Employment for Adults with Autism, Part I

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Employment for adults with autism is a huge concern for parents of these special needs individuals.  Many adults with autism are capable of having full time jobs but lack the skills needed to assimilate within the workforce.

FamilyAffaires.com Contributor Dr. Robert Naseef who is a world renown Psychologist who specializes in working with families who have special needs members, is a father of an adult with autism and is author for many publications on this topic shares his personal beliefs.

Through this 3 part interview by Roseann Vanella, FamilyAffaires.com Family Expert & Community Advocate we will learn of the program Dr. Naseef is working on with The ARC of Philadelphia along with a major technology  corporation on how he is working to train these adults with autism for job training.

Dr. Naseef explains that when interviewed, the parents of adults with autism feel desperate to make sure that their children will be well taken care of through the future and giving these adults the opportunity to enter the workforce will not only put these parents at ease but it will also create a much more collaborative environment in many workplaces and provide jobs that would other not exist for adults with autism.

For more information on this topic view Roseann Vanella’s interview with Dr. Temple Grandin.

We welcome your thoughts & comments below or on our Forum. Dr. Robert Naseef will respond to all questions asked on our Forum.

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About Robert Naseef

Robert Naseef, Ph.D., speaks and writes in a singular voice as a psychologist and father of an adult son with autism. His latest book, Autism in the Family: Caring and Coping Together (2013) by Brookes Publishing includes advance praise from autism experts, parents, and people with autism such as Temple Grandin and Stephen Shore. Learn more about Robert at www.alternativechoices.com

2 thoughts on “Employment for Adults with Autism, Part I

  1. Jackie Pantaliano

    Great interview on a critical topic. I’ve said the exact phrases Dr. Naseef noted other parents have said, “I will never have an empty nest,” and “I can never die.” After extended high school with five years of job coaching and vocational training we struggle daily with my 21-year-old graduate who has a golden opportunity with a culinary training program which is three mornings a week for 3-1/2 hours geared specifically for special needs adults. He has always wanted to bake for a living. He calls us regularly to pick him up early or can’t wake up to go because he’s too tired! (He does struggle with sleep, but we used to manage most t days to get him on a school bus at 7 am. This program starts at 9!) We are frustrated beyond belief and are worried that our son who has a high IQ, will never be able to stick with a job or understand the necessity of having responsibilities. He has two other paying jobs in the afternoons which are only 2 hours each (one is 2 days a week and the other is only once a week) which seems to be his limit. All he wants to do is watch anime. We are enforcing limits to his electronics and responsibilities for him to earn time on his devices but we are worn out, aging, both self-employed and struggling mightily. We feel like he’s on a downward slide rather than progressing. We see both a psychologist and psychiatrist for him. We don’t see a light at the end of the tunnel and he’s supposedly “high functioning.” We marvel at individuals considered “lower functioning” who run circles around him in terms of life skills and compliance with responsibilities. He appears to have greater sensory issues and anxieties than those considered lower-functioning. We’re at our wit’s end.

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  2. Lynda Shanahan

    Jackie, I completely empathize with your situation with two sons on the spectrum. I too feel a sense of desperation, feel like I can’t die, and may never have an empty nester as Dr. Naseef stated in his interview. I am constantly advocating for them in agencies, colleges, and doctor’s offices. Thank God we’re there for them for support and guidance. As a special education teacher, I see many students do not have that. Our high schools need established transition programs and individuals with special needs should have a “go to” person to help them navigate the system as they transition to adulthood. I think it’s great that your son has a part time afternoon job and that you’re working so hard to help him achieve his goal.

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