Becoming an autistic adult: exploring the transitions of young people with autism from education/care to working life

O'Dell, Lindsay and Brownlow, Charlotte and Bertilsdotter Rosqvist, Hanna (2013) Becoming an autistic adult: exploring the transitions of young people with autism from education/care to working life. In: 5th International Community, Work and Family Conference (CWFC 2013): Changes and Challenges in a Globalising World, 17-19 Jul 2013, Sydney, Australia.

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The focus of the paper is to draw on an understanding of autism as neurodiversity to document the experiences of young people with autism, their parents/carers and families and professionals involved in the processes of transitions to young adulthood. We focus on transition into worklife. We illustrate our ideas with data from our previous and ongoing research on neurodiverse spaces for children and adults with autism. A key way in which people with autism are getting their voices heard is through new technologies, particularly via the Internet and an increasing number of people with autism are using the Internet as a forum for self-advocacy (see for example Dekker 2000; Ward & Meyer 1999). The implications for refocusing an examination on transitions into work by people with autism through a lens of neurodiversity are far reaching in terms of how people with autism fashion their own positive identities and how service providers negotiate opportunities for some, and how workplaces shift in terms of accommodating difference. We argue that there is a need for inclusive and diverse workspaces, where the strengths of some adults with autism can be integrated into a shared neurodiverse and neurotypical space.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Other)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology, Counselling and Community
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2013 01:46
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 01:49
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170112 Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080602 Computer-Human Interaction
16 Studies in Human Society > 1607 Social Work > 160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939908 Workforce Transition and Employment

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