A diagnosis of Autism does not mean the individual cannot work. In fact, individuals with Autism have shown that they can be excellent examples for what an ideal employee should be. Vocational (employment) training should begin before the child leaves high school. It should be part of the transition plan to adulthood. Check out the following resources below when considering employment or hiring an individual with Autism.
If you are an individual with Autism looking for work, check out the following links:
- “Choosing the Right Job for People with Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome” by Temple Grandin
- “Finding work interactive: A DIGITAL WORKBOOK TO HELP AUTISTIC ADULTS WITH JOB SEARCHING AND WORK PREPARATION.” An Interactive ebook. Author: The National Autistic Society. You will need to enter your email address and a link will be sent to you so you can download the ebook.
If you are an employer hiring an individual with Autism, check out the following links:
- Interviewing Guide (from www.fraser.org)
- Employer’s Guide to Supervising an Individual with Autism (from www.rit.edu)
Companies that higher individuals with Autism
- Specialisterne, a socially innovative company where the majority of employees have a diagnosis on the autism spectrum. This company has locations around the world including Canada and the US.