"The Right Talent, Right Now"
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.
Please call Autism Society of Maine if you have questions about employment resources: 1-800-273-5200.
Social Security work incentives tools for those on SSI/DI
Explore Work Curriculum: Discusses self-advocacy, identifying interest, why people work, etc.
Department of Labor Employment Policy: Offers a comprehensive range of resources through transition to employment.
Think Work: Employment successes, career planning, job matching & more.
Employment First APSE defines
To Tell or Not to Tell: Issues of Disclosure in the Workplace: Issue brief released by the Center for Autism Research at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia that discusses self-disclosure by youth and adults on the autism spectrum who are seeking job opportunities.
Unlocked Potential: An Employment Guide for People with Autism: Guidebook developed by the Autism Society of Minnesota in collaboration with the state's Vocational Rehabilitation Services, which shares strategies for job search, self-disclosure, and workplace management.
IBCCES: National partner of ASA offering certification programs for autism & other cognitive disorders. Explore CAC’s here.
HirePotential, Inc: provides solutions to help government contractors succeed in navigating the complexities of disability compliance and inclusion.
Autism @ Work Playbook for employers to build inclusive hiring models.
JAN Workplace Accommodation Toolkit
Assisting job seekers: A guide for employment specialists
Jobs & Training Programs
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN): leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.
The Spectrum Careers: job portal developed to help people with autism and/or other disabilities obtain employment.
RecruitDisability.Org: platform for job seekers with disabilities and company recruiters to connect.
Bender Consulting Services: recruit and hire people with disabilities for competitive career opportunities in the public and private sectors.
Ability Jobs: Job site for people with disabilities.
Project Search internship program.
Celebrate EDU: Kindling workshop for job interest, business 101 skills & exploration
Assist people with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities to seek employment toolkit.
transforming system to Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE). Strategies