MILWAUKEE (August 5, 2013) -- The National Governors Association (NGA) issued A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities, an initiative by Delaware Gov. Jack Markell to raise awareness of the challenges faced by Americans with disabilities, including autism, in finding meaningful employment.
Matthew Koenisg, 24, was working in a data entry position in St. Paul, Minnesota making below minimum wage at a supervised employment center for people with disabilities.
Koenig, is is affected by autism, was happy to have a job despite the tough economic time, but knew this wasn't the right employment fit.
Koenig says, employees were graded using "a time study to measure efficiency," he said, "but the nature of my disability means I lack certain kinds of motor skills, so I can't type as quickly as other people."
Autism Speaks Adult Services Resources
Adults living with autism often have difficulty finding information about programs and supports that would allow them to live as independently as possible. Autism Speaks Housing and Adult Services initiative will focus on resources that impact all facets of adult life including employment, housing, and post-secondary education.