As high school student on the autism spectrum, students have strengths and abilities that employers are just beginning to understand. I have written this Employment Tool Kit to help them research and find and keep employment in the current, competitive labor market.
Although this Employment Tool Kit is geared towards the student, I know that families, transition coordinators, vocational rehabilitation staff, business leaders and anyone who is helping someone with autism find and keep employment will also find this resource helpful.
I have used this resource with the Uptimize online program as a resource or simply by itself in the classroom. It is self-explanatory and will engage students into finding and securing an area of passion that can generate income.
Components in this mini course includes 17 lessons:
Know Your Strengths
The Job Description
Research the Job
How to Apply
Practice the Interview
Before/After the Interview
Late or Unable to Attend
Dress for Success
How to Impress
Looking for a job can be a long process. It is important to focus on the positive steps to gaining employment such as networking and meeting new people, learning about strengths, learning new skills, and exploring careers. Implementing this program will help your students job search which includes the people that they know best to help gain confidence. It is also important to gain aid from a supported employment agency in your area. Or, you can begin a work study program as we did gaining valuable community employers who were willing to give our students high school credit while gaining experience in the work force.