Supporting people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to obtain employment

This paper presents information on good practice in supporting people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to obtain employment, and captures learning from a National Disability Authority seminar on 22 March 2012, and other relevant resources. It covers:

  • The approach used by Specialisterne, a Danish social enterprise
  • The supported employment model used by Autism: Building Links to Employment (ABLE) project, run by the Orchardville Society in Belfast
  • The Behaviour Support Services based in the Brothers of Charity Services in Roscommon
  • Recommendations from the Health Service Executive’s (HSE) New Directions Report: Review of the HSE Day Services (2012)
  • Perspectives on person-centred services for people with ASD and other disabilities as outlined in the HSE’s National Review of Autism Services Past, Present and Way Forward (2012)

This seminar featured the following presentations:

  1. Turning Disability into Specialist Abilities - the Specialisterne Case
    Thorkil Sonne, Founder, Specialisterne & Specialist People Foundation
  2. A Working Alliance: Person-Centred Planning and Employment
    Brian McClean, Principal Clinical Psychologist, Brothers of Charity Roscommon
  3. ABLE - the Idea, the Delivery, the Results
    Margaret Haddock, Deputy Chief Executive, & Lydia Lynas, Head of Service for Employment, The Orchardville Society, Belfast
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