Once an adult with autism spectrum lands a job, continued employment support is important to help them become successful in the workplace. A job environment constantly changes; tasks are modified, coworkers and managers leave, and new people come in. These are usually unique challenges for people having autism spectrum disorder because they often face difficulty to make a transition to new people and meet new expectations.
Many people with autism may not need employment support. But on-job autism employment support is useful for those who lack self-advocacy and communication skills. Continued support, as a result, is required for adults having autism so that they remain employed over time and attain success.
Employees having autism often face social difficulties that serve as a barrier in employment. Counselors and liaison officers usually provide on-job autism employment support so that employers and coworkers are able to understand their uniquely-abled colleagues. The social aspect in professional relationships is important for mentors and job coaches to address. The support has to be tailored to meet the individual’s need as each person on the spectrum is different.
Eligibility for autism employment support needs to be expanded through government intervention. That aside, on-job autism employment support must be extended to all adults, regardless of their role in the organization. Many vocational rehab programs lack proper support. Workplace training should begin at a young age. Job shadowing, internships, volunteer positions, and trainee programs should be extended to high school students having autism so that they could be better prepared to meet workplace challenges.