Success Seminar
Developing a Job Search Preparation Class for Students with
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
New York State...
Objectives
Identify common
barriers in career
development in
individuals with ASD
Objectives
Be able to identify
• Tools
• Resources
• Assessments
to support the career
development of
individuals with ASD
Objectives
“Speak the language” of
a job seeker with ASD
Be able to recreate job
search course from
start to finish
ASD on the job: Benefits
Diversity
Enhanced
communication
Skills
Characteristics
Efficiency
ASD on the job: Challenges
Interests may not
lead to successful
career
Organizational
Challenges
Importance
of work
enviro...
Development of Success Seminar
Began in 2009
One class per term
Pass/Fail
Meets 1x per week for 1.5
hours
Results
Spectrum...
1.1 Connect Students with Career Options
Highly defined interests
Desire to connect interests and
career
May have no idea
...
1.2 Connect Students with Career Options
Assessments
Interests Careers
Skills
Occupational Research
What’s in a name?
1.3 Connect Students with Career Options
Connect interests and
skills with occupations
Building blocks for
interview prep
...
2.1 Understand Importance of Work Environment
Technical areas vs. “soft
skills”
Common areas of challenge
“Friendly” envir...
2.2 Understand Importance of Work Environment
Self-accommodation
Disclosure training
Productivity “Drill”
2.3 Understand Importance of Work Environment
Encourage self-
advocacy
Continued occupational
research
Give (tough) feedba...
3.1 Adjust to Their Audience
Perspective-taking
Values
Why does the employer
care so much?
3.2 Adjust to Their Audience
6 Steps to Interview Prep
1) Making a good first impression
2) What to wear and bring
3) Comm...
3.3 Adjust to Their Audience
Provide NT
“Translation”
Feedback and coaching
Encourage perspective-
taking
Networking “Fina...
4.1 Acquire Job Search Competencies
Overwhelming
Lying vs. Marketing
4.2 Acquire Job Search Competencies
Resume writing
Cover letter
“How to Work a Career
Fair”
Elevator pitch
Digital Dirt
4.3 Acquire Job Search Competencies
Feedback
Provide safe place to
practice
5.1 Effectively Execute Job Search
Decode a job
description
Stay on track
5.2 Effectively Execute Job Search
Beyond job boards:
Checklist
Time management:
What to do and when
Do’s and Don’t’s
5.3 Effectively Execute Job Search
Decoding job
descriptions
Non-negotiable vs Negotiable
Advanced ability vs Proficiency
...
Next steps…
1 term =
2 semesters
Field trips to
work sites
Nurture
relationships
Alumni
give back
A note about terminology
“Neurotypical” or “NT”
“Aspie”
“Autie”
“Asperger’s”
“HFA”/ “High Functioning Autism”
Person-first...
5 things you can do in 5 minutes
1) Follow Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN) on
Facebook
2) Research ASD related event...
References
Autism Spectrum Disorder Data and Statistics
DSM-V Implementation and Support
Preparing Youth with Autism Spect...
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Presentation at New York State Career Development Association Conference in Buffalo, NY. Reviews plans and special considerations when creating a job search preparation class for students on the Autism Spectrum.

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  • Knowing what to apply to – do in class activities

    Non-negotiable = extensive experience in, must include

    Negotiable: Preferred, desired, should be familiar with

    Advanced skill: in-depth knowledge of

    Proficiency: working knowledge of, some experience with.

    deadline driven, fast-paced = a lot of pressure
    self starter, work independently = minimal guidance and supervision
    Maintain a sense of humor = your work is demanding and stressful
    strong organizational skills = may have to shift attention rapidly throughout the day

    Feedback: What’s going on? Applying to two few jobs? Applied to 30 jobs and then just sit back and wait for the jobs to come?? Nice to do this when the job search is going on
  • Etiquette dinner – ordering multiple entrees at lunch, why not! They are paying!
  • He’s SO Autistic
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    1. 1. Success Seminar Developing a Job Search Preparation Class for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) New York State Career Development Association Buffalo, NY Janine Rowe, MSEd., NCC Career Counselor Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services Rochester Institute of Technology
    2. 2. Objectives Identify common barriers in career development in individuals with ASD
    3. 3. Objectives Be able to identify • Tools • Resources • Assessments to support the career development of individuals with ASD
    4. 4. Objectives “Speak the language” of a job seeker with ASD Be able to recreate job search course from start to finish
    5. 5. ASD on the job: Benefits Diversity Enhanced communication Skills Characteristics Efficiency
    6. 6. ASD on the job: Challenges Interests may not lead to successful career Organizational Challenges Importance of work environment Adjusting to the neurotypical viewpoint
    7. 7. Development of Success Seminar Began in 2009 One class per term Pass/Fail Meets 1x per week for 1.5 hours Results Spectrum Support Program (SSP) Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services Disability Services
    8. 8. 1.1 Connect Students with Career Options Highly defined interests Desire to connect interests and career May have no idea May have a very clear idea
    9. 9. 1.2 Connect Students with Career Options Assessments Interests Careers Skills Occupational Research What’s in a name?
    10. 10. 1.3 Connect Students with Career Options Connect interests and skills with occupations Building blocks for interview prep Manage unrealistic expectations
    11. 11. 2.1 Understand Importance of Work Environment Technical areas vs. “soft skills” Common areas of challenge “Friendly” environments
    12. 12. 2.2 Understand Importance of Work Environment Self-accommodation Disclosure training Productivity “Drill”
    13. 13. 2.3 Understand Importance of Work Environment Encourage self- advocacy Continued occupational research Give (tough) feedback
    14. 14. 3.1 Adjust to Their Audience Perspective-taking Values Why does the employer care so much?
    15. 15. 3.2 Adjust to Their Audience 6 Steps to Interview Prep 1) Making a good first impression 2) What to wear and bring 3) Common questions 4) Behavioral-based 5) Mock interviews 6) Mock interviews
    16. 16. 3.3 Adjust to Their Audience Provide NT “Translation” Feedback and coaching Encourage perspective- taking Networking “Final”
    17. 17. 4.1 Acquire Job Search Competencies Overwhelming Lying vs. Marketing
    18. 18. 4.2 Acquire Job Search Competencies Resume writing Cover letter “How to Work a Career Fair” Elevator pitch Digital Dirt
    19. 19. 4.3 Acquire Job Search Competencies Feedback Provide safe place to practice
    20. 20. 5.1 Effectively Execute Job Search Decode a job description Stay on track
    21. 21. 5.2 Effectively Execute Job Search Beyond job boards: Checklist Time management: What to do and when Do’s and Don’t’s
    22. 22. 5.3 Effectively Execute Job Search Decoding job descriptions Non-negotiable vs Negotiable Advanced ability vs Proficiency Feedback
    23. 23. Next steps… 1 term = 2 semesters Field trips to work sites Nurture relationships Alumni give back
    24. 24. A note about terminology “Neurotypical” or “NT” “Aspie” “Autie” “Asperger’s” “HFA”/ “High Functioning Autism” Person-first language
    25. 25. 5 things you can do in 5 minutes 1) Follow Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN) on Facebook 2) Research ASD related events in your area 3) Brainstorm potential mentors 4) Bookmark Job Accommodation Network 5) Read “The Autism Advantage” on Nytimes.com about Specialisterne 1 thing you can do in 1 hour 1) Watch Neurotypical on POV on PBS
    26. 26. References Autism Spectrum Disorder Data and Statistics DSM-V Implementation and Support Preparing Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders for Adulthood: Employment Bissonnette, B. 2013. The Complete Guide to Getting a Job for People with Asperger’s Syndrome. Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Philadelphia.
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