The challenge for meaningful work for adults with ASD
Keywords:Autism, ASD, Work, Employment, Underemployment, Strategies, Role of caregivers
Individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) face many challenges during their lives that range from decoding the public school system, understanding social cues and surviving the challenges inherent in higher education. Perhaps the most significant hurdle for those with ASD to overcome is obtaining meaningful employment upon finishing school. The levels of unemployment and underemployment for those with ASD is scandalously high and despite some efforts being made by a handful of well-meaning employers, too few individuals are given a fair shake in both the hiring process and the workplace once hired. This reality unfortunately leads to far too many talented and innovative individuals with ASD facing working lives of unmitigated frustration and unfulfilled potential.
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