Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

The Southeast TACE Region IV, a project of the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University and the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities - University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, University of South Florida hosted a Learning Community on Autism and Employment. It was comprised of four webinars and subsequent conference discussions that provided an introduction to the topic of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and employment for people with ASD. These interactions defined and clarified ASD, shared wonderful and specific examples of cases and practices related to employment from both consumer and provider points-of-view, identified and detailed effective best practices for this topic and resulted in the group’s charge of choosing important information from the experience and how to best convey and disseminate it most effectively and efficiently to colleagues.

The document below was created by the Learning Community participants with the intent to provide a context within which service provision for the population will be increased and improved wherever the information is shared and incorporated into practice.
Autism Spectrum Disorders & Employment Learning Community Final Project Report

Here’s What Some Participants had to say:
I was fortunate to be able to participate in the recent TACE webinar series on autism. After thirty- one years as a vocational rehab counselor serving a general caseload, this webinar series was very enlightening. Not only did I learn about ASD itself, but also learned much about the employability of individuals with ASD. The most beneficial webinar was from the mother whose sons were successfully employed. The insights into the needs, unique (often simple) accommodations, and the success they achieved gave me a new appreciation of the employment potential involved.” - Doug Warren, CRC, Counselor Senior, MS Dept. of Rehabilitation Services

The Autism Spectrum Disorder and Employment Learning Community was a great catalyst for ideas on how to improve advocacy and service delivery for our consumers. It promoted exploration of employment barriers for individuals with Autism and more importantly within rehabilitation service delivery systems. Valuable information on current best practices was detailed and a permanent reference for service supports was established. Thanks Southeast TACE!” - Michael W. Wall, LPC, Rehabilitation Counselor, North Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation