St. Louis, MO, October 11, 2018

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

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations received in writing by September 28, 2018 will be issued a refund less a $35.00 administration fee per registrant. We are not responsible for cancellations that are not received. Please confirm cancellations. After September 28 there are no refunds for any reason. Forward Motion Coaching reserves the right to cancel the seminar due to low enrollment, in which case, the seminar fee will be returned. We are not responsible for travel costs. Confirm the event before booking travel.

October 11, 2018

Registration and networking: 8:00am
Program: 8:30am — 2:30pm

University of Missouri – St. Louis
366 Millennium Student Center
1 University Blvd.
Saint Louis, MO 63121

Special Rates for Members of the Missouri Career Development Association

The seminar cost is $255 per person. MoCDA members pay $225 (use code MoCDA when you register)

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Includes a workbook with tips, assessments, resources. Lite morning refreshments provided.

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To find out more about offering this training at your agency or organization, call 617-690-2127, or send an email to

What Attendees Have to Say

“I now have techniques, as well as insight on how to help my students find jobs post-graduation.” Career Counselor

“Loved the case studies. They [brought] a sense of practical application to the information presented …” Career Counselor

“A very well coordinated and quality presentation! Thank you!” Vocational Rehabilitation

“The seminar was excellent and will help me tremendously!” Career Counselor

“I was impressed by the content and presentation of the information. Applicable for all of the consumers on our caseload. “ Non-Profit

“Presenter is knowledgeable, professional, and engaging. She provided many concrete examples from her own experience, which makes factual information easier to apply and remember.” Vocational Rehabilitation

“Phenomenal seminar, Barbara!!!” Career Counselor

“I appreciate all the new resources.” Non-profit

“The exercises were quite powerful. Wonderful training! Thank you!!” Career Counselor

“I learned a lot and now have a better understanding of the syndrome. The workbook and tools provided within were excellent.” Career Counselor

“Very thoughtful and pragmatic.” Career counselor

“Presentation was well-organized and moved at a good pace. The workbook is packed with useful material I’m sure I will refer to regularly.” Non-Profit

“An excellent seminar. I have a better understanding of the disability and left more confident about my role in assisting my clients obtain employment.” Non-Profit

“The content and presentation style were excellent!” Vocational Rehabilitation

“Your approach is positive and builds on a person’s strengths.” Career Counselor

“Excellent presentation filled with thought provoking information and practical solutions. Would travel again for one of Barbara’s presentations.” Non-Profit

“Very engaging – I loved the use of activities, case studies, and personal anecdotes.” Career Counselor