In The Politics of Autism, I discuss the employment of adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Many posts have discussed programs to provide them with training and experience.
The unemployment rate for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is estimated to be 75-90%. Employment has become an emerging issue of national concern as a growing number of individuals diagnosed with ASD moves from adolescence into adulthood. Many will be looking for jobs in an inclusive, accepting workplace in which they can develop their existing strengths, learn new skills and begin to build a productive and satisfying career.
The Navigating Employment program works directly with the employer to fill a business need, recruiting and supporting employees at all ability levels, including highly talented, skilled individuals. We educate and consult with employers to set up both companies and the employee for success.
Many of the AAoM job candidates are currently underemployed or unable to find a job on their own. We focus on the barriers that hinder them from gaining employment and help individuals improve those skills to help with everything from resume building to interview preparation, while harnessing the skills to maintain employment and grow within a company.
Autism Alliance of Michigan and Ford were featured on NBC Nightly News for their new initiative Ford Inclusive Works. Take a look at one of our success stories from the pilot program. Ford plans to expand this program to include 24 more individuals on the spectrum in 2017.
Job Seekers: If you are interested in getting connected with AAoM’s employment team, potential candidates are asked to complete an online interest form on our website. From here, you will be contacted by an AAoM Navigator who will collect pertinent information.
Employers: Companies who are interested in following Ford’s lead in this initiative and hiring individuals with autism, please contact our employment team at 877-463-AAOM or Employment@aaomi.org.