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Turning Skills and Strengths into Careers for Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Turning Skills and Strengths into Careers for Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

The BASICS College Curriculum

Michelle Rigler, Amy Rutherford and Emily Quinn

Part of the The BASICS College Curriculum series

Quick Overview

This practical college curriculum helps students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to begin to make the transition to the next stage of life - their career. With detailed personality and skills profiling, job-hunting strategies, and interview preparation, it is an ideal textbook for ASD college programs or for student self-study.
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Paperback / softback
2015, 10.94in x 8.43in / 278mm x 214mm, 224pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-798-1
2015, PDF, 224pp
ISBN: 978-1-78450-096-2
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The BASICS College Curriculum presents a hands-on approach to learning essential independence and life skills for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The third book helps young adults to translate their strengths and interests into possible careers and develop job-hunting skills that will set them on the road to success.

Students are shown how to identify their unique skill set, write an effective resume, build a network of contacts, prepare for interviews, and secure that internship position. Other possible life paths are also explored including continuing in education and studying abroad.

Ideal as a textbook for ASD college programs and suitable for young adults to use for their own self-study, each chapter has a lesson-based progressive structure, providing valuable information and advice for the student, useful diagrams, practical exercises and workbook components that can be filled in at home or in class. Self-assessment tools ensure the skills from each chapter can be reviewed and adjusted as necessary.

The book can be used on its own or in conjunction with the other BASICS curriculum books to further develop essential life skills.


'Turning Skills and Strengths into Careers for Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder provides a practical approach to help people with Autism spectrum conditions build self-awareness and social understanding to enable a successful transition through further education to employment. The book is filled with engaging activities to reinforce knowledge around study and work.'
- Jeanette Purkis, autistic advocate and author of The Wonderful World of Work: A Workbook for Asperteens

'An outstanding companion guide to Rigler, Rutherford and Quinn's first two volumes, which have become staples in the field. Finding a job and building a career are major issues for any student on the Autism Spectrum. This valuable BASICS curriculum gives us tools to support students through another difficult transition, out of college and into the world of work. As a student workbook or teaching resource, this comprehensive volume is a must for any service provider's bookshelf.'
- Jane Thierfeld Brown, Ed.D, Assistant Clinical Professor, Yale Child Study Center, Yale University, Director, College Autism Spectrum



Click here for one downloadable PDF that includes the following templates from the book:

Back to Basics: Rate Yourself’ template, pages 11, 26, 44, 59, 83, 105, 127,  147, 169 and 189;
Skill Set Assessment page 30;
Preference Statements ‘Plan vs Do’, page 46;
Preference Statements ‘Lead vs Connect’, pages 47-8;
Role Graph, page 51;
Skill Development Checkpoint System, page 66;
Career Preparation Puzzle, page 73;
Career Preparation Resource Guide, page 77;
Action Planning and Making Connections, page 80;
Networking Contacts, page 90;
Blank Resume, page 95;
Career Web, page 98;
Career Exploration Guide, Options One, Two and Three, pages 100-102;
Prior to Submitting your Resume or Application, page 110;
Job Shadowing Preparation Guide, page 133;
Informational Interview Structure, page 135;
Informational Interview Reflections, page 136;
Internship Brainstorming Plan, page 157;
Internship Evaluation, page 163;
Difference between Career and Job, page 181.