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Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models
for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
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Information for Employers

"I Do That for Everybody": Supervising Employees With Autism

The supervisors of 14 successfully employed individuals with autism were interviewed using a semistructured interview procedure, supplemented by worksite observations, to examine their supervisory practices and their perceptions of employees with autism. Supervisors evaluated their employees with autism highly, and qualitative analysis found that a set of specific supervisory accommodation strategies were commonly associated with successful supervision. These strategies included maintaining a consistent schedule and set of job responsibilities, using organizers to structure the job, reducing idle or unstructured time, being direct when communicating with the employee, and providing reminders and reassurances. Supervisors believed that the assistance they and the individual received from a rehabilitation agency was critical to successful employment. Implications for advancing the employment of individuals with autism are presented.

Authors: Hagner, David; Cooney, Bernard F.

Year: 2005

Source: Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, Volume 20, Number 2, pages 91-97


Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

JAN is one of several service provided by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). JAN represents the most comprehensive resource for job accommodations available. JAN's mission is to facilitate the employment and retention of workers with disabilities by providing employers, employment providers, people with disabilities, their family members and other interested parties with information on job accommodations, entrepreneurship, self-employment and small business opportunities.



Workplace Inclusion: Persons with Disabilities and Coworkers Working Together

The purpose of this article is to assist supported employment professionals with identifying and promoting quality integration outcomes for individuals with significant disabilities. Workplace inclusion is an important outcome measure of a quality employment program supporting individuals with disabilities. Multiple factors must be examined when determining if a particular job or employee is integrated. First, the indicators that are characteristic of vocational integration are described. Second, systematic procedures for assessing integration opportunities in the workplace and an individual's social preferences are discussed. Third, strategies for improving integration and quality of life outcomes are presented. The article emphasizes the importance of systematic and ongoing assessment of the job setting and the worker if maximum integration is to be achieved and maintained.

Author: Wehman, Paul.

Year: 2003

Source: Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 18(2), pp. 131-141.