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Overview

This module will assist those that support youth and adults with ASD as they prepare for, obtain and maintain employment. It covers the basic features of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in adults that are relevant to the workplace and to the provision of employment services. This module is an adaptation of a much longer reference work titled Adult Autism and Employment: A Guide for Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals (Standifer, 2009).
  • What's Included
  • 25 pages
  • Pre/post-assessments
  • Optional $20 certficate
  • Describe the characteristic areas of the DSM-5 that are used to identify autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • Explain the impact of theory of mind on employment for people with ASD
  • Explain the importance of routine to employment for people with ASD
  • List at least three interview accommodations appropriate to adults with ASD
  • List at least four workplace accommodations appropriate to adults with ASD

Module Authors

Scott Standifer, Ph.D.

Dr. Scott Standifer is a clinical instructor for the Disability Policy & Studies office (DPS) at the University of Missouri. He is the author of Adult Autism and Employment: A Guide for Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals and of the online Handbook of Disabilities. He is an organizer of the annual Autism Works National Conference, held in St. Louis each March, and has presented on current trends in autism employment for The Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

Module Contributors

  • Chris Filler, RN, BSN

    Chris Filler is the Program Director Lifespan Transitions Center at OCALI. She has worked in the area of Transition and Adulthood at OCALI since 2007. As a registered nurse, Chris has worked with individuals with autism and developmental disabilities and their families for over 25 years. At OCALI, Chris' priorities focus on the development of resources and tools to support youth and adults with disabilities that are transitioning to adulthood, fostering collaboration among systems to improve delivery of education, and service and support for adults with disabilities. Chris led the development of the Ohio EF Transition Framework as part of the Ohio Employment First Initiative.    

  • Jenna Allen, MAT

    Jenna Allen is a Transition to Adulthood Consultant at the OCALI Lifespan Transitions Center. Her professional experience includes over 20 years of providing and supervising services to youth and adults with disabilities, with a primary focus on community inclusion and integrated employment, and frontline roles in the fields of education and community health services.

  • Suzanne Beck BS elementary / special education, MS curriculum, supervision and educational leadership

    Sue has worked with transition age youth for more than 40 years. Since 1987, Sue has coordinated statewide/regional initiatives providing training, technical assistance, resource and product development on a wide range of transition and related curriculum topics. Sue has served as an intervention specialist, career evaluator, Vocational Special Education Coordinator, statewide project coordinator, and professional development coordinator. Currently Sue is working with Ohio’s Employment First initiative as an independent consultant for the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence.

  • Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD)

    The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) is responsible for overseeing a statewide system of supports and services for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

    The Mission of the DODD is continuous improvement of the quality of life for Ohio's citizens with developmental disabilities and their families.

    DODD's vision is that Ohio's citizens with developmental disabilities and their families will experience lifestyles that provide opportunities for personal security, physical and emotional well-being, full community participation, productivity, and equal rights.

    For more information please visit: https://dodd.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/dodd/

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