Search and Filters
Search and Filters
It is common knowledge that people with disabilities tend to experience higher rates of unemployment and underemployment. Many employers seem to be unwilling to give disabled individuals a chance when they feel that their company’s success is at stake. However, according to the latest employment statistics, autistic adults are the most unemployed group when all individuals with disabilities are compared. The social idiosyncrasies of this group may lead employers to believe that they cannot complete the necessary tasks for the position, which is clearly an incorrect assumption. As someone with Asperger’s, I too have struggled to find full time employment, but my knowledge of what makes an ideal working environment has been very helpful with my journey. I would like to share my thoughts in this regard, and I hope that you find my advice to be beneficial as you enter the working world.
Since I have finished college, I have had a very difficult time with finding full-time employment. I have spent my days completing a variety of internships in my area of interest while working part-time as a blogger. However, I have been very thankful to have supervisors who were very understanding of my needs as someone with ASD. I have also had the opportunity to volunteer for a start-up organization, AspergerWorks, that has the ultimate goal of providing services to autistic adults in the workplace. The purpose of this blog entry, though, is not to talk about my experiences. It is to help those with ASD and their families make the most out of their search for employment, and to help employers become more aware of the accommodations that their autistic employees may need. My dream is for all autistic individuals to find work that they enjoy and feel comfortable with, and I will do everything in my power to make sure that this happens.
Note: shortly after writing this piece, Nathan Hughes was offered work as a full-time skills specialist. He will be working with students who have disabilities as they aim to gain employment and independence skills. Congratulations Nathan!
Nathan Hughes is a recent graduate of Lesley University, where he received his Master’s Degree in Education of Students with Moderate Disabilities in Grades 5-12. He is also a graduate of Salem State University, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in English. As someone who is on the autism spectrum, Nathan’s goal is to work in educational research and to contribute to a better understanding of autism.