Autism Works: A Guide to Successful Employment across the Entire Spectrum [Pehme köide]

(Independent Scholar UK)
  • Formaat: Paperback / softback, 336 pages, kõrgus x laius: 235x159 mm, kaal: 526 g
  • Ilmumisaeg: 26-Jul-2018
  • Kirjastus: CRC Press Inc
  • ISBN-10: 0815369484
  • ISBN-13: 9780815369486
  • Formaat: Paperback / softback, 336 pages, kõrgus x laius: 235x159 mm, kaal: 526 g
  • Ilmumisaeg: 26-Jul-2018
  • Kirjastus: CRC Press Inc
  • ISBN-10: 0815369484
  • ISBN-13: 9780815369486

People with autism are being left behind today, with only 16% in full time employment. This inspiring book addresses the lack of understanding of the wonderful contributions people across the autism spectrum can make to the workplace, drawing attention to this vast untapped human resource. Employers who create supportive workplaces can enhance their companies by making use of the talents of people with autism while also helping to produce a more inclusive and tolerant society, and people with autism can themselves benefit materially and emotionally from improved employment opportunities.

Packed with real-life case studies examining the day-to-day working lives of people across the autism spectrum in a wide variety of careers, this book provides constructive solutions for both employers seeking to improve their workplaces and for individuals with autism considering their employment options. It dispels popular myths about autism, such as that everyone is good at IT, and crucially tackles the potential job opportunities available across the spectrum, including for those who have no language at all. It also highlights the neglected area of gender differences in the workplace and the costs of autistic females’ ability to "camouflage" their condition.

This book is a must-read for parents, employers and adults with autism, and for anyone interested in the present and future of people with autism in the workplace who will benefit from the positive message that employing autistic people is not an act of charity but one that makes sound economic sense.

Arvustused

"There are an estimated 70 million autistic people on the planet, and among those adults, most are unemployed. Unemployment adds a sense of exclusion and failure, lower self-esteem, worse mental health and feeling not valued. Feinstein's highly readable, well-researched, original book illustrates, through an inspiring array of diverse examples, how autism does not need to lead to unemployment. With a welcoming attitude on the part of employers, autistic adults can work well. When employers reduce barriers to employment and make reasonable adjustments, this can lead autistic adults to feel a sense of inclusion, autonomy, pride, and good mental health. For many, employment is the transformational silver bullet." - Simon Baron-Cohen, Cambridge University, UK "Neurodiversity is all around us. But how are we accommodating to it in practice? Adam Feinstein provides a wealth of useful suggestions. His vivid case reports show just how enormously varied individuals with autism are, and how they fare at work. Readers will marvel at some truly inspiring role models. This book will be of immense value to employers as well as those seeking employment." - Uta Frith, University College London, UK "This timely book on the important issue of employment in autism is a comprehensive account from theoretical justification to practical guidance for all stakeholders: autistic students, their educators and supporters, and future employers. Numerous real-life examples and case studies enliven the text and make this a fascinating and enlightening read." - Rita Jordan, University of Birmingham, UK

Acknowledgements vii
Foreword xi
Dame Stephanie Shirley
Introduction 1(14)
Part I The importance of being employed
15(20)
1 The paucity of research
17(8)
2 Transitioning from education to work
25(10)
Part II Which job - and why?
35(128)
3 Choosing a job - an overview (and a demolition of the stereotypes)
37(6)
4 Unpaid work - and internships
43(8)
5 Self-employment
51(18)
6 Matching skills to jobs
69(37)
7 Public service jobs
106(10)
8 Other job openings
116(47)
Part III Applying for a job
163(6)
9 Before the interview
145(2)
10 To disclose or not to disclose? The pros and cons
147(8)
11 The interview
155(4)
12 Advice to employers
159(10)
Part IV Holding down a job
169(52)
13 Research findings
171(4)
14 The `hidden curriculum' of the workplace
175(6)
15 Sensory issues
181(5)
16 Executive dysfunction
186(3)
17 The importance (and dangers) of literal language in the workplace
189(5)
18 Bullying, harassment and discrimination in the workplace
194(16)
19 What employers should know - reasonable adjustments in the workplace
210(9)
20 Examples of good practice by employers
219(2)
Part V Neurodiversity in the workplace
221(44)
21 Embracing difference
223(6)
22 Examples of good practice
229(36)
Part VI Gender in the workplace - the costs of camouflage
265(6)
23 What the research tells us
247(10)
24 The implications for employment
257(14)
Part VII Employment schemes that work in the UK
271(46)
25 By way of introduction
273(2)
26 Where to go?
275(42)
Bibliography 317(9)
Index 326
Adam Feinstein is an autism historian and researcher, and author of A History of Autism: Conversations with the Pioneers (Wiley-Blackwell 2010).

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