Transition Survival 104 – Vocational Topics And Job Coaching SD

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Unemployment in the United States has been higher lately with the current economic situation. Unemployment for people with autism continues to hover around the 50-75% level (Hendricks, 2010), therefore it is imperative that we, as professionals, make sure we are doing everything possible to assist individuals with autism in finding meaningful employment that highlights their strengths, gives them a productive way to make a living wage and allows them to participate in work that they find enjoyable and important.

There are several challenges and barriers that people with autism face as they enter the world of work, including communication challenges, behavioral issues, cognitive difficulties, and an employment environment that doesn’t always understand the supports people with autism need to enhance their work performance. People with co-morbid conditions or who are more cognitively challenged face even more barriers to employment (Hendricks, 2010).

Some of these are:

Getting around their community and using public transportation
Understanding directions
Asking for help
Knowing when to take breaks and/or lunch
Learning and responding to body language
And many other skills and supports, including both natural and external supports.People with autism often learn differently and may require a different level of vocational training and support system. Because people with autism have varying strengths, challenges, and cognitive abilities, it is crucial that, in order to help them learn, practice, and appropriately generalize skills needed for them to be successful in the vocational environment, a thorough assessment is done that includes the job seeker with autism so he or she can provide input about what types of work he or she would like to engage in. It is also important to encourage the job seeker’s self-awareness of his or her strengths, gifts, and differences to empower the job seeker, while helping establish his or her motivation to succeed.

Other topics we will be discussing within this webcast include:

Supervising employees with autism
Employment possibilities including supported employment, job coaching, customized employment, and microenterprise
Interventions that seem to show efficacy in obtaining and supporting individuals in employment situations

Upon completion of Transition Survival 104: Vocational Topics and Job Coaching, participants will:

Identify various techniques to promote successful on-the-job performance
Understand the challenges and barriers to employment that job seekers with autism face
Learn about Vocational Assessments commonly used in practice
Learn how job seekers with autism can be supported to obtain and keep meaningful and lucrative employment
This recorded webcast will total 100 minutes with a review of theory, practice and methodology designed for teachers, paraprofessionals, job coaches, counselors, BCABA’s and BCBA’s working with person’s with autism and/or supervising direct treatment staff, and other professionals working with adolescents and/or adults with autism, Asperger’s and related disorders.

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