AUTISM

AUTISM

April 30, 2013

The reality of finding a job with autism


Sarah Still has Aspergers and has spent years working a variety of jobs that don't seem to fit her needs.
By Jareen Imam, CNN

Editor's note: As we wrap up Autism Awareness Month on Tuesday, visit the CNN Facebook page for a live discussion on autism and the workplace at 2:30 p.m. ET. iReporters and experts will be taking questions and sharing their experiences.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Sarah Still is on the autism spectrum and has tried for years to find a job that suits her
  • More organizations are specializing in placing those with autism into jobs
  • Experts explain why it is difficult for those on the spectrum to find jobs on their own
  • Support at work can help those on the spectrum stay in jobs longer
(CNN) -- Smiling is something 30-year-old Sarah Still constantly has to remind herself to do, especially when she is going into a job interview.
Still has Asperger's, a high-functioning form of autism. For the past 10 years, she has experienced the highs and lows of being on the autism spectrum while trying to work in professional settings.
It is not as though Still cannot get a job -- in fact, her resume is full of them, ranging from room attendant at Yellowstone National Park to receptionist at a massage parlor. It's keeping the jobs that has been the issue... more >

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