Advancing Employable Skills for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Literature Review

Introduction

This issue of NASET’s Autism Spectrum Disorder series was written by Dr. Aisha Thomas.  Seeking employment after leaving the high school environment can be a daunting task for most young adults, but for some individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, the road towards employment may be more problematic.  Individuals with ASD may continue to display social skills and communication deficits despite access to support services in public schools such as Adaptive Physical Education, speech therapy, occupational therapy and counseling.  The article focuses on how deficits shown in some individuals with ASD effect their chances of obtaining employment (interviewing) and maintaining employment (interacting with colleagues).  In addition, the excerpt reflects upon internal (support services, interventions, IEPs) and external (mentoring, vocational rehabilitation) resources that can be utilized to assist those with ASD become employable.

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