If you’re living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), we understand how hard looking for
work can be. That’s why we want to help you find a fulfilling job, with an employer that
supports your way of thinking and working
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According to studies commissioned by Amaze, 20% of Australians living with autism have lost their job due to their condition. We’re dedicated to decreasing this number.
At APM, we help job seekers living with an injury, illness or disability, including developmental disabilities like ASD, find and keep meaningful work and thrive in the workplace.
Work can be helpful for people living with autism as it can:
If you’d like help to find employment in a workplace that will support your unique needs, APM can help.
Keep reading to discover our advice on finding a job for people living with autism, and register below to get started on your employment journey.
People living with autism are capable of finding and keeping a job in a range of different industries and workplaces.
Behavioural symptoms, ways of thinking, skills and interests vary from person to person, which means there is no single job that is perfect for everyone living with autism.
However, in your job search, focus on finding a role that aligns with how you process information, and allows you to use your strengths every day.
While everyone’s experience with autism is unique, you may like to consider the following job features:
Are you a strong visual thinker with an excellent long-term memory?
Are you good with numbers and facts?
Think about how your skills and strengths make you a valuable addition to different types of workplaces.
Do you find it difficult to multitask?
Do you work best with repetitive tasks that have a clear endpoint?
Think about the types of jobs that will empower you to do your best work.
Do you function best in a quiet, odourless environment?
Do you find social interaction challenging?
Think about which types of workplaces would be most safe and supportive for you.
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We know that your experience with ASD is unique, which means there’s no one-size-fits-all list of jobs that will work for you.
However, here are some ideas to get you thinking about what employment could best suit you.
Remember, when looking through these job suggestions consider your unique skills, capabilities and needs. If you’re having trouble deciding what job is best for you, we can help.
Speaking to one of APM’s employment consultants can help you discover other workplaces you may not have considered before, and that may be more suitable for your situation.
If you’re a visual thinker with a curiosity about coding and a strength with numbers, you might enjoy working as a computer programmer. Computer programmers can work as freelancers or as part of a larger company.
If you’re great at memorising things and have a good sense of space, taxi driving might be a rewarding job for you. Taxi drivers who have excellent knowledge of the local area can choose the most efficient way to bring people to their destination.
Statisticians look closely at data and apply mathematical techniques to help solve real-world problems. You might find this a fulfilling career choice if you’re good with numbers and can work methodically.
Stocking shelves in a department store or grocery store could be a good job if you work best with repetitive tasks. You’ll need to be able to lift and carry boxes as well as organise products on the shelf.
If you have a special passion or interest, you could turn that into a career as a researcher. Researchers work in all sorts of fields from mathematics to literature, physics and history. Their job involves collecting and analysing data, information and facts.
Mechanics build and repair different types of machinery such as cars, air conditioning or bicycles. If you are good at problem-solving and like to have a clear endpoint for your work, a job as a mechanic might interest you.
Do you thrive with repetition and clearly defined tasks? You might be a great factory worker. In this role, you could do tasks such as assembling parts, sorting and packing products and operating machinery.
*Please note that these job suggestions may not be suitable for everyone with autism. These job suggestions may suit some people depending on their circumstances including, but not limited to, their current experience with autism.
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Register now to see if you’re eligible for our Disability Employment Services program and start your employment journey.
APM helps job seekers succeed in their search with tailored job support and guidance.
When you register with APM, we check your eligibility for the program, and help you get started. We guide you through the Centrelink process and your initial assessment, which decides your capacity for employment and suitability for the program.
Register with us, and we'll be in touch in the next couple of days to discuss further.
Meet your dedicated employment consultant at your nearest APM office.
Discuss your disability or health condition, and employment needs.
Your employment journey begins!
We also want to make sure you and your employer have everything you need to be a success together.
Depending on your level of support and the job you start, we work together to make sure you’re able to work safely and effectively.
This can include helping you access training, job coaching, performance monitoring, and understanding the workplace culture and what is expected from you.
We also support workplaces with proactive education to be aware of any impacts you may have so we can help avoid any misunderstandings and create a culture of support and inclusion.
If you need ongoing support for long periods of time we will also discuss this with you and establish a support structure.
Our goal is to see you enjoy rewarding and long-term employment and ensure you have the right level of support to succeed.
Get in touch with our teams to find out more.
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