Tapping the Talent: Strategies to Address the International Employment Problem in Autism

About half of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) around the world are un- or under-employed, making ASD among the least effectively- or consistently-employed group worldwide. Unfortunately, there is very little known about factors affecting employment in people with ASD, as well as effective interventions and services to prepare and maintain employment for people with autism. Last year, in order to translate scientific knowledge into actionable policy in this area, INSAR awarded researchers from the Autism Science Foundation, Stony Brook University (US), Curtin University (Australia) and the Karolinska Institute (Sweden) support to develop an international policy brief around employment targeting the specific needs of those with ASD. This panel will present the scientific studies and community partnerships to inform this policy brief. They included: 1. a scoping review of the literature on employment organized in the framework of the ICF, 2. results of direct interactions and collaboration with various community stakeholders to inform suggested policy, 3. a survey filled out by individuals with ASD, and 4. a parallel survey completed by other relevant stakeholders, both internationally, which assessed needs, challenges and opportunities for employment. Finally, a discussant will then integrate the specific policy recommendations that arose from these activities.
Thursday, May 10, 2018: 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
Willem Burger Hal (de Doelen ICC Rotterdam)
Panel Chair:
A. Halladay
A. Roux
10:30 AM
Factors Impacting Employment for People with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Scoping Review
M. T. Scott B. T. Milbourn M. Falkmer S. Bolte A. Halladay M. D. Lerner J. L. Taylor S. J. Girdler
10:55 AM
An International Survey on Barriers & Access to Employment: Perspectives of Adults with ASD
M. D. Lerner C. M. Esposito A. H. Gerber B. T. Milbourn M. H. Black S. Bolte S. Mahdi A. Halladay S. J. Girdler
11:20 AM
Seeking and Maintaining Employment Among Adults with ASD: Clinician, Family and Employer Views in Australia, Sweden and the USA
S. Bolte S. Mahdi C. M. Esposito M. Falkmer M. H. Black M. D. Lerner S. J. Girdler A. Halladay
11:45 AM
A Cross-Cultural Perspective of the Views of Stakeholders on the Employment of Individuals with ASD
S. J. Girdler M. Falkmer M. T. Scott M. D. Lerner C. M. Esposito A. H. Gerber B. T. Milbourn M. H. Black S. Mahdi A. Halladay S. Bolte