The article, “Autism Can be an Asset in the Workplace, Employers and Workers Find” lists concerns regarding individuals with autism finding successful jobs, and is full of ideas to start us thinking about how to address those concerns (please click here to read the article). Noguchi (2016) reports,
As the population of people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder keeps growing, so does the number of people with that diagnosis who aren’t finding employment.
When we learned that last year — that about 40 percent of people were never getting employment or continuing their education — we wondered, ‘Why is that, and what happens to them?’ “
Young people on the spectrum — just like other young people — are eager to live independently and work, she and her team found as they looked deeper. But social services aimed at helping children overcome early deficits in communication and problems with social skills become less available as those students get older.
It is time to address these concerns. To get these young adults living as independently as possible, participating in society, and ready to work!
Reference: Noguchi, Y. (2016, May 18). Autism can be an asset in the workplace, employers and workers find. Shots: Health news from NPR. Retrieved from http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/05/18/478387452/autism-can-be-an-asset-in-the-workplace-employers-and-workers-find