Employment Issues for Autistic Adults

Christopher Manente, Executive Director of Rutgers Center For Adult Autism, discusses the lack of focus on adults with autism and obstacles to employment.

THE RUTGERS CENTER FOR ADULT AUTISM SERVICES offers adults with ASD a one-of-a-kind support program that makes an independent and fulfilling life possible. Simultaneously, it advances research and ensures that each year, a cadre of graduates leaves Rutgers prepared to enter careers in support of this under-served population.

Located on Rutgers’ Douglass Campus and led by the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, the center features a comprehensive program that is designed for adults with ASD ages 21 and beyond with diverse support needs through a wide range of services specifically tailored to account for individual preference and ability.

The center is staffed by a highly experienced senior team and trained Rutgers students with programs that provide the support needed for all participants to fully integrate into Rutgers and the surrounding community. From vocational training to social support and clinical services, the center equips program participants with the tools they need to enhance and maintain autonomy—all while engaging students in innovative training and facilitating translational research to inform best practices going forward.

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