Autism Employment Forum

I have been thinking recently about the job experiences I have had as a person with autism in the workplace. There were a lot of things I didn’t understand that would have been helpful to know back then.

So I started researching support for working adults with autism. There isn’t really anything online. There are links to sites that will set you up with a job coach or employment specialist, and there are a lot of links about hiring someone with autism. But what if you have a stable job as a person on the autism spectrum? Or what if you are fully capable of finding your own job, but this is your first job and you have no idea what your rights are or what to do in certain situations? Where do you learn the things that no one really tells you about working and having/ keeping a job?

I am contemplating making a forum for working adults with autism, or for someone between jobs, or just entering the job field. I’ll answer questions I’ve had and initiate discussions about general employment practices or questions.

It will be a place where we can address topics such as: how do I know if I need accommodations? If I do need accommodations, how do I access them? Where can I go to get help? What are my rights? What do I do when I need a break but management isn’t readily available? Should I tell people I have autism? How do I quit my job? How do I ask for a raise? How do I ask for time off? How do I learn the rules and policies so I don’t get in trouble for breaking them? What can I do if I get in trouble with my supervisor or manager?

But before I go through the trouble of making this forum or discussion group, I need to know if there is interest in such a group, and if there is interest, I need help spreading the word.

That’s where you come in. If you would be interested, like or comment on this post. If you know someone that may be interested, share this post. If you have any input or suggestions, let me know.

If there is sufficient interest, I’ll get started on making a group like this. Thank you for your help!

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One thought on “Autism Employment Forum

  1. Hi! I appreciate your blog. I just started working for some people who are looking to help adults with autism in the work place as well as help those that employ people with autism. The premise I’m hearing is companies likely have autistic people working for them and may not realize it!!

    I hope my comment is encouraging to you – it is meant to be – as I read through your list of questions I think while the answers may be different if you’re on the spectrum – the questions are the same everyone has – asd or not!! They are great questions everyone has. You are not alone.

    We have just started a blog – feel free to check it out. I will suggest we address some of these questions in future postings. I think they are great questions and hopefully our team can address them in the future – thanks for the ideas! https://independentwithautism.blog/

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