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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

The Autism Society of Maine celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month and we encourage you to participate. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.

The Autism Society supports federal policies and initiatives that facilitate greater access to the workforce and increase the employment rate for people with autism. The organization advocates for public programs that provide meaningful engagement and resources necessary to be successful in community employment. Individuals with intellectual disabilities should have support to transition away from segregated, non-minimum wage jobs, emphasizing the use of natural supports. To learn more about our efforts regarding employment visit, Are you interested in helping to support our efforts on employment?

There are many ways to contribute: volunteer, donate, or share your story with us:

Autism Society of Maine


Employment Resources for Individuals on the Spectrum

There will be 500,000 adults on the autism spectrum aging into adulthood over the next 10 years. Yet a whopping 85% of college grads affected by autism are unemployed. The Autism Society wants to help individuals and families living with autism find the right opportunities for employment. Here are some resources to help land the job that’s right for you.

Maine Resources was developed in collaboration between the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Labor and Muskie School of Public Service as part of the CHOICES CEO project funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.

Maine Department of Labor - Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Maine Department of Vocational Rehabilitation Youth and Transition Services

High School and Beyond: A Guide to Transition Services in Maine

Bangor Daily News Article: I Have Something Still to Give 

Job-seekers with neurological conditions sought for award-winning documentary series

Employment Resources and Articles
• Five Tips for Individuals with Autism on Finding Employment
• Ask the Expert: Employment on the Autism Spectrum: Life Skill Strategies for Employment Success
• Ask the Expert – Peter F. Gerhardt, Ed.D.
• Ask the Expert – Kerry Magro “A Letter to Employers About The Interview Process From an Adult with Autism”
• Getting Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder Ready for Employment
• Autism Society Employment Web page
• Employment is an Option – Solving Time Management Issues for those on the Spectrum

• Autism Society National Position Statement

Personal Stories
• View from the Spectrum – Carly Fulgham
• View from the Spectrum – John Miller