Finding Employment that Works for
Individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome
April 19, 2017, Arlington, VA
2807 North Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22207
Sponsored by the Virginia Career Development Association
(Special rates for VCDA members!)
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, 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. A comprehensive workbook includes strategies, tips, worksheets and 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 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
About the Virginia Career Development Assocation (VCDA)
The VCDA supports individuals in discovering and leading meaningful and productive lives through quality education. The organization recognizes that effective career development has a direct and positive impact on workforce development, economic growth, and prosperity.
The VCDA strengthens the knowledge and skills of career development professionals, increases the quality of career resources, education and services, and enhances the profession through increased awareness, collaboration, and consultation.
To learn more about offering this training at your agency, organization or group, call 617-690-2127, or email Barbara@ForwardMotion.info.