Job Seekers, Students & Employees

The Autism Employment Connector Challenge with HeroX

Increase accessibility for autistic job seekers to find employment and navigate the application process to connect with employers.

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Finding a job can be difficult for anyone. For those on the autism spectrum, finding a job can have its own unique challenges. While autistics have great talents and skills that employers desire, some autistic jobseekers struggle to communicate their abilities using the current networking and job posting platforms. Whether it be the general site interface or abstract language, traditional employment websites can be difficult for many with autism to navigate. 

Autism Speaks is sponsoring the Autism Employment Connector Challenge to provide autistic job seekers with a solution to aid in the search and application process to potential employers. With the power of your big ideas, we can remove the barriers and tap into the strengths of this willing labor force. 

The Challenge is now closed to new submissions. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements about the winners!
 

Welcome to Workplace Inclusion Now™ (WIN). This program was designed by an autistic-led team to help you research, find and keep employment in a competitive labor market. Stories, tips and resources were developed from a collaboration of experts, led by autistic adults, based on multidisciplinary research into what makes a workforce thrive and how employees and employers can be set up for success. 

A key component of WIN are online courses designed to help make workplaces more accepting and understanding of our differences and give us tools to navigate our differences at work. These online courses, for the manufacturing, distribution and related industries, are self-paced and highly visual. They were designed with different learning styles in mind. Courses to prepare you for work in other industries are also in development.

Other free resources available to job seekers include:  

Interested in learning more? Sign up here! 

Other tools and resources

Cover of the Autism Speaks Employment Tool Kit

Our Employment Tool Kit was designed to help you research, find and keep employment in the 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.

Download the kit and begin your job search!

 

Understanding Social Security Benefits and Employment

For people with autism, a common concern when considering work is the possibility of losing one's benefits. Autism Speaks developed the video below and frequently asked questions to ease your concerns and help you on your search for a job that is right for you. 

 

What is a Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Agency, and how can it help me?

Each state has a Vocational Rehabilitation (Voc Rehab or VR) agency that provides employment service supports to people with disabilities (including autism). VR is paid for by the federal and state government, and you might be eligible if you apply. It is available in every state to help people with disabilities prepare for and obtain jobs. In big cities there may be several VR offices, whereas in rural areas there may only be one office that serves many counties.

Find your state Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Agency here.

Always focus on your strengths and what you like to do

A list of common strengths of employees with autism

 

Additional resources for job seekers with autism:

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You can also reach the Autism Response Team by phone or email: 888-288-4762, en Espanol 888-772-7050, or help@autismspeaks.org.