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Understanding the HR delimna with people on the autism spectrum

Mindsets in employment strategy are similar to what they were since the 1900’s and are based on social skills, the most difficult area for most people on the autism spectrum. Coupled with the fact that they are also being taught in inclusive settings and not taught the vocational skills they were previously taught in separate more focused school settings put folks with autism at a disadvantage for future work.

Transition planning is important and schools are starting to implement what is called an individualized transition planning process (ITP) at the age of 14 involving the student and the team of supporters in which 3 considerations are made:

Work (what he might be good at)

Living (where she may live)

Community involvement (activities he likes thru adulthood with others).

Its important in the process to focus on the students skill set that can equate to a paying job rather than getting carried away by fantasy jobs of astronaut, actor etc. Based on recent stats, an unrealistic evaluation of the students academic capabilities and skill set contributes to the existing 80% unemployment statistic.
Read more about the “School to Couch” model, a human tragedy that is rapidly growing exponentially. Also, the failure that combined systems are creating towards a tsunami rapidly moving to crash and destroy many economic systems due to many factors so we can become part of the solution. We will send you the article written by Joanne Lara and Lynn Dunsavage’s in Gold Medal Winner, Official Autism 101 Manual

Current initiatives

List of Workshops to be Offered:

Overcoming fears and myths

  • Understanding neurodiversity and inclusion
  • Stereotypes and myths
  • Observations from five volunteers
  • Innovative approaches to problem solving

Why hire people on the spectrum of neurodiversity?

  • What is ‘neurodiversity’?
  • The “Atypical Advantage”
    • How a disability becomes a super ability
  • The unique qualities of the neurodiverse mind
    • Extreme focus, pattern recognition
    • Attention to detail
    • Honesty, logic, ‘hyper’ focus
  • Able to perform repetitive tasks with great accuracy without losing interest
  • Case Studies on Success Stories
    • Meticulon
    • Microsoft
    • Ernst & Young
    • Rising Tide Car Wash

Building an inclusive labour force

  • Strategies to build inclusivity
  • Best practices for hiring inclusively
  • Roles for higher functioning and lower functioning people
  • What inclusivity does for your workforce
  • Human Rights and Accommodation
  • Workspace and environmental considerations:
    • Sensory conditions, light, smells, crowds, noise, social skills

How to train, how to retain, how to prepare people with disabilities for interviews

  • How to facilitate people on the spectrum in dealing with social issues
  • Accommodating people on the spectrum
  • Workspaces, environmental considerations
  • Managing / supervising people with disabilities

Supporting people with disabilities

  • Demonstrating appropriate social behaviour
  • Communications challenges
  • Understanding social norms/behavioural acceptance
    • Human Rights, Employer Accommodation and Legal issues