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Employment survey from the Organization for Autism Research (OAR)

Input requested from adult self-advocates, families, and professionals
Oct 28, 2014HELP WANTED - Autism Employment Initiative

Early next year, Organization for Autism Research (OAR) will launch a web-based employment initiative designed to help individuals with autism find jobs and keep them over the long term. The approach is simple: connect job seekers with autism to businesses that are looking to hire – and make it an autism-friendly process.

OAR has created a basic “census” survey. Its purposes are to collect employment-related information from adults with autism (ages 17 and older) who are currently or will soon be looking for work opportunities. They also hope to identify potential jobs, coaches, and interested volunteers.

The web-based survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete, and contains separate sets of questions depending upon whether you are: (1) an adult with autism, (2) a caregiver of an adult with autism, or (3) a professional who is helping an adult with autism find employment. Every participant will answer questions about the following items:

- Work and volunteer history
- Educational and training background
- Characteristics (strengths, weaknesses, etc.)
- Job interests, ideal work settings, and necessary accommodations
- Availability (e.g. full-time, part-time, seasonal)

The survey is available at: http://www.instant.ly/s/HKSZC/nav#p/186a0.

Please share this opportunity with any adult self-advocates, families, or professionals for whom it would be relevant. We ask that you please participate by Friday, November 14.

For more information about OAR’s employment initiative, please e-mail programs@researchautism.org or call 703-243-9717.

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