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Autism and Education

Investing in Autism and Education

Investing in Autism and Education Equals Opportunity

autism and education

Where can I find an educational program for autistics designed to create skilled workers?

Utah has the highest rate of autism spectrum disorder in the United States — 1 in 47 children. Within this group, there is an unemployment rate of 32.5 percent. Using Google’s Sketchup software, the University of Utah’s iSTAR program teaches grade

We found a great comment in the Salt Lake Tribune about autism and education. We wanted to pass this thought along and get some input from our readers.

There seems to be a great need for this type of civic integration. If you are challenged with autism and education is an ambition of yours, you may find facilities to channel desires into reality scarce.

In the comment it’s pointed out that the rate of unemployment for ASD individuals is about one in three. Do you agree that there is higher unemployment because there is less training for jobs?

To have a non-traditional student “try” to get into a post-secondary school here is a nightmare. It is definitely not a disability-friendly system. I located one scholarship program available for young adults with autism, and found that it was a surprise to the school.

There are many individuals on the autism spectrum who have overcome tremendous challenges to be in a position to pursue post-secondary education. However, the support and assistance are not there.

Would it not be better to focus and develop their talents so that they have the skills for potential employment and to be self-sufficient?

That is a great point. It is certainly better to channel potential into skills. Is it time  to start developing programs to assist these challenged individuals into real life contributors? Given the recent CDC report of autism rates skyrocketing in Utah it may not be a bad idea even if you think the rates may be inflated.

The comment did point to a leader in the field for offering programs aimed at serving children with ASD. The University of Utah’s iSTAR is helping them to develop skills that will facilitate jobs in their future.

Please share any facilities or resources here that you may know of offering similar programs. One question that came up concerning the unemployment rate was how much of it was influenced by the lack of focused training and how much was due to a lack jobs appropriate for the special needs of many ASD challenged workers? Stay in touch to learn of developments in this area.