Based on the Autism Works Now! (R) Workplace Readiness Workshop, this interactive resource shows how to help students aged 14-17 develop the necessary transition skills for getting and keeping a meaningful job, with accompanying worksheets available to download.
Structured around 2-hour weekly sessions over an eight month period, the program is ideal for teaching to groups of students with autism. It covers essential topics such as organization and time management, interview skills, appropriate workplace attire, and networking. It advises on how to arrange a field trip to local businesses so students can gain experience of being in the workplace. Worksheets and questionnaires help to track progress and discover what types of job will be appropriate based on an individual's skills and interests, and the book also includes a template for creating effective resumes.
Joanne Lara, MA teaches the Autism Works Now curriculum, which provides expressive movement therapy and workplace skills to individuals with autism for meaningful employment. Susan Osborne is Director of Autism Works Now (AWN), and also delivers the AWN curriculum. She was the former programme director at the College Internship Program in Long Beach, California, where she implemented and developed career training and job placement for young adults with autism.
Foreword by Temple Grandin, PhD. Preface by Joanne Lara, MA. Introduction. PART ONE: Understanding Autism Works Now. 1. The Importance of Work. 2. Matching the Job to the Individual and Filling in the Blanks - How to Assess an Individual's Interests, Skills and Abilities for Job Placements and Workplace Paperwork. 3. Getting Organized with Goggle - Using Google's Free Apps to Stay Organized, On Time and In Communication. 4. Dress for Success - Knowing What to Wear to Make a Favorable Impression. 5. Interview Essentials: What to do Before, During and After a Job Interview. 6. Landing the Job - Where to Look, Networking and Creating a Professional Online Profile. 7. Connections are Key - Maintaining Positive Workplace Relations On and Off the Job. 8. Understanding the Workplace - Know Your Rights and How to Effectively Self-Advocate. PART TWO: Workshop Structure. 9. Behavior Behavior Behavior. 10. Group and Candidate Requirements. 11. Classroom Requirements. 12. Classroom Meetings. 13. Field Trips. 14. Instructional Materials. References.