Work Readiness for Students with Autism Spectrum, Developmental Disabilities, and ‘At Risk’: A Professional Resource Checklist
Check each one that applies.
1. My student/clients can often see good job/career possibilities for themselves. ___________
2. My student/clients generally rely upon people (natural) supports in the workplace in order to adjust or adapt to their job. ___________
3. My student/clients generally have challenging behaviors which makes it difficult to identify an appropriate job match.___________
4. Most of my student/clients need structure in order to perform on their job. ___________
5. My student/clients often show a lack of motivation or inspiration to do what it takes to get hired or to keep their job. ___________
6. My student/clients often lack effective ways to speak up for themselves. ___________
7. Most of my student/clients can name 3-5 interests or strengths they see in themselves. ___________
8. I see my student/clients abilities and strengths, but these aren’t an easy match to jobs/careers they can do. ___________
9. Most of my student/clients have a desire to get a job or to go to college. ___________
10. My student/clients have shown anxiety and/or have melt downs in one or more of the following: a. learning a new task, b. working around unfamiliar people, c. in new settings, d. or when changes suddenly occur on the job site. ___________
11. My student/clients usually know the kind of job they want and can do. ___________
12. Many of my student/clients place high demands of ‘independence’ or ‘do it myself’ attitudes in which they have a difficult time measuring up to. ___________
13. Though my student/clients exhibit challenges, they rely on people around them to believe in their abilities and strengths. ___________
If you checked 2 or more of these numbers 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12 – your students could benefit from S.A.F.E.T.Y. WORKS (c)
I would love to share several tools with you to use with students in your Career Readiness Programs. These tools with curriculum can provide increased insight and clarity in preparing your student/client for Career Readiness/College, Job Development, and Job Maintenance.
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I believe I have something unique to bring to the Career and College Readiness table for youth with Autism Spectrum and Developmental Disabilities. This blog represents a strengths model to support personal preferences and emotional needs, known as SAFETY Works©.
In my research, I listened to the voices of hundreds individuals with autism and their advocate/parents about how they found meaning and how they wanted to live their lives. Over three decades of study and experience, I used the data to create these tools to help people facilitate getting the right job, pursue college, and/or to live interdependently. With personal experience, I have a an adult son with autism who has become an accomplished artist. He taught me how to support his self-determination, self-advocacy and adaptation. We personally experienced many trials and errors with set backs and progress. I want to pass these tools to people with autism and their advocates to create and live their adult lives their unique way.
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