Part of the The BASICS College Curriculum series, this practical college curriculum helps students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to begin to make the transition to the next stage of life, their career. With detailed personality and skills profiling, job-hunting strategies, and interview preparation, it is an ideal textbook for ASD college programs or for student self-study.
The BASICS College Curriculum presents a hands-on approach to learning essential independence and life skills for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This book helps young adults to translate their strengths and interests into possible careers and develop job-hunting skills that will set them on the road to success.
Students are shown how to identify their unique skill set, write an effective resume, build a network of contacts, prepare for interviews, and secure that internship position. Other possible life paths are also explored including continuing in education and studying abroad. Ideal as a textbook for college programs run by disability support services and suitable for young adults to use for their own self-study, each lesson provides valuable information and advice, useful diagrams, practical exercises and workbook components that can be filled in at home or in class, and self-assessment tools.
Michelle Rigler, EdD, is Director of the Disability Resource Center at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She created and runs their MoSAIC program for students with autism spectrum disorder. Having completed a master's degree in special education and worked for a number of years as a special education teacher, she embarked on a career in higher education in 2004 and received her doctorate in education in learning and leadership.
Amy Rutherford is program coordinator for the Disability Resource Center's MoSAIC program for students with autism spectrum disorder at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in mental health counseling with a focus on autism spectrum disorders.
Emily Quinn is access coordinator for the Disability Resource Center and serves in the role of coach and instructor for the MoSAIC program for students with autism spectrum disorder at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in special education.
"Turning Skills and Strengths into Careers for Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder provides a practical approach to help people with autism spectrum conditions build self-awareness and social understanding to enable a successful transition through further education to employment. The book is filled with engaging activities to reinforce knowledge around study and work."--Jeanette Purkis, autistic advocate and author of The Wonderful World of Work: A Workbook for Asperteens
"An outstanding companion guide to Rigler, Rutherford and Quinn's first two volumes, which have become staples in the field. Finding a job and building a career are major issues for any student on the autism spectrum. This valuable BASICS curriculum gives us tools to support students through another difficult transition, out of college and into the world of work. As a student workbook or teaching resource, this comprehensive volume is a must for any service provider's bookshelf."--Jane Thierfeld Brown, EdD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Yale Child Study Center, Yale University, Director, College Autism Spectrum
224 pages. 2015
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