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Employment for Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder with most prominent deficits seen in the areas of social communication and restricted interests or repetitive behaviors. There is great variability within this diagnosis in terms of intellectual, behavioral, psychological, and communicative functioning.

Each year, approximately 50,000 individuals diagnosed with ASD will become adults and seek their place as contributing members of society. This membership includes having valued social roles such as a family member, voter, friend, and employee. Most estimates indicate that the majority of people with ASD are unemployed or underemployed, unable to make a living wage, and not working in the career of their choosing. This inability has great impact on the quality of life of individuals with ASD and their families. Underemployment of ...

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