Work

Holding a job is a key step toward adulthood and independence. These resources can help people with autism succeed at their work.

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21 & Able

This website provides information on the 21 & Able program offered through the United Way of Southwestern PA to help with transition planning.

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Adult Autism & Employment

This book is written for vocational rehabilitation professionals and employment services providers – the people whose job it is to find jobs for people with disabilities. This guide contains a lot of detailed information about how the features of people with ASD and the needs of the workplace interact, with suggestions about addressing common challenges from those interactions.

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Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities

As provided for by section 609 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by section 461 of Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA), Congress has directed the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (the Committee) to prepare and submit a Final Report to the Secretary of Labor and to Congress. The Final Report summarizes the findings, conclusions, and recommendations of the Committee on ways to increase competitive employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities or other individuals with significant disabilities as well as the use and oversight of the certificate program as carried out under section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. As required by law, the Committee submitted the Final Report to the Secretary and Congress on September 15, 2016.

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An Employer’s Guide to Hiring and Retaining Employees with Autism

This resource from Autism Speaks provides information for prospective employers on how to support and hire individuals with autism.

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Applying for a Job

This resource, developed by ASERT for ASDNext, provides tips and suggestions to prepare for the job application process.

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Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) Webinars

These webinars from APSE cover a variety of topics related to the Employment First movement for individuals with autism, their families and professionals who work with and support them.

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Autism Awareness, Community Education and Support (AACES)

Autism Awareness, Community Education and Support (AACES) is a group of programs designed to increase independence and decrease isolation among young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This brochure provides information on the different programs available to individuals living in Bucks and Montgomery Counties.

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Autism NOW: Employment Resources

This website focuses on job-related subjects such as employment research and reports, supported employment, transition planning for job opportunities, vocational rehabilitation, and more.

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Autism Speaks: Parent’s Guide to Employment for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Speaks has created a guide for parents to help them understand how they can support their adult child with autism through the employment process.

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CAR Autism Roadmap

This resource provides information about Autism Spectrum Disorder, including symptoms, diagnosis, and the impact on families and individuals.

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Career Path for Foster Youth

A supported employment program for individuals with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses who are or have been in the foster care system.

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Career Planning Suggestions for Transition

This guide provides helpful tips and suggestions for teens and young adults with autism as they prepare for the transition into the workforce. As you think about, and plan for, a career after high school, consider taking these steps.

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Commonwealth Workforce Development System

Provides access to Pennsylvania workforce development and independent living services.

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Customized Employment

Customized employment is a flexible process designed to personalize the employment relationship between a job candidate and an employer in a way that meets the needs of both. It is based on an individualized match between the strengths, conditions, and interests of a job candidate and the identified business needs of an employer. Customized Employment utilizes an individualized approach to employment planning and job development — one person at a time... one employer at a time.

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Department of Labor

The FMLA entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for their own health or to care for a family member, including to care for the employee’s spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition.

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