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The number of people who are diagnosed with ASD are growing quickly. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are over 75,000,000 people around the world who experience autism spectrum disorder (CDC, 2014). Moreover, 85% of these people with ASD are unemployed (Autism Society, 2015). Indeed, this outstanding number is surprising given the fact that many of the individuals with ASD are willing the work. Moreover, they are eager to work even though the social interaction problems they are experiencing. For this reason, it is crucial to help individuals with ASD to improve their job-related skills. Individuals with ASD need to be supported in each phase of the employment, from the beginning to the end. For example, how can they easily get a job (e.g., job interview skills) and how can they perform well within the workplace (e.g., improved communication skills)? Throughout this course, you will be able to understand what autism spectrum disorder is, and its potential effects in person’s life. Moreover, you will be able to identify strengths of the individuals with ASD and the importance of improving job-related skills.
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