The Autism Job Club: The Neurodiverse Workforce in the New Normal of Employment

The Autism Job Club: The Neurodiverse Workforce in the New Normal of Employment

by Michael Bernick, Richard Holden


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The Autism Job Club is a groundbreaking book for bringing adults with autism and other neuro-diverse conditions into the work world.

The book has its basis in the autism job club that the authors have been part of in the San Francisco Bay Area, the job-creation and job-placement efforts the club has undertaken, and similar efforts throughout the United States.

The authors review the high unemployment rates among adults with autism and other neuro- diverse conditions more than two decades after the ADA. National data on autism employment and unemployment with the individual employment searches of job club members.

Bernick and Holden also outline and explain six strategies that, taken together, will reshape employment for adults with autism:
*The art of the autism job coach.
*The autism advantage in technology employment.
*Autism employment and the internet economy.
*Autism employment and the practical/craft economy.
*Autism and extra-governmental job networks.
*Autism and public service employment.

The Autism Job Club will be a vital resource for adults with autism, their families, and advocates who are committed to neuro-diverse employment, not unemployment. But it will also speak to a far broader audience interested in how to carve out a place for themselves or others in an increasingly competitive job world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632206961
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 03/03/2015
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Michael Bernick has held several senior positions in California government, including Director of the California state labor department. Since 2004, he has been a Fellow in employment with the Milken Institute and counsel with Sedgwick LLP in San Francisco.
Richard Holden he has been the Regional Commissioner for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in San Francisco. He served previously as Research Director of the California Labor department.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Creating a Place in the Emerging Job World ix

Part I The Six Autism Employment Strategies

Chapter 1 We Come Together as the Autism Job Club/ Introducing Six Autism Employment Strategies 1

Chapter 2 The Autism Job Club as Voluntary Association and Mutual Support 9

Part II The Adult Autism Community in the United States Today and Its Employment Status

Chapter 3 The Autism Explosion in Numbers and in Public Consciousness 19

Chapter 4 Autism Employment and Unemployment Today 29

Chapter 5 The Perseverative Scripter and His Employment Search 41

Chapter 6 Employment Searches of Our Job Club Members 57

Part III The Art of the Autism Job Coach

Chapter 7 The Evolving Job World Which Adults with Autism Must Navigate 69

Chapter 8 Job Search Mastery in the Internet Age 81

Chapter 9 Job Networks and Mutual Support 89

Chapter 10 The Art of the Autism Job Coach 97

Part IV Autism, Technology, and the Growing Internet Economy Employment

Chapter 11 Autism and Technology Advantage 111

Chapter 12 Autism and the Internet Economy 121

Part V Autism and the Practical Economy

Chapter 13 The Surprising Employment Growth in the Practical Economy 131

Chapter 14 Autism-Focused Businesses and Hiring Initiatives in the Practical Economy 139

Chapter 15 Autism, Craft, and Calling 149

Chapter 16 Autism and the Movement to Improve "Wages in the Practical Economy 157

Part VI Autism and Employment for the More Severely Impacted

Chapter 17 Autism and Supported Work 165

Part VII Lifelong Learning, Workplace Culture, and the Future of the Autism Job Club

Chapter 18 Autism, Retraining, and Lifelong Learning 177

Chapter 19 A Note on Autism and Workplace Culture 187

Chapter 20 The Future of the Autism Job Club 193

Notes 205

Acknowledgements 221

About the Authors 222

Index 223

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