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Helping Young People with ASD Find Jobs


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NIH Radio: Listen to an interview with Louise Buchholz, the Content Director responsible for JobTIPS web program.


Time: 00:03:54 | Size: 3.59 MB
Speaker: Louise Buchholz
Description: NIH Radio: Listen to an interview with Louise Buchholz, the Content Director responsible for JobTIPS web program.

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Announcer: For many teenagers and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) finding a job represents a critical step in personal development and gaining greater independence but it can also be a time of uncertainty and questions. That's why the National Institute of Mental Health has funded a groundbreaking web based program called JobTIPS. Developed by of Raleigh North Carolina Jobtips provides the kind of information that helps young people with ASD develop and maintain the skills needed to successfully navigate the employment process. Louis Buchholtz of is content director for JobTIPS...

Louise Buchholtz/ JobTIPS: A number of younger adolescents first in high school struggle with determining what their interest are and how to translate those interests into career contexts that might help them be successful

Announcer: JobTIPS addresses a wide range of social and communications issues as they apply to finding a job including when...or if...a jobseeker should disclose their disorder to an employer…

Louise Buchholtz/ JobTIPS: And we sort of break disclosure down into first asking the individual with the disability should you disclose and how do you determine whether you should disclose. We sort of task analyze that decision. And then if you do decide to disclose when and how you do that — do you do that during application process or before you start the job after you've been hired. Or do you wait until problems might occur and then disclose you have a disability.

Announcer: For young people with ASD JobTIPS offers interactive advice on much more than just getting a job...

Louise Buchholtz/ JobTIPS: One of the things we focus on most is how you keep a job and that's really the most comprehensive section of the JobTIPS website. Because, as many people know, social skills issues whether they be interaction with supervisors, co-workers or customers those potential social skills deficit can often cause an individual to lose the job whether that individual has autism or an intellectual disability

Announcer: To access this free web-based program, go to… that's D0…the number

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