Most of the adults with autism spectrum disorder require lifelong support, supervision, training, and reinforcement skills to live independently. The responsibility of public schools to provide these services end when the individual passes the school age. When the child transforms into a young adult, the family is often faced with the challenge to come up with a plan that can offer these services.
These days, a number of cities have begun to explore new ways for helping people with autism land gainful employment and work within a wider community. Innovative autism supportive programs help adults on the spectrum enable adults to find work and live independently in the mainstream society, as opposed to a largely segregated environment.
By teaching and reinforcing the good working skills and a positive social behavior, autism supportive programs help people on the spectrum to live up to their expectations and potential. Work should be meaningful and based upon each individual’s abilities and strengths. For instance, a person with autism, may be able to carry out complex and repetitive actions because of good hand-eye coordination. Such a skill is particularly useful in manufacturing and assembling tasks. Similarly, a worker who has a low level of IQ and fewer language skills can be trained to work in a comparatively easier task like sorting the silverware in a restaurant or housekeeping in a resort.
Adults having a higher skill level can be trained to work in the electronics equipment assembling industry or in a typical office environment.