Image via WikipediaICI - Supporting Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Quality Employment Practices: "Over the past few years, much attention and research has focused on persons with ASD. There are reasons to be optimistic that employment outcomes for this population can and will continue to improve:
* Expanding knowledge base about effective employment supports for workers with ASD
* Growing public understanding and sensitivity about individuals with autism
* Tremendous potential of assistive technology
* Growing recognition that autism is not a “vocational disorder”
Individuals with ASD can work, but we need to match them with jobs that build on their strengths and interests. At the same time, we need to carefully consider the demands of particular jobs, the physical and social environments, and how we might provide instruction or accommodations that will make success possible. This requires precise support and planning, collaboration, creative strategizing, and, most importantly, an intimate understanding of the person with ASD as a unique individual. This takes time, perseverance, and commitment, but it works!"