Autism and Career Assistance

Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative

Career assistance

by Laura Geggel | Sept 6, 2013

Like any high school or college student, those with autism who do internships and receive career advice also improve their chances of landing a job.

There are few career services for young people with autism once they graduate from high school, which contributes to an unemployment rate as high as 90 percent among adults with the disorder.

A new study offers some ways to mitigate these odds somewhat: Like any high school or college student, those with autism who do internships and receive career advice also improve their chances of landing a job.

After completing a nine-month high school program of rotating internships, 21 of 24 students with autism found jobs compared with 1 of 16 who did not do internships or receive extra career support, according to the study, published 27 July in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

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DO-IT | Univ. of Washington

(Disabilities, Opportunities, Internet-working, and Technology)

Mission: DO-IT serves to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs and careers. It promotes the use of computer and networking technologies to increase independence, productivity, and participation in education and employment.

Phone: (206) 685-DOIT or (888) 972-DOIT

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FEAT Transition for Teens

The FEAT (Families for Effective Autism Treatment) Transitions for Teens program seeks to increase social competence and skills to help adolescents access and navigate their world.

The core curriculum is designed to build skills in self-determination, social/communication, self-advocacy, self-management, navigation, leisure, health, hygiene, safety, daily living, and academics.

Phone: (206) 763-3373

Life after high school, ten skills to teach your child

By Diane Adreon, M.A.
Autism Support Network

Teaching adaptive behavior is one of the areas that are often overlooked for  high-functioning individuals with autism spectrum disorders. However, adaptive  behaviors have a tremendous impact on our ability to use our skills in common  situations in everyday life. The following adaptive behavior skills are  important if our children are going to experience success without our daily  assistance. Of course, every child is different. Often it is not possible to  master these skills by the end of high school. However, most of our children can  improve and become more independent if we consciously work on skills in these  areas.

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Milestones for Young Adults

Milestones For Young Adults/Transition to Independent Living is for men and women who need help transitioning into adulthood and the more complex society we live in today.

Milestones is based in the town of Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho


New Directions Programs for Young Adults with Aspergers, ADHD, etc.

New Directions is a comprehensive program that provides young adults with the opportunity to pursue higher education and/or vocational goals, and transition into independence.

Our staff work closely with students to enhance their skills in a variety of areas. We provide structured tutoring so as to enhance academic skills; facilitate group outings so as to develop social skills; and provide instruction in independent living skills, such as grocery shopping, cooking and paying bills.

Students live independently in apartments located within the same living space as the New Directions offices/staff and receive intensive support to achieve their goals.

Phone: Dr. Drew Rubin @ (954) 571-5102 or (954) 571-5202

Preparing for the World of Work

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The OARacle | October 2012

How to

By Aaron Greene and Beth Thompson

15 Tips from a Teen with Autism
Preparing for the World of Work

Aaron Greene is a senior at Beachwood High School in Beachwood, Ohio. He is active in the marching band and enjoys playing music in his free time. Aaron participates in many community activities and enjoys spending time in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, where he hopes to live as an adult. He aspires to work in the music industry field after graduation from high school.

Beth Thomson | Teen/adult service coordinator

Beth Thompson, teen/adult service coordinator at Milestones, worked with Greene.

Beth Thompson, MSSA, is the teen/adult services coordinator for Milestones Autism Organization and principal staff for The Roadmap to Adulthood Project. Thompson serves on the Regional Transition Advisory Committee for State Support Team Region 3 where she participates in countywide event planning for students with disabilities graduating from high school. She is certified as a customized employment specialist.

Aaron Greene has always been a good student, but it took learning different skills to prepare him to become a good worker. In the summer of 2011, Greene got his first chance to practice the vocational skills he had learned in a community-based internship with Milestones Autism Organization, located just outside of Cleveland, Ohio. As an intern at Milestones, Greene worked with Teen/Adult Services Coordinator Beth Thompson.

Greene credits his family, teachers, and friends for helping him prepare for his first internship and begin his path towards a productive vocational future. He in turn, wants to pass on the most important things he learned about being a successful intern to other young people on the autism spectrum. Continue Reading →

Seattle Children’s Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center

Seattle Children’s Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center

Seattle Children’s Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center

Seattle Children’s Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center was created to help meet the important needs of adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or other developmental disabilities as they age out of the education system. The Burnett Adult Life Center hosts year-round classes for adults age 18 or older. Our classes promote lifelong learning, enhance quality of life and provide meaningful ways to take part in the community.

Phone: 425-488-6173
Address: 19213 Bothell Way, Bothell, WA 98011

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