhelming catastrophe on many fronts. In addition to the heartbreaking loss of life and the devastation to the economy, it has played havoc with the daily routines, social connections, and livelihoods of many adults with Asperger/Autism profiles in our... more

(Neuro)diverse Employment Approaches Serve Everyone

03/04/2021
If you’re an employer in 2021, you’re probably thinking a lot about diversity. You likely know why diversity matters in itself. You may also know that there’s a business case for it. Diversity, particularly diversity of thought, helps an organization solve problems in novel ways and... more

Finding the Square Hole for the Square Peg: Autism and Employment HD – Webinar

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2017 Benefits Conference: Employment Materials

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These materials were presented at Asperger Syndrome and Adult Life: Navigating the Massachusetts Public and Private Supports and Service Systems on February 4th, 2017 and are gathered here for review. Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission Overview Elsa Jiménez: Working with Public... more

Adults with Asperger Syndrome: Is Occupational Therapy Right for You?

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Elaine Hill works at the Center for the Disabled in Albany, NY, in a day rehab program. She has over 13 years of experience in occupational therapy. Young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome may face challenges with social interaction, impaired motor skills, sensory processing issues, repetitive... more

Tips from an Aspie for Success in the Workplace

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By Sam Farmer Considering my Asperger’s diagnosis, I feel very fortunate to have had a wealth of career successes over the years. As a result, I have much to share regarding what has contributed to this success. Hopefully at least some of what I have to say proves to be beneficial to you with... more

Helping Adults with Asperger Syndrome Get and Stay Hired

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Employment expert Barbara Bissonnette provides strategies that professionals and parents can use to work alongside individuals with Asperger/Autism profiles to help find and keep manageable jobs. Career counselors and coaches, vocational rehabilitation specialists, other professionals, and... more

Parallel Play Book Talk

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Tim Page, author of Parallel Play, discusses growing up with Asperger Syndrome and making his way in the... more

Transitioning from High School to College or Employment

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Robin Lurie-Meyerkopf shares practical strategies for transitioning to... more

The Hidden Curriculum of Keeping A Job

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Learn about the hidden rules of the workplace and how you can manage when you are on the autism... more

Enhancing Employment Opportunities for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome and Related Profiles

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This video discusses the strengths and weaknesses of people who have Asperger Syndrome or related profiles as it relates to the work environment. It focuses on the challenges that those individuals face and the supports that can help them... more

Autism Without Fear: Examining the Legitimacy of Autism Life Coaches

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Over the last five years there’s been a noticeable increase in people with varying experience levels promoting themselves as “autism life coaches” — people who advertise their services to adults on the spectrum, parents or partners. Read... more

Neurodiversity: The Benefits of Recruiting Employees with Cognitive Disabilities

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The growing interest in neurodiversity—hiring people with cognitive disabilities like Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)—is motivated by companies looking to tap into a largely unnoticed labor pool at a time when many bemoan the lack of skilled... more