Subsidize services to help adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder find and maintain jobs
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Around 90% of adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are unable to hold paid, full-time jobs, mainly due to the ineffectiveness of current services meant to teach them social and vocational services to help them find and maintain jobs. While programs that exist to help children with ASD learn and develop social skills are quite extensive, services to help adults integrate into their communities through work are underfunded and are not properly designed to help adults with ASD because they lack behavioral components critical to individuals with ASD and do not provide individuals with meaningful activities adapted to one's skills and interests.
When provided the proper aid, adults with ASD have lower turnover rates and often prove to have hard work ethics and be extremely detail oriented. In addition, most individuals with ASD are extremely honest and despite the stereotype that all individuals with ASD are unintelligent, about half actually have average to above-average intelligence and are misjudged because of their verbal and social abilities.
We want to introduce legislation in Texas that will:
- Increase funding of services that help adults and transitioning teens with ASD develop social skills and find jobs that are meaningful
- Increase the standards for staff working in services for adults with ASD to match those for people working with children with ASD
- Make government services for finding jobs more accessible to individuals with ASD by consolidating them with other services such as health care and housing services
It is up to us to help these adults achieve their rightful place as productive members of society. Join us in advocating to provide them with the services they need to secure full-time jobs.
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