Employment and the Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders

II. Planning for a Brighter Future

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High Expectations! Path to Employment! Changing Landscape!

Youth and adults with autism now see new and expanded opportunities for employment and community membership are possible! There is reason to believe a bright future is ahead. However, employment potential does not guarantee the job. Youth must be ready with the foundational skills, knowledge and experiences to facilitate movement along the path and readiness to take advantage of the opportunities available. This requires a plan and carefully selected activities, experiences, and education. It is a plan best guided by the youth with assistance and support of a team, with the focus on adulthood and career beginning well before the graduation date.

The following sections drills down to discuss priority areas to consider for planning. The information included offers ideas and resources to assist teams to develop effective plans that will result in meaningful community employment and community membership.

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