Finding Employment that Works for
Individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome
Sponsored by the Missouri Career Development Association (MoCDA)
University of Missouri – St. Louis
Approved for Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) Continuing Education by the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE)
Finding the right job or career often poses a significant challenge for individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome (autism spectrum disorder) … and for professionals who assist them. Standard career planning protocols and occupational assessments are not designed to evaluate the unique profile of abilities and challenges of those on the autism spectrum.
Finding Employment that Works for Individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome is designed specifically for career counselors and coaches, disability services specialists, vocational rehabilitation specialists, job developers, clinicians, and other professionals who want to be better equipped to guide these clients.
This full-day seminar explains how communication, executive functioning and sensory processing difficulties impact adults in the workplace. You will learn:
- What is Asperger’s Syndrome
- How communication, sensory, and executive function difficulties impact individuals in the workplace
- Why occupational choices should not be based on interests
- Four steps to finding the right job match
- How to help individuals conduct better vocational research and prepare for interviews
- How to establish rapport, encourage flexible thinking, deal with anxiety and resistance
- Much more!
Information is presented in non-technical language, and illustrated with examples from the presenter’s extensive experience coaching hundreds of adults with Asperger’s Syndrome and similar autism spectrum profiles. The event features interactive exercises and case studies. Attendees receive comprehensive workbook with tips, worksheets, assessments and resources.
The strategies and tools presented in this seminar will increase your confidence and ability to assist individuals who are seeking competitive (not sheltered or heavily supported) employment. Topics include:
- Understanding how people with Asperger’s Syndrome think
- Translating strengths of the “Asperger Mind” into manageable jobs and careers
- Choosing assessments that provide a more accurate profile of abilities
- Best and worst work environments
- Addressing fear of change, unrealistic expectations, and other employment barriers
- Disclosure and accommodation strategies
Sponsored by the Missouri Career Development Association
The MoCDA provides opportunities for professional development, connections, and collaboration among Missouri area career development professionals. The organization advocates for issues related to career development and promotes integrity and professionalism within the field. MoCDA is inclusive of students and professionals engaged in the career development field; constituencies include higher education, K-12 schools, agencies, private practice, corporate, and government. Click here to learn more.
To learn more about offering this training at your agency, organization or group, call 617-690-2127, or email Barbara@ForwardMotion.info.