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Resources for Employers

Many organizations and agencies have developed resources related to employment for individuals with autism or for employers who want to provide an equitable work experience for their employees with autism. The list below contains valuable information that you may find useful as you seek to understand the experience of individuals with autism seeking employment or prepare individuals with autism for work at your company.

 

ATTA Resources

Screen_Shot_2021-03-10_at_3.07.55_PM-removebg-preview.png When Should I Disclose My Autism

The decision to disclose a diagnosis of ASD is a personal and sometimes sensitive process. This document provides a list of considerations and some helpful suggestions for students who face the decision to disclose their ASD to others and considers academic, employment, and social contexts.

Screen_Shot_2021-03-10_at_3.07.55_PM-removebg-preview.png Interviewing Tips

An interview is an opportunity to convince an employer that you're the perfect person for a job.  This document provides tips on how to prepare for an interview and how to conduct yourself during an interview, with special emphasis on areas that may be particularly relevant to an individual with autism. See Interviewing Tips Assessment under the Assessment Heading.

Screen_Shot_2021-03-10_at_3.07.55_PM-removebg-preview.pngSocial Communication in the Workplace

The following document allows individuals with ASD to assess their experience with social communication in the workplace.

Screen_Shot_2021-03-10_at_3.07.55_PM-removebg-preview.png Getting the Best from an Employee with ASD: 10 Tips for Job Success

The following document is a brief introduction to providing beneficial support to employees with ASD and includes a number of recommendations that can be easily implemented at the workplace. 

Screen_Shot_2021-03-10_at_3.07.55_PM-removebg-preview.png Job Description Template

This document provides a template for employers to provide clear descriptions of the work environment and duties for employees with autism.

 

Screen_Shot_2021-03-10_at_3.07.55_PM-removebg-preview.png Why I Should Hire Someone with ASD:  10 Characteristics of a Successful Employee

The following document is a brief introduction to common characteristics shared by many individuals with ASD and the benefits they bring to the workplace.  However, as autism is a spectrum, it is important to know that each individual is different, and identifying the strengths and weaknesses of an individual is important if you want to develop the skills of your employees with ASD.


General Resources

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Neurodiversity Career Corrector
Founded in 2017, the Neurodiversity @ Work Employer Roundtable is a collection of employers committed to neurodiversity-focused hiring initiatives. Though they span many industries, we share a belief that organizations thrive when they tap into the unique talents of their employees, and individuals thrive when they can present their best selves at work. They strive not only to match neurodivergent job seekers with meaningful jobs but also to provide the training and support needed for career growth and success.

National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder (NPDC)

The NPDC provides a number of modules that introduce evidence-based practices including some that can be used to train employees with ASD to perform new skills or those that can be incorporated into a process for providing feedback.  Each module can be accessed independently and provides guidance on one specific best practice. 

Illinois workNet: disability works Training Videos

These non-autism-specific videos are designed to help employers navigate the process of hiring persons with disabilities or working with their employees with disabilities.  These videos cover the ADA, reasonable accommodations, assistive technology, and other topics that can be applied to working with individuals with ASD.

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD)

Description:  The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) serves all youth, including youth with disabilities. The NCWD/Youth, created in 2001, is made available by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).  The NCWD provides resources on education, employment, and independent living.