Creating autism employment opportunities and hiring an autistic individual is only half the job. Motivating them to become performers, through continued autism employment support, is the biggest challenge for the human resource (HR) manager. A job environment constantly changes. New people come in the management. Sometimes even the ownership changes hands. These present some unique situations for autistic employees.
Autism employment support after landing a job
People on the autism spectrum often face difficulties to interact with new people and expectations. They usually suffer from communication drawbacks. Their self-advocacy skills are also often weak. Under such circumstances, continued autism employment support is necessary for such employees to remain employed and attain success over time.
It’s commonly believed that mentors, liaisons, and job coaches are required to ensure that autistic employees understand their jobs, and at the same time, employers and colleagues comprehend the unique needs of their coworker with autism. A person with autism has social difficulties and these frequently serve as a barrier to gainful employment.
Social aspects of a working relationship are imperative for mentors and job coaches to address while working with an autistic employee. Support should be tailored for each individual because each autistic person is different. Each has a different set of skills and challenges to overcome at the workplace and this should be kept in mind while generating employment for autistic adults.
But of course, autism employment support should be enhanced via legislation. All cooperation must be extended to autistic adults, irrespective of their place in the spectrum. Majority of the vocational rehab programs, unfortunately, don’t include proper support. Workplace training should commence from a much younger age. Job shadowing, volunteering, and internships must be made available to autistic students in high schools so that they can be better prepared for their worklife and needs fewer ongoing supports. Autistic adults are a valuable section of the workforce and can become worthy and productive employees if given proper support and encouragement.
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