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ULTRA Testing #DifferentBetter Employment Resources for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

 

Below are resources for job seekers and employees on the autism spectrum and employers with neurodiversity hiring initiatives. This information was compiled by the Lead Job Recruiter and Community Manager Marcelle Ciampi (aka Samantha Craft of Spectrum Suite LLC) at ULTRA Testing. For questions or suggestions, please contact marcelle @ultratesting.us. ULTRA Testing is an innovative technology company with a neurodiversity hiring initiative. We hire software testers to work from home.

 

JOB BOARDS & WORK OPPORTUNITIES

 

Below is a listing of Job Boards that focus on opportunities for adults on the autism spectrum and other job seekers. We do not endorse or recommend any specific job board. Keep in mind that many of these services are available for free.

 

AbilityJobs.com (Nationwide, USA) JobAccess and AbilityJobs provide an employment search for varying levels of job seekers with disabilities, along with a resume bank for employers to access and find candidates.

 

AbilityLinks.org (Nationwide, USA) AbilityLinks is a web-based community connecting qualified job seekers with disabilities and inclusive employers interested in networking for career opportunities.

 

Access2Ability: (Nationwide, USA) Manpower brings together employer, state and federal agencies, professional associations, and community-based organizations to recruit talented individuals with disabilities, including veterans.

 

American Association of the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (Nationwide, USA) AAAS’s Career Development Center identifies and recruits students with apparent and non-apparent disabilities studying in science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and some fields of business for internship and co-op opportunities.

 

Autism Speaks: The Spectrum Careers (Nationwide, USA) addresses the challenges facing autistic adults in the job market by connecting employers with qualified autistic individuals.

 

Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD) (Nationwide, USA) COSD is a professional association comprised of more than 600 colleges and universities, and over 500 major national employers. COSD forms collaborative relationships between campus Disabilities Services and Career Services offices, and assists employers in providing internships and employment to college graduates with disabilities.

 

CareerOneStop’s Job Search Tool (Nationwide, USA) Enter the type of job and zip code to find job announcements near individual’s location, also has a tool to find education and training programs.

Getting Hired.Com (Nationwide, USA) is a national job portal connecting differently-abled job-seekers to employers, advocacy organizations, veterans groups, colleges, and service providers.

 

Hire Autism: The Sandy Lankler Jobs Portal (Virginia, USA) is focused primarily on employment opportunities for autistic individuals in Northern Virginia. Remote companies sometimes advertise there for work anywhere in the USA.

 

Integrate (Formerly ASTEP) (Nationwide, USA) Includes an extensive list of job search tools, job boards, and websites for Autistic job seekers.

 

Insight into Diversity (Nationwide, USA) The INSIGHT Into Diversity Career Center is a higher education online diversity job board connecting highly qualified job seekers and employers who understand the value of a diverse and inclusive workforce.

Lime (Nationwide, USA) Lime assists high potential college students and graduates with disabilities connect with the world’s leading corporations.

 

National Business & Disability Council at the Viscardi Center (Nationwide, USA) National Business & Disability Council (NBDC) at The Viscardi Center assists undergraduate and graduate college students with disabilities in internships nationwide to provide them with meaningful leadership development and networking opportunities.

 

Remotive (Worldwide) Job board featuring remote/work-from-home opportunities in the U.S. and internationally.

 

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) Career Center (Nationwide, USA) a tool for job-seekers to search for employment opportunities as well as a place for employers to post jobs and connect with potential employees.

 

The Riley Guide (Nationwide, USA) Job search resources by location or audience, including specific listings to the occupation and industry resources.

 

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Job Board  (14 States, USA) Employs organizers, communicators, researchers, lawyers, interns, and more.

 

The Sierra Group (Nationwide, USA)The Sierra Group RecruitDisability.Org provides a platform for job seekers with disabilities and company recruiters to connect. Individuals can search job postings through very specific fields of interest.

 

TheSpectrumCareers.com (Nationwide, USA) is to connect employers with qualified individuals with autism and other disabilities. It is a free service.

 

Think Beyond the Label  (Nationwide, USA) is a public-private network that works to increase employment for qualified job seekers with disabilities.

 

US Business Leadership Network (USBLN)  (Nationwide, USA) Access listings of available positions and internship opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

 

USAJOBS (Nationwide, USA) is a website that lists jobs with the Federal Government. Most federal agencies have a Selective Placement Program Coordinator whose job it is to recruit, hire, and accommodate people with disabilities at that agency.

 

Work from Anywhere Resources (Nationwide, USA) offers career coaching and a list of online search engines offering remote work opportunities.

 

OTHER: Extensive resource list here at What Can you Do? The campaign for disability employment

COMPANIES THAT HIRE ADULTS ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM OR PREPARE INDIVIDUALS FOR EMPLOYMENT

Below is a listing of companies that hire adults on the autism spectrum or work to help find employment.

 

Anthem (USA) Mind Shift partners with Anthem, Inc., to recruit and hire people on the autism spectrum for jobs in healthcare analytics. Started as a part of Specialisterne, Mind Shift helps businesses access the detail-oriented strengths of people on the autism spectrum.

 

Aspire  (Chicago, Illinois, USA) Aspire provides career and job development services and programs for autistic adults and others with disabilities.

 

Aspiritech (Chicago, Illinois, USA) provides software testing and other quality assurance (QA) services. Major services include exploratory, functional, compatibility, user acceptability and regression testing, as well as creating test plans and test case development.

 

At AMC (USA) Employs people of many different backgrounds, generations, traditions, and philosophies, and actively seeks vendors, partners, and service providers. AMC Entertainment & Autism Society Of America Announce Partnership

 

AutonomyWorks (USA) leverages the unique talents of autistic individuals, along with technology and systems design, to provide cost-competitive solutions and exceptional quality.

 

Ford automobile (USA) has an autism hiring initiative. (Ford steps up effort to hire people with autism)


Microsoft (USA and UK) Microsoft partnered with Specialisterne (a Danish staffing company) and PROVAIL to create the Microsoft Autism Hiring Program that incorporates a hands-on academy to include team projects and skill assessments, and provides candidates an opportunity to showcase their skills and interact with hiring managers and teams.

 

SAP (Germany) SAP, a German global software company, partnered with Specialisterne and incorporates the Autism at Work program that includes a month long screening process and Lego Mindstorm Robot team project. They specialize in software testing and hire individuals ranging in skills, including areas of data analysis, quality assurance, graphic design, and human resources. The program has expanded outside of Germany into Ireland and the United States. They have a Training and certificate program.

 

Walgreens (USA) employs autistic individuals. The program has been a model for Procter & Gamble, Best Buy, and Lowe’s. Walgreen’s CEO stated the company would try to fill 20% of its distribution center jobs with people with disabilities.


Willis Towers Watson (UK and USA) hires autistic individuals to review compensation survey submissions.

 

ULTRA Testing (USA/Remote Work) aims to bring excellence to the software testing industry and deliver superior results for clients. Team members work across multiple states, 70% of whom are on the Autism Spectrum.

List of companies with inclusive hiring practices at Autism HR

 

Articles about Companies Hiring Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

More Companies Hiring Employees with Autism Spectrum Disorder Jan. 2017

27 Companies Who Hire Adults With Autism April 2016

These 10 Companies are Hiring People with Autism Microsoft Wants Autistic Coders. Can It Find Them And Keep Them? Sept. 2016

 

JOB SKILL SERVICES, VOCATIONAL TRAINING, AND SUPPORT AGENCIES

Below is a list of a variety of resources that focus on supporting individuals on the autism spectrum and other individuals in need of work support.

 

Autism Works (Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, USA) is a customized employment service provider that builds competitive careers and independence for adults on the autism spectrum based on their strengths by offering skill building and college success strategies.

 

Autism Works Now (California, USA) educates employers and places individuals on the spectrum in meaningful jobs. Provides expressive movement therapy and workplace readiness skills. Autism Works Now! is a two year pilot program based in Southern California that functions as a mentorship, placement, and on-the-job work support program.

 

Birch Family Services (New York, USA) Birch Family Services has launched the New Frontier Program: A 360-degree network of services for individuals on the autism spectrum who have aged out of school-based programs.

 

Bridges from School to Work (Maryland, USA) engages employers, schools, community resources, youth, and their families to help businesses meet their workforce needs while offering young people with disabilities the opportunity to learn, grow, and succeed through employment. Focus is on young adults transitioning out of high school special education–prepare for the workplace and find a job with an employer in need of qualified, entry-level applicants.

 

Coding Autism (USA) Coding Autism helps identify, develop, and support STEM learning at a young age and keep students engaged through highschool and into vocational programs or universities.

 

Integrate, Formerly ASTEP (New York, USA), aims to help employers create a more inclusive workplace environment for existing employees with Asperger Syndrome (AS) and similar autism spectrum profiles and to bring together employers and vocational support professionals to successfully recruit and integrate these individuals.

 

Launchability (Texas, USA) is a job-placement service for adults with cognitive disabilities. Individuals with Autism, Down Syndrome, stroke, and significant learning disabilities.

 

National Foundation for Autism Research (NFAR)  (San Diego, CA) works with organizations and agencies to build programs, services, and supports that benefit children with autism and their families. The NFAR Tech program is a Vocational Training Program specifically designed for those with Asperger and Autism interested in gaining employment in the high tech field.The course prepares the participant for a position as an entry-level Software QA Tester in the high tech industry.

 

Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) (Ohio, USA) serves families, educators, and professionals working with students with autism and other disabilities.

 

PROVAIL (Washington, USA) Employment coaches work with companies to create customized positions that allow future growth and career advancement, offer competitive wages and benefits, and promote community presence and inclusion. They work with Microsoft.

 

Specialisterne (Nationwide, USA) trains and employs individuals with autism as consultants in IT and other sectors with technically oriented tasks and jobs. Articles and Community Agencies

 

TASH (Washington D.C., USA) advocates for human rights and inclusion for people with disabilities and support needs. TASH works to advance inclusive communities through advocacy, research, professional development, policy, and information and resources for parents, families, and self-advocates. Youth Employment Solutions Center

 

The Arc on this section of the site (Nationwide, USA) you’ll find information on job-related subjects such as employment research and reports, supported employment, transition planning for job opportunities, vocational rehabilitation, and more.

 

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) educates public- and private-sector organizations on ways to build inclusive workplace cultures, and empowers them to become leaders in the employment and advancement of people with disabilities.

 

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) (Online, Nationwide, USA) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace. JAN’s trusted consultants offer one-on-one guidance on workplace accommodations, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related legislation, and self-employment and entrepreneurship options for people with disabilities. Assistance is available both over the phone and online.

 

The National Business & Disability Council (NBDC) (Nationwide, USA) The Viscardi Center is an employer organization and comprehensive resource for disability best practices. Its corporate partners are predominantly Fortune 1000 companies and government employers committed to disability diversity. Many NBDC members are federal contractors. 2016 Corporate Partnership. The Viscardi Center is a network of nonprofit organizations that provide a lifespan of services that educate, employ, and empower children and adults with disabilities. Services are provided through:

  • Abilities, Inc. prepares adolescents and adults with disabilities for entry or re-entry into the workforce through job training, employment placement, transitional services, career counseling, and more.

  • Kornreich Technology Center (KTC) is a hands-on laboratory where education, evaluation, and training services are offered to children and adults with disabilities and others who require assistive devices for work or home due to illness, injury, or healthy aging.

 

The National Organization on Disability (NOD) (Nationwide, USA) NOD focuses on increasing employment opportunities for the 80-percent of working-age, unemployed Americans with disabilities. Includes disability employment program and design planning.

 

Thriving at Work (Online Media/Video) Thriving at Work offers an online video series to prepare those on the Autism Spectrum for career success with work readiness tips and strategies, including preparation for transitioning into a professional environment and managing workplace challenges and supports.

 

Uptimize (International, Based in UK) Appealing visual aids, segmented into easy to use mini-lessons, quizzes at the end, geared toward young adults. Examples of simple emails, cover letter, resume building, listing strengths and challenges, developing network, criteria for good job fit, interviewing tips, researching company, discussion of precise language, attire, and researching company.

 

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

Below are government agencies related to disability and the workplace.

 

Vocational rehabilitation agencies assist people who have physical, mental, and emotional disabilities by providing vocational rehabilitation and other services. Services might include: career counseling, vocational planning and assessment, job coaching, and job placement. In some instances, they provide funding for training, school, or college. Contact your local vocational rehabilitation agency for more information.

 

CDE What Can You Do? is a collaborative effort to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities by encouraging employers and others to recognize the value and talent individuals with disabilities bring to the workplace. The site offers information for employers on how they can capitalize on the talents of persons with disabilities, as well as information and resources for teachers and family members, and links to employment support services for people with disabilities. Index of resources

 

Disability.gov is a site sponsored by several agencies and departments of the federal government, provides one-stop access to information resources important to individuals with disabilities. This includes employment, education, housing, transportation, health, income support, civil rights and even a few job listings.

 

Lead Center LEAD Center’s work increases knowledge and capacity in seven key areas:  customized employment, retention and return-to-work, self-employment, economic advancement, funding long-term supports, universal design and cross-system collaboration. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) creates new opportunities for job seekers with disabilities in the workforce system. The LEAD Center’s work supports partnerships, capacity-building, and the leveraging of resources to ensure the successful inclusion of people with disabilities in receiving services and achieving outcomes.

 

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) provides national leadership on disability employment policy by developing and influencing the use of evidence-based disability employment policies and practices, building collaborative partnerships, and delivering authoritative and credible data on employment of people with disabilities.

 

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) connects federal sector employers nationwide with college students and recent graduates with disabilities through summer or permanent jobs. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Diversity Management & Equal Opportunity (ODMEO) manage the program, along with the participation of many other federal agencies and sub-agencies.

GOVERNMENT DISABILITY AND WORKPLACE RESOURCES

Federal Workplace Mentoring Program

The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) from the United States Department of Labor, career information on duties, education and training, compensation, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.

US.Jobs by the national labor exchange. Click on the map to see individual state agency.

Work Opportunity Tax Credit

 

COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY RESOURCES

Below are universities and higher education resources related to autism and/or disability support.

 

Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) is a professional membership organization for individuals involved in the development of policy and provision of quality services to meet the needs of persons with disabilities within all areas of higher education. Members represent the United States, Canada, England, Australia, Ireland, Northern Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, Japan, and Greece. AHEAD delivers quality training to higher education personnel through conferences, workshops, publications, and consultation.

 

Autism Spectrum Navigators at Bellevue College  (Washington State) offers individualized access services for autistic Bellevue College students. Students who have met the College admission may request Autism Spectrum Navigators.

 

Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD) assists college students and recent graduates with a disability, in gaining the tools and knowledge necessary to secure the career of their choice.

 

College Autism Spectrum (CAS) is an independent organization of professionals who assist students with autism spectrum disorders and their families. They specialize in college counseling (helping students find the right college) and work readiness (skill building for interviews, jobs, and work skills).

 

Davidson Institute provides and extensive resource list of agencies, books, and websites related to Autism Spectrum conditions.

 

National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT) is a Technical Assistance and Dissemination project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA). Parent and Family Involvement Annotated Bibliography. NTACT has research-based predictors for employment success. NTACT also provides

 

New Frontiers in Learning (New York) provides academic and social supports for high school and college students. The New Frontiers model of support for students transitioning to college focuses on the individual needs of each student, and provides services to students in high schools and colleges in the Westchester, New York City and Long Island areas, with the ability to work remotely with students in other parts of the country/world via video conferencing.

Stairway to Stem (Website) Resources for autistic students/students on the spectrum transitioning from high school to college, particularly in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.

The Autism Initiative (AIM) (Erie, PA ) supports the adjustment and progression of college students on the autism spectrum in all domains of college life to broaden their vocational opportunities, and enhance social and community engagement.

Emerging Practices for Supporting Students on the Autism Spectrum in Higher Education: A Guide for Higher Education Professionals

 

The College Internship Program (CIP) assists young adults with learning differences to succeed in college, employment, and independent living. Locations here.

 

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, DC) serves youth with disabilities interested in pursuing careers in the arts, arts administration, and arts education by providing and investing in effective and innovative internship, apprenticeship, and training programs.

General College Resources


Bridging the Employment Gap for Students with Disabilities (NOD)

It’s Your Career: Work-Based Learning Opportunities for College Students With Disabilities

WTCS Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Guide

ERIC ED430342: Helping Students with Cognitive Disabilities Find and Keep a Job. Technical

Autism Schools and University at Autism Parenting Magazine

Postsecondary Education and Employment Among Youth With an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Glendale College program matching autistic adults with trade jobs flourishes within first year

AUTISM AND ASPERGER ASSOCIATIONS

The following associations work with individuals on the autism spectrum with a focus on education, support, advocacy, and resources.

  

AAHA Asperger Syndrome & High Functioning Autism Association serves individuals on the autism spectrum, their families, and the professionals.

 

AAPD (The American Association of People with Disabilities) advocates for individuals with disabilities through political and economic advocacy efforts and connects those they serve with resources.

 

AASCEND brings together adults of all ages on the autism spectrum, their families and friends, academics, and professionals in the autism field as a community to support one another and work together to achieve positive educational, networking, and development outcomes.

 

 

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The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation is a national organization focused on adults living with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The mission of the volunteer-run organization is to address critical needs and gaps in services and supports for the diverse population.

 

The Asperger Autism Network (AANE) AANE works with individuals, families, and professionals to help people with Asperger profiles or similar autism spectrum profiles build meaningful, connected lives. They provide information, education, community, support, and advocacy. Online options are available for coaching, information, support, and education. Their employment section includes a guide for career discovery, an article about quality employment practices, sensory integration tips, and Choosing the right job for people with autism and asperger’s syndrome Autism/Asperger Network They offer many options for learning, community building, and problem solving to individuals over 18  with Asperger profiles post-high school, and their families. Resources for adults and Lifemap Coaching.

 

AUTISM AND EMPLOYMENT ARTICLES & RESOURCES

 

EMPLOYMENT PLANNING

A Guide to Employment for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Autism Speaks, 2013 (For Youth)

EMPLOYMENT PLANNING FOR PEOPLE WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS Dahl, Norm and Arici, Alan, Speaker’s Journal, vol. 8.5, Fall 2008 (A journal with cited sources)

More Companies Hiring Employees with Autism Spectrum Disorder Nezich, Heather, Jan. 2017 (List of jobs by attributes: non-verbal, mathematical, visual)

OASIS Online Autism Spectrum Connection, OASIS (Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support) is one of the oldest AS websites and is updated frequently. Contains many links to other sites as well as articles and information on AS.

Preparing for a Career: An Online Tutorial Burgstahler, Sheryl; Lopez, Sara; and Bellman, Scott, DO-IT 2012 (Multiple links to resources)

Before you hire an autistic. What every hiring agent needs to know, Ciampi, Marcelle, June 2017

Autism spectrum support program moves to downtown Berkeley Lochner, Tom, East Bay Times, Oct. 2017

My Teenage Son Is on the Autism Spectrum—but He’s Determined to Hold a Job Newman, Judith, Reader’s Digest, 2017

How do you solve the trickiest problems in the workplace? Employ more autistic people, Harris, John, The Guardian, Oct. 2017

Asperger’s Syndrome, NLD and Employment, Bissonnette, Barbara, 2009

The working Aspie, Rawhiti-Forbes, Troy, Feb. 2018

 

INTERVIEW & JOB SEARCH TIPS

Interview Tips for Autistics Southeast Psych, July 2016

Interview Strategies for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum (The Right Foundation) EPIC

Virtual interviews help people with autism land a job Belman, Orli, April 2016

Starting with me: Starting with me a guide to person-centered planning for job seekers Jordan, Melanie & Enein-Donovan, Laura, July 2002

Lisa Gorry. An Interview: Asperger Syndrome And The Recruitment Process Gorry, Lisa, Ireland

Choosing the right job for people with autism and asperger’s syndrome Grandin, Temple, Fort Collins, CO, Nov. 1999

Job Searching on the Spectrum by NACE Rowe, Janine, NACE, Aug. 2016 (video)

Autistic Game Changers: Rethinking the ‘Smarts’ of Interview Practices – My Spectrum Suite Craft, Samantha, 2017

How do you write the perfect Interview Follow Up Email? Santillan Jr., Ramon, LinkedIn, Oct. 2017

5 Tips For Individuals With Autism on Finding Employment, Magro, Kerry, Huffington Post, Aug. 2017

GCF LearnFree, Resume Writing Tutorial

Purdue OWL, Resume Workshop, writing lab, and tips

LiveCareer, Resume Builder, Cover Letter, and Interview tips

How To Improve Your Communication in the Workplace, Borgman, Steve

My Letter to a Job Seeker with Autism, Wang, Jeffrey, Nov. 28, 2017

I have autism. How do I prepare for an interview? Santillan Jr., Ramon, Jan. 2018

How to use the STAR Interview Response Technique, Doyle, Alison, Dec. 2017

 

ACCOMMODATIONS & DISCLOSURE

Disability and HR Strategy: Identifying Diverse Leadership Talent Within Your Existing Workforce Bruyere, Susanne, May 2017

What You Need To Know About Working With Colleagues On The Autism Spectrum Clark, Dorie, Forbes, Sept. 2014

Requesting Workplace Accommodations: Tips and Resources Jordan, Melanie, Autism Research Institute

You’re autistic. You know you can do a good job, but will employers listen? Abrams, Abigail, the Washington Post, Sept. 2016

Q & A on Customized Employment: Disclosure Targett, Pam & Inge, Katherine U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy

Requesting reasonable accommodations Job Accommodation Network

Autistic? More Companies Say Add It to Your Resume Zillman, Claire, Fortune, Oct. 2016

Should You Disclose Asperger Syndrome to Your Employer? Bissonnette, Barbara Asperger/Autism Network

7 things the autistic person in your workplace needs from you McKay, Ashlea, LinkedIn, Jan. 2017

How To Create A Successfully Neurodiverse Workplace Watkins, R., Neurodiversity in the Workplace, Jan. 2017

How to Nurture the Creative Minds of Adults on the Autism Spectrum, Horton, Paul, Bridge, Aug. 2016

Working With Autism And ADHD: As more people with autism and ADHD begin to advocate for themselves at work, some employers are changing their workplaces Roepe, Lisa, The Future of Work, Feb. 2017

Reasonable Accommodations & The Americans with Disabilities Act Fact Sheet Virginia Commonwealth University, June 2006

Supporting Individuals with Autism in Integrated Community Jobs: Identifying Support Needs to Facilitate Success Inge, Katherine, Virginia Commonwealth University

Supporting Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Quality Employment Practices  Jordan, Melanie, The Institute Brief, Issue No. 25, The Institute for Community Inclusion
Employees with Autism Spectrum Disorder Job Accommodation Network (JAN

Supporting Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Quality Employment Practices Kurtz, Alan & Jordan, Melanie, The Institute Brief, Issue 25, Dec. 2008

Vocational Supports For Individuals With Asperger Syndrome: Meeting the Vocational Support Muller, Eve; Schuler, Adriana; Burton, Barbara; & Yates, Gregory

Getting Autistics Jobs and Off Public Assistance: Part 1 (video) Bunn-Parsons, Jason, April 2016

Disability Disclosure Articles at NCWD including The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Families, Educators, Youth Service Professionals, and Adult Allies Who Care About Youth with Disabilities National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability 2009

Making Decisions about Disability Disclosure (Video – Secondary Education focus) Getting Hired, March 2016

The Why, When, What, and How of Disclosure in an Academic Setting, After High School Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor

WHAT I MEAN WHEN I SAY AUTISM: RETHINKING THE ROLES OF LANGUAGE Olivas, Bernice, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, July 2012
AND LITERACY IN AUTISM DISCOURSE
Bernice M. Olivas, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Information on Job Accommodations with links at DO-IT

 

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS

‘It’s Exhausting’: The Hidden Struggle of Working Women with Autism Wilkinson, Sophie, May 2017

Person First Language and More

Breaking down the barriers to employment for autistic people Moore, Kathryn, The National Autistic Society

Job Hunting and Anxiety on the Spectrum Radtke, Melva, June 2015

Asperger’s syndrome: Employers need awareness of challenges Connolly, Marie-Louise, BBC News, Feb. 2017

Employment and adults with autism spectrum disorders: Challenges and strategies for success Hendricks, Dawn, Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, Aug. 2009

Hire for Cultural Fitness, Not Just Cultural Fit Razzetti, Gustavo, Mar. 2017

 

AUTISM AND TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES

Cyber Security Help Wanted: Asperger People, Morgan, Steve, CSO, Aug. 2017

Neurodiversity & Cybersecurity Careers: Recruiting & Retaining Autistic Cybersecurity Professionals Dallaway, Eleanor, InfoSecurity Magazine, Mar. 2017

Hungry for reliable talent, tech companies are finding employees in unexpected places Stiffler, Lisa, GeekWire, Mar. 2017

Why IT companies are hiring employees on the autism spectrum Keogh, Olive, The Irish Times, Nov. 2017

Why the Australian Defence Organization Is Recruiting Cyber Analysts on the Autism Spectrum, Austin, Robert, Dec. 2017

Autism in the Technology Workplace, Jackson, Kate, Social Work Today, Vol. 13, No. 6, Nov./Dec. 2013

Fighting Cybercrime with Neuro Diversity, Patterson, Gavin, Jan. 2018

 

BENEFITS TO AUTISM IN THE WORKPLACE

Autism becoming an increasing value in age of diversity hires Eichler, Leah, The Globe and Mail, Feb. 2017
‘I saw being autistic as an opportunity, not a weakness’ Salaman, Saba, The Guardian, Jan. 2017

Autism at Work: Releasing Talent and Harnessing Creativity the RSA, YouTube 2014

The Business Case for Hiring Autistic Team Members Sommer, Viola, Full Fabric Blog, Aug. 2016

Why More Companies Are Eager To Hire People With Autism Che, Jenny, The Huffington Post, Mar. 2016

Neurodiversity and Innovation: The Benefits of Hiring Employees Who Break the Mold McKinney, Phil, PhilMcKinney Blog, Feb. 2016
How Technology Companies Can Benefit From Hiring Experienced Adults on the Autism Spectrum Thornton, Oliver, LinkedIn, Feb. 2017

Hire Autistics Merriman, Louise, LinkedIn, Jan. 2017

How to Create a Successfully Neurodiverse Workplace, Hire Autism, Watkins, Robert, Nov. 2017

The growing acceptance of autism in the workplace, CBS News, Feb. 11, 2018

 

BEST HIRING PRACTICES FOR INDIVIDUALS ON AUTISM SPECTRUM

8 Proven Strategies to Attract and Retain Job Candidates on the Autism Spectrum Craft, Samantha, Spectrum Suite

Tips & Considerations for Autistic Job Seekers and Employers Craft, Samantha, Everyday Aspie, Nov. 2016

The Employer’s Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome, Bissonnette, Barbara, Forward Motion Coaching, 2009

 

GENERAL ARTICLES ON AUTISM AND EMPLOYMENT

Autistic employees make inroads as companies embrace “neurodiversity” McCullough, Michael, Canadian Business, Mar. 2017
Where is Autism Employment Heading in 2017? Bernick, Michael, Forbes, Dec. 2016

Employment Statistics at the ARC The Institute for Community Inclusion at University of Massachusetts Boston, June 2013

Harnessing the Power of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Innovations Case Narrative: Specialisterne Wareham, Jonathan & Sonne, Thorkil, Innovations, Winter 2008

THE CHANGING EMPLOYMENT SCENE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER (ASD) Sowmya Nath Interactive Autism Network at Kennedy Krieger Institute Nath, Sowmya, Kennedy Krieger Institute, April 2013

Autism in Big Business Report Autism Speaks

Report: 1 in 3 Young Adults Disconnected from Work and School Shattuck, Paul & Roux, Anne, Autism Speaks

Thorkil Sonne: Recruit Autistics Sonne, Thorkil, Wired, Sept. 2009

Autism Without Fear—Green Bay Edition: Scott, Sensory Awareness, and an Employer Who “Gets It.” Carley, Michael John, Huffington Post, Sept. 2017

The Tricky Path to Employment Is Trickier When You’re Autistic Carr, Sarah, Slate, 2017

How to Thrive at Work (Even if you don’t love your job), Stuart, Jess

Ernst & Young steps up recruitment of disabled and autistic employees, Cohn, Michael, Accounting Today, Dec. 2017

 

INCLUSIVE WORKPLACE

Culturally Inclusive Environment (University of the Sunshine Coast) Flinders University

National Organization on Disability (NOD) Leading Employment Practices

Employing people with autism: a brief guide for employers The National Autistic Society Northern Ireland The National Autistic Society, Northern Ireland, 2011

Johnson Cornell University: Creating an atmosphere of inclusiveness in the workplace, Huo, Yuezhou, Cornell Enterprise Online, Oct. 2012

Small Business Disability Inclusion Fact Sheet  Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN)

Creating an inclusive environment Haydel, Nia, Department of Multicultural Services at Texas A&M University

Creating an inclusive and supportive environment Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Business Strategies that Work: A FRAMEWORK FOR DISABILITY INCLUSION Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy

Fostering Disability-Inclusive Workplaces Through Employee Resource Groups National Employer Policy, Research and Technical Assistance Center for Employers on the Employment of People with Disabilities

Employer’s Guide to Hiring and Retaining Employees with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) Autism Speaks, 2013

Understanding Autism: An Employer’s Guide. Keys to Success for Supervising and Supporting Employees with Autism ERIC, 2012

Entering the World of Work: Autism and Employment (Includes concepts of Segregated Employment, Supported Employment, Competitive Employment, etc.) Pavlides, Merope, Sept. 2011

Commission for Northern Ireland and Employers for Disability NI (handbook)

Workplace Bullying (YouTube video)

DXC Technology, EY, Ford Motor Company, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Microsoft, and SAP launch the “Autism @ Work Employer Roundtable” – US Business Leadership Network, Oct. 2017

Lever Diversity and Inclusion Handbook Nahm, Sarah, Written for Lever Company to outline a corporate standard for diversity and inclusion practices in the workplace

Project Include is a non-profit that uses data and advocacy to assist the tech industry to adopt and incorporate diversity and inclusion solutions.

Include.io (USA) offers mini mentoring sessions to help organizations in the technology industry be intentional about inclusion and diversity hiring.

Psychology at work: Improving well-being and productivity in the workplace, Weinberg, Ashley, and Doyle, Nancy, The British Psychological Society, Oct. 2017

 

AUTISM RESOURCE LISTS

Autism Speaks

The Autism Society’s Online Resource Database

Virginia Autism Resource Center

101 Noteworthy Sites on Autism and Aspergers

Different Brains Autism/Aspergers

 

BOOKS RELATED TO AUTISM & EMPLOYMENT

  • Unemployed on the Autism Spectrum: How to Cope Productively with the Effects of Unemployment and Job hunt with Confidence by Michael John Carley

  • Helping Adults with Asperger’s Syndrome Get & Stay Hired: Career Coaching Strategies for Professionals and Parents of Adults on the Autism Spectrum by Barbara Bissonnette

  • Asperger’s Syndrome Workplace Survival Guide: A Neurotypical’s Secrets for Success by Barbara Bissonnette (Author), Yvona Fast (Foreword)

  • 48 Days to the Work You Love: Preparing for the New Normal by Dan Miller (Author), Dave Ramsey (Foreword)

  • How to Find Work That Works for People with Asperger Syndrome: The Ultimate Guide for Getting People With Asperger Syndrome into the Workplace (and Keeping Them There!) by Gail Hawkins

  • Asperger Syndrome & Employment by Sarah Hendrix

  • Asperger Syndrome & Employment by Genevieve Edmonds and Luke Beardon

  • Beyond the Wall by Stephen Shore

  • Employment for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome or Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities, by Yvona Fast

  • How to Find Work That Works for People with Asperger Syndrome, Gail Hawkin

  • Asperger Syndrome Employment Workbook: An Employment Workbook for Adults with Asperger Syndrome by Roger N. Meyer  (Author), Tony Attwood (Foreword)

  • Asperger Syndrome Employment Workbook by Roger N. Meyer

  • Life and Love: Positive Strategies for Autistic Adults by Zosia Zaks  (Author), Temple Grandin (Foreword)

  • Developing Talents: Careers For Individuals With Asperger Syndrome And High-functioning Autism by Temple Grandin and Kate Duffy

  • Asperger’s On the Job: Must-Have Advice for People with Asperger’s or High Functioning Autism and their Employers, Educators and Advocates Paperback by Rudy Simone

  • The Hidden Curriculum of Getting and Keeping a Job: Navigating the Social Landscape of Employment A Guide for Individuals with Autism Spectrum and Other Social-Cognitive Challenges by Brenda Smith Myles, PhD, Judy Endow, MSW, and Malcolm Mayfield, BS Civil Eng

  • Business For Aspies: 42 Best Practices For Using Asperger Syndrome Traits At Work Successfully by Ashley Stanford.

  • The Autism Job Club: The Neurodiverse Workforce in the New Normal of Employment Hardcover by Michael S. Bernick and Richard Holden

  • AutiPower! Successful Living and Working with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
    By Herman Jansen and Betty Rombout

 

Support Personnel and Agencies Outside of the USA

 

AS Mentoring (ASM) (UK) Provides coaching and mentoring for people with Asperger Syndrome and other conditions. The ASM team works closely with large, private-sector corporate employers, the civil service, local authorities, universities, and other institutions.

 

Aspect (Australia) Aspect Capable (previously AS Capable) is a specialist employment service offering person-centred employment training and support to jobseekers on the spectrum and their employers through coaching, mentoring, job preparation, and training.

 

Auticon (UK) is an IT B2B consulting business. All consultants are on the autism spectrum. They create autism-friendly work environments.

 

The Dandelion Project (Australia) Hewlett-Packard Enterprise incorporates a selection process, assessment, and on-boarding program for employing autistic candidates.

 

National Autistic Society (UK) Information for employers

 

Ready, Willing, Able (RWA) (Canada) RWA engages employers and raises awareness about the value of hiring people with disabilities.

 

Vodafone Germany (Germany) a software testing company works with Auticon, with pilot programs in India, Ireland, Canada, the U.S., and Germany. Auticon works as an IT-consulting company for high-functioning autistic people.