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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Why Job Training Matters for Students w Autism

You can read my latest piece on autism and job training in Education Week, right here.


I was just reading your article about the vocational training at a community college for disabilities job training. You were saying that your town public schools were offering something for nat until you found out that there were no vocational training and that it was individualize. What does it mean no voacational training and is individualize mean ?

— added by Stacie Nankin on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 2:26 pm

This sounds very promising. For my son, we targeted areas he was interested in when he was preparing to graduate from high school. He has a love for books. We knew he would be motivated and had a fair chance to succeed if this was the environment he worked within. He has been working at the same book store for 16 years. We may need to begin searching for something else however, since some of his hours have recently been cut.

Here is a great example of collaboration.

— added by Jane on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 6:06 pm

What a hopeful piece. This in part is exactly why we made the difficult decision to put our eldest son in a private autism school. The opportunities for a “true” employment experience are so much better outside of the public school system. He’s had to sacrifice inclusion opportunities for this, but I feel the potential for a meaningful job is worth it. Great essay, thanks!

— added by kim mccafferty on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 11:54 am