Supporting job seekers with Autism Spectrum Disorder

If you have ASD then you already know how everyone’s needs are different.

At APM, we know how important it is to understand the challenges you face so we can best assist you in finding a suitable job.

We work with you to develop the best plan for your needs and keep communication simple, such as inviting you to face to face meetings, or speaking to you over the phone or via emails and text messages.

However you feel comfortable, we engage with you to help identify your strengths and interests and assist you to find a suitable job.

As Australia's leading provider of Disability Employment Services we understand how to assist people with ASD to gain the independence and financial benefits that come with employment.

In 2018-19, we supported more than 970 people with ASD through the program. 

If you or someone you know is living with ASD and wants to find suitable employment, visit your local APM office or get in touch with our friendly employment services team today.
 

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"I've conquered the biggest hurdle"


 

"I wouldn't have a job if it wasn't for APM"

 

When you choose APM

APM works with Centrelink and the government to deliver Disability Employment Services.

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.

Then we set your first appointment with a dedicated APM employment consultant who will spend time getting to know you, understanding the challenges you face and setting up a plan on how you can achieve your goals in the service.

At APM we understand how ASD often impacts on social interaction, communication and how you process information.

We work with you to establish the best way to identify your goals and what you want to achieve, and how best to communicate with you regularly. 

Whether it’s face to face, on the phone, via email or text message. We’re here to support you.

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Your personal job plan

When it comes to putting your individual plan together, we consider many things to ensure you get the service you need. Together with you and anyone you have for support, we will:

  • Explore realistic job options where you can succeed
  • Develop a personal strategy that includes job searches, resumes, interviews
  • Discuss your support needs with your employer
  • Look at any requirements for equipment or workplace modifications to help you perform a specific job
  • Consider what support you might need when you start working

Building a job around you

At APM we want everyone to achieve their goals and experience the rewarding feeling of knowing they were hired because an employer recognised their true potential or ideal fit for a role.

Many job seekers find work in new positions created to match their abilities.

Where possible we will work with you to approach suitable employers and support job creation or redesign.

This may include going with you to potential employers and highlighting the benefits and services available to employers for hiring you through APM, which may include generous wage subsidies and adjustments to the workplace.

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When you find a job

Our support doesn’t stop when you start working. 

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, understanding the workplace culture and what is expected from you.

We also support workplaces with proactive education to be aware of any impacts your ASD may have wo 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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4 steps to making a positive change in your life

 

Register with us, and we'll be in touch in the next couple of days to discuss further.

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Meet your dedicated employment consultant at your nearest APM office.

 

Discuss your disability or health condition, and employment needs.

 

Your employment journey begins!

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