We all have unique strengths, challenges, talents and interests. Individuals with autism and other disabilities are no different.
As youth with autism transition to adulthood and begin to explore their employment pathways, the role of parents is a balancing act of promoting independence while continuing to be supportive.
Learn more about the factors that may influence employment outcomes for women with autism.
Working age individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have the lowest employment rate in Canada at 14.3% in comparison to the general population (92.7%) and other disability groups (45.2%). This significant under-engagement in the labour force demonstrates the need to consider new and innovative approaches to employment to support long-term improved outcomes and overall quality of life.
“Did you clean up your mess? Do you have everything you need? Did you walk the dog? It’s your turn to make dinner, do you have all the ingredients?” If you are parent, you have likely asked similar questions countless times, and while you may feel a little like a drill sergeant, engaging your children in activities within the home and community actually help them develop many of the basic employability skills valued most by employers.