Autism Spectrum

Launchpad

leaving school and leading your own life

Work

Stories for parents

 

Work is for EVERYBODY

Don’t feel that work is only for the more able people on the spectrum. Many people with high support needs get a lot out of supported work, and out of volunteering. Work can be for everybody.

 

 

Worries as the new stage looms

I think this is one of the biggest fears for families, will my child ever find a job that means something to them?

 

If my son was happy and fulfilled in a job, I really wouldn’t care what it was.

 

It just seems a really long road to getting there… and I’ve heard too many sad stories.

 

For me as a mum, I guess I need to do what we’ve always done as my son has grown older, in all the new situations:

 

1. Find the people who can help

2. Choose the helpers wisely, they need to be people who will empower him

3. Be very patient and take things one day at a time

4. Work in tiny steps towards increasing independence

 

Seana S

 

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