School & Jobs

Leaving Home & Living Independently on the Autism Spectrum

By alex on August 26, 2018

When I was 19 years old, I packed up my things, put them in my Dad’s car, and we drove two and a half hours to my new living situation, a college dorm. It was one of the most exciting and scariest moments in my life. He helped me unpack my things, made sure I […]

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Before You Look for Work Here Are Four Things You Should Absolutely Know

By john-marble on June 28, 2017

Our team used to hate conversations like the one below. We really did. “That’s really incredible,” said a well-meaning educator who had called in April about our Autism Advantage program, which runs six-week training cohorts for autistic individuals around specific talent sets. “I’m searching for a program which can teach autistic people acceptable behavior for […]

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Autism and The Job Market

By quinnprk on March 29, 2016

It was the summer after sophomore year of college. I had moved into my first apartment, a small basement level spot only a couple blocks from the western blue line stop. I was splitting rent with a friend, but if I wanted to stay in the city for the summer, I needed a job. I […]

Job Red Alert!

By asplint on August 28, 2015

Wouldn’t it be nice if we had job alarms just like we have burglar and fire alarms? Some things are obvious. For example, if you’re a computer programmer and you’ve been asked to compile a program that does X, Y and Z, you find out soon enough. Other things are not quite so obvious. Like how […]

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Autism Job Club

By bernick on May 11, 2015

The following is an excerpt from Michael S. Bernick and Richard Holden‘s The Autism Job Club, which is now available. If you like what you see, please purchase a copy of this excellent book! Chapter 15: Autism, Craft and Calling It is through the values of craft and calling that will come additional hiring of adults with […]

Ten Tips for Getting and Keeping a Good Job

By alex on June 17, 2013

Barbara Bissonnette is the Principal of Forward Motion Coaching, and specializes in career development coaching for individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome. This is a sponsored article.

Since 2006, I have coached individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome on how to find and keep employment. My clients include young people who are entering the workforce, and individuals in their 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. Job seekers work with...

What to do if you lose your wallet or it gets stolen

By alex on June 3, 2013

Like many individuals with autism, I’m prone to misplacing things. Unfortunately, I recently lost one of the worst things you can lose; my wallet. No one wants to endure a situation as such. What should someone who has AS do in a situation like this (but may feel overwhelmed with a blank stare)?

The easiest way to deal with this type of situation is not to lose things in the first place. Keeping your wallet in a specific...

How to Deal with Classrooms and Autism

By alex on March 31, 2013

Maja Toudal is a student with Asperger's I met in Copenhagen, Denmark. Here are her tips for succeeding in your classroom.

I realize that not every part of this will be applicable in every country. We have different educational systems, and this is tailored to mine. This is meant as an inspiration to what you can do to make the student-teacher relationship go well from the beginning.

When I begin a new semester there’s a...


An Autism Anthropologist in Need of Help: Special Education and Autism

By alex on January 24, 2012

Jerry Webster is our newest columnist. Jerry will be serving as WP's official Special Education expert. Here's his first article:

I remember well the first time I heard the title of Oliver’s Sack’s book, An Anthropologist on Mars (1995.) I had seen the movie Awakening and read a couple stories from The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. I remember hearing that it was how a woman with autism described her experience in the...

Back-to-School Basics – Asperger Mom

By alex on September 14, 2011

Joanne Houldsworth is the parent columnist for She covers autism through the perspective of a mother of a young son with Aspergers Syndrome. She writes a weekly blog, entitled Aspergers: A Mom’s Eye View, where this article was originally posted.

OK, I’m a nerd….I’ll admit it. I’m one of those kids who loved school, adored books and even enjoyed a challenging homework assignment! (Can’t you just see that...


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