Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Autistic employees have these sought for job skills - DESERT NEWS

by Sarah Anderson 
Originally published: July 28, 2016

Those with autism have a hard time finding a job and dealing with workplace minutia once they have one, often because of the isolating nature of the disorder.

While many on the autism spectrum are termed "high functioning" and can live a relatively unimpeded life, a recent study from the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute in Philadelphia shows that about 40 percent don’t find work, according to NPR.

Part of the problem is that there are few resources available for adults rather than children on the autism spectrum, with 50,000 on the spectrum entering adulthood every year, NPR noted.

Still, there are programs available. The Atlantic reported recently about the Dan Marino Foundation in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, that helps young adults with autism train through virtual job interviews, “a hurdle that otherwise can be insurmountable for job seekers with autism.” The foundation also teaches workplace skills and industry certification training.