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Each year, the TASH Conference brings together a diverse community of stakeholders who gain information, learn about resources, and connect with others across the country to strengthen the disability field. This year’s conference theme, “Be Creative - Innovative Solutions for an Inclusive Life,” reminds us to think outside the box during times of uncertainty. Creativity, innovation, and determination can pave the way for meaningful and inclusive lives for people with disabilities.
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Thursday, November 29 • 2:10pm - 3:00pm
Autism and Skilled Employment Seating Available

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Seeking and maintaining skilled employment has proven through research to be a major struggle in the lives of autistic adults, ranging from the hiring process to difficult workplace experiences, including burnout, discrimination, and the complexity of intersectional identities. Neurodiversity is a necessity in this process and must be considered at all levels of employment: interviewing, skill assessments, workplace environment, and communications. This study uses qualitative data from autistic employees, their employers, and some key informants in employment for the purpose of identifying ways to improve skilled employment outcomes. The methodology of gathering data involved in-depth, multimodal interviews which were conducted over the phone, in person, in a video conference, or through text-based messaging according to the preference of each participant. We use a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach to encourage involvement of autistic community members in finding solutions to this specific employment issue. The main goals of this study include understanding the experiences of autistic employees with self-identified successful experiences in skilled employment, developing an effective intervention plan, and increasing competence in the realm of ASD in employment populations as well as in our own research group. Our study uses firsthand accounts of autistic experiences to find innovative ways in which to make changes to the employment process. As a whole, this presentation aims to highlight the need for neurodiversity training and implementation when hiring for positions in skilled employment.


Thursday November 29, 2018 2:10pm - 3:00pm PST
Douglas/Fir - Third Floor 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97201