Saturday, September 25, 2010

Adults With Autism Facing Unique Employment Challenges

WINDSOR, Conn. — Almost no one has an easy time finding workin this economy. But those with an autism spectrum disorder have a unique challenge in any job climate.
People with the disorder generally lack the "soft" skills required to fit into a work environment: the ability to connect with co-workers, to read people's signals, to understand their own place in the overall work operation and to behave accordingly.
Lois Rosenwald, the mother of an adult son with autism, is familiar with these challenges, which is one reason why, 15 years ago, she founded the CT Autism Spectrum Resource Center in Wallingford. Rosenwald is one of many advocates who say we need to figure out now how to help people with autism, in large part because their numbers are growing.

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