Ruth Dunigan is proud. Her son, David, is excelling at a full-time job and managing his money well enough to buy his first vehicle, a silver Jeep Liberty. Those may seem like ordinary things for a 25-year-old, but David is not ordinary. He is among a tidal wave of people with autism who have made the transition from school to adulthood recently. Follow his journey.
Employment and autism
What are the pros and cons of telling an employer you have autism?
The different subtypes of autism became a hot topic of discussion in 2017. What did autism researchers learn? Read the Autism Science Foundation's year in review.
In this recorded webinar video, Ernst VanBergeijk, PhD, MSW, a professor at Lesley University, discusses employment and job trends for people with autism, skills that help individuals with autism gain and retain jobs, and how employers and co-workers can create an autism-friendly workplace.
If work is a cornerstone of adult life, how well do we do in helping people with autism find and keep jobs? A U.S. study looks at efforts by state vocational rehabilitation agencies to prepare people on the spectrum for the workforce.
Watch this webinar on "Employment Expectations and Resources" for people with disabilities, by Judith Gross, Ph.D., an assistant research professor at the Beach Center on Disability at the University of Kansas.
What happens to your career when you or your child has autism? Find out what research says about the effect of autism on job histories – and how some parents and adults with ASD have responded to the challenge.
Cheryl Hammond has been expecting this day for years. Her son, Kyle, on the verge of his 22nd birthday, will graduate from high school in June and enter the world of disability services for adults with autism. What will he and thousands of others face as they transition to adulthood?
Regardless of where a student falls on the autism spectrum, whether he was valedictorian or left high school without a diploma, there is a college program for him. But it will take a little research to find the right fit. Here are some resources and tips that can help.
The road to adulthood officially begins for many teens when they graduate. But for people with autism, leaving high school is a more monumental step, one that will transform their relationship to services and supports.