Natural Supports for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum in the Workplace Holly Lee - Educational Consultant Jen Bourget - WSTI Transition Coordinator Stephanie Mauck - Administrative Director and Co-Founder of WILC Natural Supports • • • People in all areas of the student's life that can provide support and guidance (ex: family, friends, co-workers, clubs, recreation centers, etc.) Intended to enhance the quality of life with integrated employment opportunities Supports the individual in a work environment to help achieve success - Example: Co-worker can help mentor the person with a disability by socializing with them on breaks and after work. They can also provide feedback on job tasks and teach new skills. Appropriate Work Accommodations Visual Supports: Use concrete and specific language supported by visuals and presented in a visual format. Rules of the job Use a schedule Model and demonstrate List of steps Written directions Task analysis • • • • • • •Environmental Accommodations • Lighting- alternates to • • • • • fluorescent lights, natural light may be best Sound- quiet work space, earplugs, headphones Seating- provide options Space Breaks Sensory tools and items available • • Other Accommodations Employer's understanding of people with Autism Proactively educating employers and coworkers of those with Autism Using Special Interests and Passions • • • Build on strengths Focus on natural skills and abilities Support these interests to create meaningful employment Video clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v= aYGOSz6xTNg Helping Cope with Change Stress management techniques: Sensory regulation Mindfulness Yoga Down time • • • • Use Support Systems Family and friends Clubs and Organizations • • • Autism-specific post-secondary education • Waterford, WI • Program started September 4, 2012 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1he4Gn6TRY VOCATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS Resources • • • Autism Speaks Transition Toolkit http://jobaccess.gov. Simone, R. (2010). Asperger's on the Job. Arlington, Texas: Future Horizons.