Hans Asperger was the first researcher to recognise autism as a spectrum condition, highlighting the tremendous diversity of individuals with autism.
We see an array of talents in all young people, and those on the autism spectrum are no different. Unfortunately, many young people struggle to realise the unique benefits of their autism spectrum condition and how this translates to a place in the world of work. Considering the increasing prevalence of autism in recent years, as well as the soaring unemployment rate amongst young school leavers on the autism spectrum (ie. over 50%), this is a massive problem that cannot be ignored.
Neurodiversity can make a young person even better at certain jobs, so taking the time to discover and hone in on those talents with a career coach can be a real game changer in terms of their employment prospects for the future.
Thankfully, Insight is now helping young people on the autism spectrum to recognise their strengths and celebrate their differences. Insight is a comprehensive career development program designed specifically for young people on the autism spectrum. This is an individualised, one-on-one approach to career development that is mindful of the needs of young people on the autism spectrum and addresses major barriers to workforce entry through a thorough analysis of various areas including skills, interests, learning style, sensory sensitivities, personality factors, and training/employment capability.
Our focus on neurodiversity does not ignore the various challenges or limitations young people with autism may face. Rather, we help them to identify their relative strengths and weaknesses as well as tailored strategies to manage and minimise the hurdles they may face as they transition to the workforce.
Early intervention and a preventative approach are considered keys to success for all our students. In fact, we strongly recommend that career discussions begin around age 14 or 15 to create the foundation for a clear pathway and more seamless transitions from education and training to employment.
Our ultimate aim is to help young people on the autism spectrum to find their place in the world of work, a place that celebrates their differences and unique way of seeing the world.