Invited Submision: Advancing vocational opportunities for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Proceedings from the 1st Annual Canadian ASD Vocational Conference
AbstractAlong with limited employment opportunities and vocational resources supporting adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), there is a corresponding lack of literature guiding best practices. Gaps in services appear to leave individuals with ASD isolated and inadequately equipped to find stable work. In an attempt to foster advancement, the first annual Canadian conference focusing on vocation and ASD was convened in Toronto, Canada on February 2-3, 2012. Presentations and panel discussions identified salient issues including challenges and innovative strategies. Speakers highlighted the benefits of greater vocational and post-secondary educational participation among adults with ASD, and called for proactive program and policy development in meeting these aims. This paper summarizes conference proceedings and builds upon an emerging base of promising practices and guidelines.