Autism, Employment and a Job Club that delivers


If we are on a autism spectrum (or if your know someone of a spectrum) and we are acid for employment, have we got a provide for you.

Parents Jeff and Sherry Williams attended AASCEND’s Autism Job Club   this past Saturday and have created this guest post that is jam packed with information for people on a autism spectrum who are acid for employment. Please share this mus-read in-depth recap. Hey Jeff and Sherry, appreciate we so much.

The book of a same title is graphic above and was created by a Autism Job Club Founder Michael Bernick.


Our 24-year aged son, who is on a autism spectrum, graduated from Springstone School in Lafayette, an eccentric propagandize for grades 6 by 12 that serves students with Asperger’s Syndrome, non-verbal training incapacity and other executive duty challenges. He is now a comparison in college. He does really good academically, though networking, self-advocacy, and many of a skills he’ll need to find a pursuit sojourn challenging. He also has anxiety/panic attacks and feeling issues, hurdles with stamina, and is really bashful socially. All of these things could make it formidable to both obtain a pursuit and keep one though certain accommodations from his employer.

With graduation approaching, we are looking for resources that will assistance a son post-graduation.  We listened about a Autism Job Club with AASCEND, that stands for Autism Asperger’s Spectrum Coalition for Education Networking and Development. The San Francisco-based classification is open to everybody during no charge. Many of a folks on a Board of Directors have children on a spectrum or are on a spectrum themselves.

We motionless to check it out, and attended their assembly this past weekend.

The assembly was a 1st in a array of 4 meetings about jobs for adults on a spectrum.  There was a display by Theresa Woo, Director of a San Francisco Department of Rehab (DOR). At arriving meetings, 1 on 1 support will be accessible to assistance people with networking, resume preparation, pursuit hunt and more.

A wide operation of immature adults attended.  I trust they were on opposite levels of a spectrum. The summary during a assembly was a really certain and fortifying one. Many of a immature people in assemblage are gradually creation swell removing into a workforce and vital independently.


There were copiousness of opportunities to network with others, including with Stu Shader, who is organizing a discussion about Autism and Employment for Microsoft. He wanted to  learn  about people on a autistic spectrum and a hurdles they have removing and gripping jobs. He pronounced that Microsoft is perplexing tough to foster neurodiversity in their work force. He feels that a workforce is changing and will be removing some-more open to neurodiversity. He has already finished a before discussion on Dyslexia during work since both he and his daughter onslaught with this.

Kristen Pederson, the Director of Employment and Independent Living Services during The Arc San Francisco, was during a assembly as well.  The Arc helps with upheld practice and places 60-80 people per year. Their Marin bureau is starting a module soon. Kristen pronounced they also work with Bright Horizons to place people meddlesome in Early Childhood preparation in jobs during their preschools and day caring centers. Two of a families during a assembly had daughters who were looking for work in this field. One of these immature ladies has finished her Early Childhood Education Certificate and another is in college in Fresno. It was mentioned that there is an Arc in a East Bay though that a practice services are not as strong as a San Francisco’s.

Understanding a Department of Rehabilitation (DOR)

Theresa Woo explained how a Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) works and because it is something that can be useful for people on a spectrum.  She pronounced that to obtain DOR services, people and/or their relatives should start with their internal DOR.  Clients are authorised to request during age 16. The routine is goes something like this:  You call DOR for an course meeting.  They will afterwards establish if a customer is authorised formed on a following:

  1. Does a customer have a disability?
  2. Does a incapacity make it tough to get a pursuit or keep a job?
  3. Does a particular need assistance removing a job?

Many, though not all immature adults on a autism spectrum during a assembly were now in college or devise to be after high school. Before attending yesterday’s meeting, we did not comprehend that DOR had anything to offer a family. The DOR:

  • Covers all ranges of disabilities.  They can assistance with pursuit training, retraining, and tutoring.  They can assistance with soothing skills (social skills, networking, and self-advocacy). They can assistance with skills people need to keep a pursuit once they have it.  They can assistance with removing workplace accommodations and removing a job.
  • Has an practice coordinator who works with companies to find pursuit opportunities.  DOR can compensate for services from outward agencies.(I’m not certain accurately how this partial works; we know some outward services are easier to get if your immature adult is a Regional Center Client, so greatfully check with DOR.)
  • Partners with propagandize districts to assistance kids early with pursuit training/experience.  They support programs like Workability, that are accessible for both high propagandize and college students.
  • DOR counselors in San Francisco, that also covers San Mateo and Marin County, have about 2,500 open cases with any DOR advisor carrying approximately 100 cases.  In some cases, DOR clients can get assistance profitable for training including profitable for college costs that will assistance them be employable.
  • DOR clients seeking assistance profitable for college need to request for Financial Aid (FASFA) any year.  If a particular receives financial aid, afterwards DOR can assistance with a disproportion ( tuition, books, and education costs).
  • If a particular is denied Financial Aid, DOR can assistance compensate all of a costs.  Individuals contingency request for financial assist each year. I’m certain there are gift mandate that need to be met to establish if a training/schooling is something that will assistance a infirm adult get a destiny job, though this was not discussed.

The assembly authorised us to ask a lot of questions and lonesome a far-reaching operation of topics. We schooled useful information that will assistance a son in his hunt for employment..

AASCEND’s subsequent pursuit Club is Oct 10th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

The meetings are hold during The Arc San Francisco, 1500 Howard St. @ 11th St.

We highly suggest it.


 Additional Information

  • Individuals with disabilities seeking state of California supervision jobs can request for a LEAP certification that allows a infirm pursuit applicant to skip a Civil Service Exam and proceed directly to a talk routine for entrance turn state supervision jobs.
  • Individuals can request for a Schedule A certificate to skip a Civil Service examination for a sovereign government.
  • DOR does have an sequence of preference complement for services. They demeanour during 3 incapacity levels:
  • Most exceedingly incapacity (the incapacity has many impacts on a people life).
  • Severely infirm (disabilities impacts 2 areas of their life.)
  • Disability has no impact on a individual’s life or they usually need assistance for reduction than 6 months.
  • If an particular is in “a” or “b” above, they will really get services. If they are in area “c” above, they will get waitlisted. Individuals need support to get services (for example, a neuropsych report). They also need request on their incapacity and what services they need. If one disagrees with DOR’s decisions, there is an appeals routine and a customer assistance program.
  • For DOR clients, DOR will write adult an particular devise for a customer called a highway map. This will brand a form of pursuit we want, stairs to get there, and because we wish to do it. Plans can get re-done. Plans have a due date/completion date.
  • Once an particular gets a job, a box stays open if a particular is a Regional Center client. For people who are not Regional Center clients, a box stays open for 3 months though can be extended if a particular is struggling during his job.
  • DOR is not a 1 time module and can be used many times.
  • For people meddlesome in information technology, SAP, a mechanism module company, has a module called “Autism during Work”. (see for an essay about this.)
  • Once we are operative with DOR, we can tell themabout any issues we have during work and they can assistance we understanding with these issues during work, or if needed, assisting we find a pursuit that will work improved for you.
  • DOR  helps with all disabilities. An particular during a assembly pronounced he has cancer and that with Chemotherapy treatments; it is no longer probable for him to do all of a things he used to do during work. DOR is assisting him.
  • DOR does compensate for psychological, psychiatric, and neuropsych evaluations though people contingency use a places DOR works with and can't name s specific doctor of their own.
  • If we wish to request to DOR, it is useful if we can fill out a paperwork forward of time so that we can maximize a time we have during your initial meeting. DOR is really bustling and some people reported that a agencies in a area they live in are not means to do as most to assistance as a SF group sounds like it does.
  • DOR tries to know a client’s training modality to best assistance them with pursuit coaching. They also assistance with reckoning out when, or if, an particular will divulge his or her incapacity during work. Job coaches can come to a employee’s home, can accommodate during a pursuit site, work over a phone, or accommodate them for lunch. If an particular works during home, a manager can demeanour during a home sourroundings to assistance a workman minimize distractions.
  • Regional Center clients can accept prolonged tenure pursuit coaching.
  • There is a large CVS pursuit satisfactory entrance adult soon. If this is something we are meddlesome in, call a SF DOR and ask for Marilyn – Phone series is 415-904-7100.
  •  CAL State East Bay has a smashing career core and can assistance with internships. They also work with Workability 4 there.
  • Mike Bernick, who is one of a directors of AASCEND has created book called a Autism Job Club. . The Microsoft deputy spoke really rarely about this book during a meeting.
  • SF State has an Autism Studies Department called Project Common Ground.
  • A tyro who attends SF State who is on a spectrum spoke rarely about a assistance gets during SF State from a mentor.
  • Other organizations that were endorsed that assistance with jobs for people on a autistic spectrum embody Expandability East Bay Innovations and Best Buddies.
  • If your immature adult will be 26 and needs medical insurance, they endorsed articulate to your family’s stream employer to see if they will continue to cover a infirm adult and/or articulate to a Regional Center if your son/daughter is a client. Supposedly these options can be reduction costly than word underneath a Affordable Healthcare Act.
  • AASCEND would like people to “Like” their page on It is called a Spectrum Employment Community, by AASCEND. In a future, they wish to also have a pursuit claimant pool posted on their page. ( )
  • AASCEND has a TV channel on Youtube.

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