Autism and Work

Choosing the Right Job for People with Autism or Asperger's Syndrome

Jobs need to be chosen that make use of the strengths of people with autism or Asperger syndrome. Both high and low functioning people have very poor short-term working memory, but they often have a better long-term memory than most normal people.


Temple Grandin, Colorado State University Fort Collins, CO 80523, USA



Information about Supported Employment for Employers

Position paper of the European Union of Supported Employment for download here.



A Code of Ethics for Professionals in Supported Employment

This Code is addressed to every proffessional who provides supported employment and related services for people with disabilities. Guidelines are aimed at increasing the quality of services for people with disabilities in this area and improve their quality or life.

Source: European Union on Supported Employment





Links to other sources of information

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European Union of Supported Employment:

TWCM Network Members from abroad: find and see here.


My Work Experiences

My idea of a job I would like to do has changed throughout my life. During pre-school age I wanted to be a dustman, just like most boys at that age. I liked being on the lookout on Tuesdays and Fridays for the arrival of dustmans with the orange dustcart Škoda 706 RTK “Kuka”, which loaded rubbish from 110-litre tin dustbins. Since those dustbins were wheelless, so they had to be rolled. I observed them from their arrival in the street to the moment, when they got to the bottom of the street and vanished from my sight.



Supported employment in practice - Bolivia

Manuel is a job coach in Bolivia. This is his case report of Maria, housemaid, 19, and




Autismus and Work: Together We Can (New Publication of Autism-Europe)

Autism-Europe aisbl. issued publication comprising couple of examples of good practise in the area of supported employment in 2014.

There are also 2 examples from the Czech Republic: social company PASPARTA employing people with ASD and project of APLA Prague - Together Wee Can Manage.  


Making the Transition from the World of School into the World of Work

During my travels to many autism conferences I have observed many sad cases of people with autism who have successfully completed high school or college but have been unable to make the transition into the world of work. Some have become perpetual students because they thrive on the intellectual stimulation of college. For many able people with autism college years were their happiest (Szatmari et al., 1989). - See more at:


European Commission summarised outcomes of four pilote projects in the area of employment of people with ASD


European Commission, DG Justice, publishe results of four pilot project on employment of people with autism in 2014.




Asperger’s syndrome — No barriers to Leigh’s public service career


Applying for a job in the Australian Public Service can seem a bit daunting. All of a sudden you are faced with things like ‘selection criteria’, ‘conditions of engagement’ and ‘panel interviews’. Many job seekers give up in frustration. It all seems too hard.


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