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The Spectrum Careers: A Tool for Job Seekers with Autism and the Business Community!




Autism Speaks, in collaboration with Rangam Consultants Inc., launched in 2015, a jobs portal designed to promote inclusive employment of the autism community by matching job seekers with businesses, as well as employment service providers. Learn more here!

Impact Sourcing in Action: The Autism Empowerment Kit 

In May 2017, Autism Speaks was proud to partner with Microsoft at its annual Microsoft Supplier Program (MSP) Summit in Redmond, Washington. Beyond Microsoft’s exciting direct Autism Hiring Program, the summit presented an opportunity to promote the employment of people with autism and other neurological differences to a much larger audience – the tens of thousands of members of Microsoft’s global supply chain.
The conference was also accompanied by the release of the Autism Empowerment Kit, produced by Karen Streeby of Microsoft. Dave Kearon of Autism Speaks and others served as advisors and sponsors of the tool kit, which “provides employers with guidance, recommendations and resources for providing support and workplace accommodations to empower autistic employees throughout their employment lifecycle – from recruitment to training and career development.” The kit is available for free download thanks to the Global Impact Sourcing Coalition (GISC), a forum of the world’s leading companies committed to incorporate and scale impact sourcing as a business strategy. Members of the coalition, including Microsoft, advocate for inclusive employment practices and are committed to providing skills training and career advancement opportunities for individuals around the world who previously had limited employment prospects. Download the Autism Empowerment Kit here.

Autism Speaks Joins National Funders to Expand Inclusion in Employment

Autism Speaks, Kessler FoundationMay and Stanley Smith Charitable TrustNew York Collaborates for Autism and Poses Family Foundation have collectively committed more than $7.5 million to support groundbreaking work in disability and inclusion in employment since 2014. The collective funding allows private companies, non-profit organizations, schools and universities and public agencies to work together in new and innovative ways to expand employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

The collaboration supports the Pepsi ACT (Achieving Change Together) initiative, as well as the US Business Leadership Network® (USBLN®) "Going for the Gold" initiative. Among others, efforts will also promote the establishment of public/private partnerships in local communities and the distribution of an Employer’s Guide to Disability and Inclusion Programs to corporations around the U.S. Read more here!

Disability Employment and Inclusion: Your Guide to Success 

As part of this national funders' collaborative, Autism Speaks is proud to partner with the Workplace Initiative at the Poses Family Foundation. The Workplace Initiative helps companies recruit, hire, and retain the largest untapped labor pool in the country – people with disabilities. This site offers all the tools and resources a business needs to embark on its inclusion journey. It includes facts and case studies to show how disability inclusion drives business value and a do-it-yourself guide that will take you from “how” to “hired” in seven clear steps. The Disability Employment and Inclusion: Your Guide to Success was published in 2017. 

Three Employment Tools for the Autism Community

As addendums to the Autism Speaks Employment Tool Kit, we have created three tools to help adults with autism as they search for competitive employment in today's job market. The rate of unemployment and underemployment among young adults and adults with autism is far too high and Autism Speaks is committed to doing all we can to help change that. Check them out here:

Attention: We have established 3 new networking groups on LinkedIn - to connect members of the community around specific adult-related issues. Please join us!

Our Adult Services small business initiative hit the road in the fall of 2013!

Click here to read the recap of the Small Business Town Hall series. And for more information, read this blog about how these meetings inspired the community!

Were you unable to attend a Town Hall meeting? View the final event below, hosted by Fenway Park in Boston!



Employment Tool Kit

The Autism Speaks Employment Tool Kit was designed to help you research, find and keep employment in the current, competitive labor market. Stories, tips and resources were developed from a collaboration of people, including adults with autism, dedicated to increasing the employment participation of adults on the spectrum!

Click here to learn more and to download the Employment Tool Kit!

Adults with Autism at Work - In the News!
Be sure to check our "Adults with Autism in the News" page for the top 10 recent news stories about adults with autism. There, you'll find regularly updated links to new and inspiring stories about individuals with autism who have found success in the workplace!

Autism Speaks Employment Think Tank Executive Summary

The Autism Speaks Employment Think Tank was an intensive two-day think tank which took place in June 2012. The discussion focused on the role of adults with ASD in the workforce and on the needs of the current labor market. Key conclusions include insights from business leaders about the effectiveness of employees with autism and recommendations that include possible changes to the traditional job interview. Read the report here!

Highlighting Individuals with Autism in the Workplace

Autism Speaks Family Services is pleased to highlight individuals with autism who are working as well as testimonials from their employers. This page should serve as a source of inspiration and resources for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, as well as for prospective employers.

Below are the stories of some individuals who are currently working in various fields captured on video. In addition to the videos, there are summaries of the steps involved in helping these individuals achieve success in a workplace environment.

College Internship Program (CIP)

The College Internship Program (CIP) is a comprehensive program for young adults on the autism spectrum and with Learning Differences. The program provides personalized support in the areas of college academics, employment readiness, and independent living. CIP offers six locations nationwide serving young adults age 18-26 as well as 12 two week summer programs for teens and young adults age 16-26. For more information, visit, or call 877-566-9247.

In the video below, meet Andrew. He is passionate about gardening and enjoyed working in the gardens and greenhouse at Hilltop Greenhouse. The Hilltop Greenhouse at Indiana University is an educational resource for the community and students to learn about gardening and sustainability.  Andrew now works for the Bakehouse, a local Bloomington Restaurant bussing tables and also for IU Halls of Residence.


Bess always dreamed of working at or owning her own coffee shop. At Rachel's Cafe she worked with the owner of the business and her job coach learning how to prepare food. The Bloomington, Indiana community has many locally owned businesses that provide an accepting, supportive environment for CIP students to learn and grow.


"HIRE ME" - Building Partnerships & Employment for the Orange County Workforce

"Hire Me" is a public service video that was created to educate businesses and other stakeholders in Orange County, CA (and beyond) about the job successes that are taking place in their community for young adults with autism and other intellectual disabilities. The video focuses on the abilities of this under-explored human resource. In knowing the possibilities that exist for partnerships, its creators hope that additional businesses will work with area professions to develop jobs in all industries in Orange County.

"Hire Me" was created by Liza B. Krassner, an administrator at UC Irvine and producer who has a teenage son with autism. Liza's personal mission is to promote the workforce development of persons with ASD. She is the lead Parent Ambassador of The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders and collaborated with the Regional Center of Orange County, the Irvine Unified School District, New Vista School, Whittier Union High School District and Inclusion Films on this project.

This video was produced by Inclusion Films, which offers a Practical Film Workshop designed to provide adults with autism an entry-level working knowledge of film production. Students are then encouraged to apply for a position at their own production company, Team Diversity Media, as well as seek employment in the film industry through other avenues. Services provided include public service announcements, electronic press kits, press releases and promotions.