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Autism works : a guide to successful employment across the entire spectrum

Adam Feinstein (Author)
"People with autism are being left behind today, with only 16 percent in full-time employment. This inspiring book addresses the lack of understanding of the wonderful contributions people across the autism spectrum can make to the workplace, drawing attention to this vast untapped human resource. Employers who create supportive workplaces can enhance their companies by making use of the talents of people with autism while also helping to produce a more inclusive and tolerant society, and people with autism can themselves benefit materially and emotionally from improved employment opportunities. Packed with real-life case studies examining the day-to-day working lives of people across the autism spectrum in a wide variety of careers, this book provides constructive solutions for both employers seeking to improve their workplaces and for individuals with autism considering their employment options. It dispels popular myths about autism, such as that everyone is good at IT, and crucially tackles the potential job opportunities available across the spectrum, including for those who have no language at all. It also highlights the neglected area of gender differences in the workplace and the costs of autistic females' ability to 'camouflage' their condition. This book is a must-read for parents, employers and adults with autism, and for anyone interested in the present and future of people with autism in the workplace who will benefit from the positive message that employing autistic people is not an act of charity but one that makes sound economic sense"--Publisher's description
eBook, English, 2019
Routledge Taylor and Francis Group, London, 2019
1 online resource
9781351252324, 9781351252348, 9780815369318, 9781351252331, 9781351252317, 1351252321, 1351252348, 081536931X, 135125233X, 1351252313
Print version:
Part I: The importance of being employed
1 The paucity of research
2 Transitioning from education to work
Part II: Which job : and why?
3 Choosing a job : an overview (and a demolition of the stereotypes)
4 Unpaid work : and internships
5 Self-employment
6 Matching skills to jobs
7 Public-service jobs
8 Other job openings
Part III: Applying for a job
9 Before the interview
10 To disclose or not to disclose : the pros and cons
11 The interview
12 Advice to employers
Part IV: Holding down a job
13 Research findings
14 The "hidden curriculum" of the workplace
15 Sensory issues
16 Executive dysfunction
17 The importance (and dangers) of literal language in the workplace
18 Bullying, harassment and discrimination in the workplace
19 What employers should know : reasonable adjustments in the workplace
20 Examples of good practice by employers
Part V: Neurodiversity in the workplace
21 Embracing difference
22 Examples of good practice
Part VI : Gender in the workplace : the costs of camouflage
23 What the research tells us
24 The implications for employment
Part VIII: Employment schemes that work in the uk
25 By way of introduction
26 Where to go?