Parenting Adults With Autism
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|Fri, 03-09-2012 - 3:52pm|
Huffington Post has an article from a mother with an autistic son, she's frustrated with how difficult it has been to find her son a job and how corporations could be missing out on the opportunity of hiring people with autism that might fit a niche that would benefit them both:
We raised our son -- our community raised our son -- not to think that he is "disabled," but to be integrated into the communities around him. This took a lot of work on my son's part and on the part of many, many people who spent much time and energy teaching him to perform tasks and be part of communities in a mutual way. We taught him (and he learned) that he needs to work, as well as he can, at the expectations of those who supervise him, no matter what he "wants" to do during those hours. He can do this and he does this.
And I am so completely frustrated right now with structures that "protect" institutions and corporations, and even individuals instead of giving adults with autism the opportunity to figure out work situations that will be beneficial for them, and for these institutions and corporations. I understand. Completely. And if it doesn't work out for everyone involved, it will not work out for my son. But it seems that with all of the talk of making autistic people part of "our" society, this last step -- integrating them into mainstream workplaces in ways that will work for everyone involved -- is proving very, very difficult.
You can read the complete article at this link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jenee-woodard/parenting-adults-with-autism_b_1310891.html
She is asking how we can truly integrate adults with autism into mainstream society that would beneficial to everyone.