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Finding Suitable Employment with a Developmental Disability

Published July 8, 2015

As children with autism reach adulthood, one of the biggest challenges is finding suitable employment. By some estimates, the rate of unemployment for adults on the autism spectrum is 90 percent.

Employment programs for individuals with special needs do exist, and people with autism have shown that they can be some of the most dependable and productive employees. Now, more businesses are beginning to realize that people with autism have unique talents that can be an asset in the workplace.

The Arc of Westchester, the largest agency in Westchester County serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families offers services to assist in job training and employment. Arc of Westchester offers several types of employment and uses a person-centered planning approach that defines individual goals for each person they help to employ. To learn more about their career employment services, click here.

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