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"Everyday, I'm learning that there is nothing wrong with me saying to someone that I need to do things differently because I'm autistic."

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"Around 80-90% of adults with autism today are unemployed or underemployed. Children with autism will grow up to be adults with autism and I cannot emphasize enough the importance of helping them find meaningful employment opportunities when that transition happens."

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On Saturday, March 12, the Autism Speaks Midwest Employment Symposium took place at Northwestern University in Chicago.

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This farm is designed to teach agriculture skills to young adults who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders...

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In 2014, Autism Speaks provided a grant to The Wiley Center to support their program that teaches young adults with autism the social skills needed to obtain and retain employment. The training was put to the test in the "real" world when 8 participants embarked on a job shadow opportunity at a major corporation in downtown Los Angeles.

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Scott Monette, inspired by his son Matthew, has started a business dedicated to creating employment for people on the spectrum and others with disabilities. In this post, Scott offers up ideas on what you can do to help adults with autism find the jobs that they deserve.

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This is a post for National Disability Employment Awareness Month written by Leslie Long and Dave Kearon, vice president and director of adult services at Autism Speaks. Autism Speaks, Rangam Consultants and WebTeam Corporation recently signed an agreement with DirectEmployers that will add almost 2 million job openings to TheSpectrumCareers.com.

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