Atlanta attorney Shannon Nash has a 16-year-old son who was diagnosed with autism at 18 months and has made major progress since then when doctors told her the outcome for her son looked "very, very bleak". Recognizing the potential and talents of individuals with autism like her son and learning the very high unemployment rate of this population, Shannon was inspired to create Autism Job Board which was just launched at the AutismOne conference in late May.
In addition to searchable job postings, the website will also feature information for employers on best practices for hiring and employing workers with autism, as well as tips and help for applicants. Registration is free.
Nash's son is currently thriving as a volunteer in their local veterinarian's office. And though only one job is currently posted, Nash hopes that eventually the site will allow many others like her son to have the opportunity to excel in workplaces.
Visit the Autism Job Board here!
Autism Speaks has created several resources to help advance employment opportunities for individuals with autism, including the Employment Tool Kit designed to help people with autism research, find and keep employment in the current, competitive labor market, as well as last year's Small Business Town Hall initiative that highlighted small businesses and best practices for employing individuals with autism. View more of our employment resources here.