Parenting Adults With Autism

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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.

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Fri, 04-27-2012 - 8:48pm
Thanks for hooking me up to the above link Melissa!
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Mon, 04-23-2012 - 2:21pm

That would be so frustrating, Jan, I hope she can find something soon. What types of interests does she have?

I found a like on Autism Speaks that has some resources listed, you might have luck with one of them in finding her a job:
http://www.autismspeaks.org/docs/family_services_docs/Autism_in_the_Workplace_-_New_Resources.pdf

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Sat, 04-21-2012 - 2:08am

Hi,

I am a mother of an adult child with PDD. Have been searching for employment since december. My daughter was also "included " in the regular education setting for the most part. We can't find a job for her, even after using job coaching services. The process of getting approved for services and use of services is slow. My daughter has been sitting around doing nothing for over 4 months since she tried college and does not want to continue. She wants to work. No interviews and no calls. I am very frustrated and so is she. Any suggestions or just hearing from someone in a similar situations would be more than welcome.

Jan