Employment is generally considered a central defining characteristic of adulthood. Unfortunately, for the majority of adults on the autism spectrum employment remains an unattainable goal. Though there may be a number reasons why this is the case, a primary reason appears to be the failure to target the necessary skills as part of the transition process. Much of our current instructional repertoire is focused on teaching either academic competencies (e.g., reading, math, etc.) or, as individuals enter adolescence, generally isolated activities of daily living (ADLs). Unfortunately, the central employability skills have little to do with academic competencies and are, instead, a subset of adaptive behavior. This workshop will present an overview of transition to employment from the point of view of the individual student, their family, their school, and potential employers with emphasis of the targeting skills that are community, rather than classroom, based.
August 6 – 9, 2018
The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
State College, Pennsylvania