Overcoming Life On The Spectrum

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Overcoming Life on the Spectrum The conundrum regarding the job prospects of adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders, or ASDs is growing. This unsettling truth has become a source of concern for families with autistic children all around the United States. The mental limitations that restrict people with Autism Spectrum Disorders are instigating a grim outlook on the subject of job availability. Some employers are against the idea of hiring a person with even a mild form of an ASD, regardless of whether the job requires advanced communication skills or not. The concept of interviews may also be overwhelming for people on the autism spectrum which may restrict them from finding a worthwhile job. As Jareen Inman of CNN explains, “When it comes to questions from businesses, it is just communicating to them the facts. Giving someone with autism a chance to work, many employers will discover that those on the spectrum are great at working with numbers, computers and spreadsheets" (par. 13). Utilizing programs that help in creating job opportunities for youth with autism is the first step toward gaining financial independence for these individuals. Autism has been recognized as an innate disorder since 1943 when Dr. Leo Kanner coined the term “autism” whilst describing a child that exhibited what are now consistently documented as autistic tendencies (Fischbach par. 4). Shirley Wang of the Wall Street Journal reports, “About 1% of the population in the U.S.—or some three million
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