Adult with ASD and Employment
August 21, 2013
By Autism Society
In January 2009, the U.S. Department of Labor published employment data on people with disabilities (www.dol.gov/odep/) for the first time in history. The report indicated the following: Unemployment is more common among people with disabilities than it is among those who are not disabled. In July 2013, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities was in the double digits, at 14.7 percent, compared to 7.4 percent for those who are not disabled.
A 2009 study showed that the increased prevalence of ASD coupled with unique social, communication, and behavioral characteristics translate into the need for services to help them achieve employment success. Consideration of individual characteristics including strengths, needs, as well as speciﬁc interests, combined with implementation of proper supports can result in successful and ongoing employment.
To look for employment, begin by contacting agencies that may be of help, such as state employment offices, state departments of vocational rehabilitation, social services offices, mental health departments, and disability-specific organizations. Many of these agencies, and other valuable services and supports can be found in the Autism Society's nationwide on-line database, Autism Source.
If you would like information on employment or have questions our Autism SourceTM Information & Referral staff stand ready to help. It’s the nation's oldest, most comprehensive, and effective information and support center for individuals and families affected by autism.
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The Autism Society, the nation’s largest and oldest grassroots autism organization, has chosen Pittsburgh as the host city of its 44th annual conference on autism spectrum disorders.
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Individuals with autism can attend the Autism Society National Conference and Exposition (in Pittsburgh) for FREE this year! Learn more: www.autism-society.org/conference.
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