Employability Options for Young Adults with ASD
During the transition from one’s teen years to adulthood, deciding one’s career path may often take precedence in decision making. It becomes important to create an achievable plan that can secure your child’s future. Similar to adults needing help in making important decisions about their future, young adults with ASD do too. However, there are a few unique factors to be considered.
Students have numerous opportunities to kick-start their career after high school. As parents of a child with ASD, you need to identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses. Additionally, we advise that you gather information about jobs and match them with your child’s skill sets.
In this blog post, you’ll learn various employability options available for young adults with ASD.
Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE)
Competitive Integrated Employment has an integrated work setting for individuals. Your child can choose to work full-time or part-time. Jobs that fall under competitive employment have challenging responsibilities.
This lets individuals with ASD work in a competitive environment with continued support and supervision as long as the person is able to maintain holding the job. Additional benefits are given to employees as well.
Supported employment can be funded by the state department for developmental disabilities (e.g. in the U.S.) or similar vocational agencies (depending on which country one lives in) when:
There is a severe disability
Individuals with ASD are able to work under proper support and training
Customized Employment is designed to meet the needs of both the employer and employee.
How is this possible?
The organization finds creative ways to find out the best-suited job role for an individual with ASD by assessing his/her strengths/weaknesses and interests. Upon evaluation, a job description is specially created. This process helps the employer understand the employee better, and in turn, helps in building a unique and special relationship between the employer and the employee.
Self-Employment is the ability to match the individual’s interests and potential to a product or a service which provides income. If your child loves to do something which has a market value and need, take a step forward towards self-employment. It is also important to have a strong support network during this process.
Secured or Segregated Employment
Secured or Segregated Employment is provided to individuals who find it difficult to work in a competitive environment. They are provided with their personal units to work in and do not integrate with other employees. Some typical tasks include collating, assembling, or packaging. These individuals may not necessarily have ASD but could be diagnosed with other disabilities.
Sheltered Employment aims at providing training and services in a protected environment for adults with ASD. Training sessions are segregated, and individuals are trained on competitive employment, developing life skills, educational and pre-vocational skills.
The process of nurturing adults with ASD for employment and a successful future should start right from schooling. There are various therapies and programs to help children with ASD. Stepping Stones can help you find the right treatment plan for your child.