- 21December 2018
Adults who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) face many challenges in life, with one of the major ones being securing and holding a job. Statistics reveal that unemployment rates for those with ASD are between 75% and 90%. Furthermore, 46.2% of the employed adults with ASD were inadequately employed or overeducated, according to a study by Baldwin. The main reasons behind these sad figures are:
- Awkward social skills
- Communication difficulties
- Sensitivity to environmental stimuli
Even when they manage to secure a job, autistic adults often find it difficult to adhere to the social rules and norms of the workplace. This results in ridicule, alienation and, in some cases, even contempt. Feeling ostracized, autistic adults often end up discouraged and disillusioned, which makes them quit their jobs.
Although they are affected by disabilities, autistic people do not suffer from a lack of intelligence, and there is no reason why a person with ASD cannot have a good work product. An example is Albert Einstein, whose autism didn’t stop him from immortalizing himself in the world of theoretical physics. Here are some steps that can help adults with ASD secure and keep a job.
As we previously mentioned, adults with autism often fail to hold a job because they lose confidence. Autistic people often avoid social contact because of the fear of being rejected, and they are rarely aware of their limits and abilities. Knowing yourself is critical to becoming confident.
For people who have ASD, testing the world in safe ways can help them realize that they are far more capable than they ever realized. A good mentor or therapist can also help you understand your identity and abilities.
Expand Your Social Horizons
Just because autistic people have a different way of socializing, it doesn’t mean that they socialize wrong. In workplaces, there are lots of things that can be discussed, ranging from sports, politics and even personal lives. No one exists in a vacuum, not even autistic people. A little social interaction is everyone’s need. For autistic people, learning to socialize with those who possess neurotypical skills can be both useful and interesting.
Build a Portfolio
Although you may have excellent work product, interview skills are probably not your best suit. Unfortuantely, the ability to obtain most jobs depends upon you being successful in an interview. However, you will find that self-awareness, and the ability to convey the fact that interview skills aren’t one of your strengths can be very beneficial for you. This is where portfolios come in. They can represent your work product and you as an employee in an excellent manner.
At Orange County for Autism Awareness, we believe that early interventions and autism awareness can bring about a lasting change to the lives of the people who have ASD. Contact us today to find out about the difference you can make.