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.
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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
About the Authors 222
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Autism Job Club: The Neurodiverse Workforce in the New Normal of Employment is a fascinating and compelling book. When I first began to read it, I couldn’t put it down. I have also had the privilege of working with both authors at the California Employment Development Department many years ago, and Michael’s personal, and both of their professional experience with this subject goes beyond measure. My mother also read the book and said that before she began reading it, she had always associated autism with very young children, never thinking about a challenging life journey where it could become incredibly difficult in so many ways, especially in the workplace, which is the focus of this book. She was moved to tears as to how this often cruel condition can impact the entire family. I would like to congratulate both Richard Holden and Michael Bernick on this fine endeavor.