Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices was pleased to host a workshop presented by Dr. Stephen Shore this morning. Dr. Shore is an Assistant Professor at Adelphi University and has published several books and chapters on autism including his personal experiences.
Today’s workshop featured an introduction by Dr. Joshua Weinstein, CEO & Founder of ICare4Autism and Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices. He spoke about ICare4Autism’s Autism Workforce Initiative which will be the first of its kind. It will encompass workforce entry services for high school students with autism, post-transition supportive services, vocational and employment services ranging from semi-skilled to high functioning individuals, and a special targeted program to place persons with Asperger’s Syndrome in technology sector jobs. Dr. Weinstein also discussed ICare4Autism’s International Autism Conference scheduled for August this year and those in attendance were lucky enough to receive a special discount on registration for the conference.
Dr. Stephen Shore then took the floor, speaking to a full house about employment opportunities for people with Autism. Even those individuals with ASD who achieved post secondary education or have highly developed skill areas often have difficulty selling themselves in job interviews and maintaining working relationships on the job. Drawing on his personal and professional experiences as an adult living with Autism, Dr. Shore shared the strategies he has used successfully to find and secure employment and meet the expectations of employers for people throughout the autism spectrum.
Dr. Shore reiterated the point that when looking for employment, those with autism should focus on their strengths and what could make them uniquely employable given special talents or interests.
Our next workshop, The Road to Independence, is on the 28th of March and will cover issues such as toilet training, self care skills and pre-vocational skills. Click here to see our full workshop schedule.