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Tips To Find Employment For People With Autism

A person with autism can find it difficult to find employment with regular pay. Only about half of adults diagnosed as autistic have found disability employment. Many who have found jobs are overqualified for the work they are performing. Many work only as a volunteer, or in a program outside of the mainstream. However, there are a number of employers who are becoming more open to hiring adults with disabilities, including those with autism.

If you work with a person on the autism spectrum, are a physician with an autistic patient, or are the parent of someone with autism, you should be prepared to help them pass more tests and evaluations than a typical job applicant would be required to complete.

These are some tips that will help you find disability employment for someone with autism. These tips have come from resources, tips, and stories collected from a combination of people, including adults with autism, who are dedicated to increasing disability employment opportunities for adults on the spectrum.

1. Register your name and information on TheSpectrumCareers free website. This site has been designed for and by job seekers who are on the autism spectrum that want to connect with businesses looking to hire persons on the spectrum.

The companies are spread out across the country, and by answering just a few questions, you can begin a job search.

2. Create a list that describes your strengths, skills, what you do best, and what you enjoy doing.

3. Build a list that describes what you see for yourself in the future, and what you think you will be doing. List your dream job and other jobs you would enjoy doing and those you'd consider giving a try.

4. List the names of businesses that you can access through public transportation near you, and those that you are able to walk to.

5. Talk to a counselor at a Vocational Rehabilitation Center about any supports that are available to you. Some of those supports could include help in creating a resume, job coaching, or perhaps job development.

6. Put together a list of all your contacts that will be able to help you get a job. This list will be called your 'network' and is important to start your paperwork. It should include friends, family, neighbors, and other people who know you well.

7. Consider joining job search websites or social network sites to expand your contact list.

8. Create or update your resume. The resume should include your name, telephone number, physical address, as well as your email address. The resume should also include your work history and experiences. If you have performed any volunteer work, this information should also be listed.

9. Write a cover letter for your resume. In this letter, you will introduce yourself and hope that those reading it will consider you for the position. The letter should be informative but short by simply identifying yourself, and stating why you feel the job would be a good match for you.

10. Fill out more than one application. Don't stop after applying for only one position. If you go to a business in person to ask for an application, it will important to wear clothes that are neat and clean. You might want to take a copy of your resume along should they ask for it right away.

11. Practice an interview process. Ask a support person or friend to ask you practice questions. You want the practice as real as possible. Begin by introducing yourself and shaking hands. It is important to work on appropriate eye contact, and you should sit down across from the interviewer. Focus on your strengths and not your weaknesses during the interview.

12. Tape your interview practices and rewatch them to learn from what you did well and on areas that you might need to work on.

Where to Learn More About Disability Employment for Autistic Adults

ABA Pathways is committed to helping you and your family find a brighter future. We create treatment programs to meet individual and family needs. Call today and talk to one of our expert staff members to learn how we can help you find disability employment, and the tools you will need to secure a job.

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