Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Employing Employees on the Autism Spectrum

National Disability Employment Awareness Month(NDEAM) is in October.  Autism is considered a developmental disability. autism NOW is providing a headstart!  'EnjoyHi5Autism' is sharing examples of companies that are 'Employing Employees on the Autism Spectrum'.

autism NOW is conducting their first webinar for their Employment Series.
Time: Tuesday, September 27, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM EST
Speaker: John Butterworth
Method: Dial in (U.S. and Canada) ; ReadyTalk webinar services
REGISTRATION is requested.

Individuals who are on the autism spectrum or who have developmental disabilities often face challenges when it comes to attaining and maintaining employment; however, with the appropriate supports, many of these individuals can be successfully employed. For the next five weeks, Autism NOW will be providing webinars that will focus on employment as well as post-secondary education.

The session will include a discussion of how we are doing, examples of promising practices in employment support and outcomes, and give examples of how states are incorporating "employment first" in policy and practice.

EnjoyHi5Autism would like to encourage individuals with Autism to pursue a career of their choice. Here are 2 of many examples of how effective Employees on the Autism Spectrum can be when they are trained and matched for employment with accommodations/modifications, as needed.
Symptoms that make adults with autism social misfits also makes them great software testers Read more by Monica DyBuncio on CBS News' HealthPop.
The Weitzbergs modeled Aspiritech on a successful Danish company called
Specialisterne, or "the Specialists." Specialisterne also employs software
testers with autism. Its satisfied clients include Oracle and Microsoft.

EnjoyHi5Autism supports Self-Employment as a viable and attainable Employment solution for individuals on the Autism Spectrum.  We advocate for the Self-Determination, Integration, Productivity, Inclusion and Independence of individuals with developmental disabilities.

"Life on the Autism Spectrum can be ENJOYable."

References and Resources

specialisterne's Channel - YouTube

SPECIALISTERNE is a firm tha uses the characteristics of autism in a positive ... Read more About us an our firm at or if you are from ...
The Arc
The Autism NOW Center is a national initiative of The Arc.
The Administration on Developmental Disabilities

The Autism NOW Center hosts free webinars every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:00 to 3:00 pm (EST). Designed for self-advocates, families, professionals, and the general public, ... 
View archived webinars on-demand: webinar archive.
The Autism NOW Center is a project funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities and a national initiative of The Arc.


We are the family that advocated for Twellow (Twitter online yellowpages) to establish 5 new Raising Awareness Categories(10.11.10): Developmental Disabilities, Developmental Delays, Learning Disabilities, Neurological Disorders, Sensory Integration Disorder and Sensory Processing Disorder.

Our 2 Twitter accounts (!/babymiracle2005  and!/enjoyhi5autism)  are  Registered with Twellow as:

KBJ Cosse' (@babymiracle2005)

KBJCosse' @enjoyhi5autism

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Learning Disabilities

Developmental Delays

Sensory Integration Disorder

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