Workplace Resources for Autism Spectrum Disorder
It is estimated that more than 3.5 million Americans live with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Within the range of ASD, one person may have a high level of intelligence but not have the basic social skills required to navigate everyday life. In contrast, another person may have delayed learning of language skills. Overall, ASD affects each individual differently with a range of symptoms occurring at varying intensities from mild to severe in relation to social and communication skills.
Today, employers are increasingly finding that individuals with ASD are productive employees who have specialized skills, detail oriented, and excel at meeting deadlines. The following resources are listed to increase awareness on how through providing the proper support, people with ASD can find meaningful work while employers also benefit from their unique skills in the workplace.
Understanding Autism: An Employer’s Guide - Link to resource guide published by Organization for Autism Research to help front line supervisors support their employees with autism. Guide provides basic information about autism as well as keys to success that supervisors can use as they orient, train, and support the professional growth of their employees.
A Parent’s Guide to Employment for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Link to resource guide published by Autism Speaks outlining a parent’s perspective on how to help one’s son or daughter successfully find and maintain employment.
Accommodation Ideas for Autism Spectrum Disorders - Link to the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) on accommodation ideas to support individuals with autism succeed in the workplace.