Supporting Positive Employment Outcomes for Individuals With Autism Who Use AAC Employment is a valued transition outcome for many individuals with autism who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). As for anyone, a successful employment experience will require careful planning during the school years and the provision of appropriate supports in the workplace. Consideration of the individual's skills, preferences, and needed ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2013
Supporting Positive Employment Outcomes for Individuals With Autism Who Use AAC
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • David McNaughton
    Department of Educational and School Psychology and Special Education Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
  • Laura Richardson
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
  • Disclosure: Financial: David McNaughton is a Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education at The Pennsylvania State University. Laura Richardson is a Doctoral student at The Pennsylvania State University.
    Disclosure: Financial: David McNaughton is a Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education at The Pennsylvania State University. Laura Richardson is a Doctoral student at The Pennsylvania State University.×
    Nonfinancial: David McNaughton currently serves as Co-Editor of the AAC journal. He has previously published in the subject area. Laura Richardson has no nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article.
    Nonfinancial: David McNaughton currently serves as Co-Editor of the AAC journal. He has previously published in the subject area. Laura Richardson has no nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article.×
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Special Populations / Autism Spectrum / Professional Issues & Training / Articles
Article   |   October 01, 2013
Supporting Positive Employment Outcomes for Individuals With Autism Who Use AAC
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, October 2013, Vol. 22, 164-172. doi:10.1044/aac22.3.164
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, October 2013, Vol. 22, 164-172. doi:10.1044/aac22.3.164
Abstract

Employment is a valued transition outcome for many individuals with autism who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). As for anyone, a successful employment experience will require careful planning during the school years and the provision of appropriate supports in the workplace. Consideration of the individual's skills, preferences, and needed supports will play a critical role in ensuring positive workplace participation. This article will describe key strategies for supporting positive outcomes for individuals with autism who use AAC and illustrate these approaches with case examples.

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