NFAR recently awarded funding to Crimson Speech Language Treatment & Research Center for a project designed to help young adults with autism develop the oral and written communication skills needed in the workplace.
As students with autism transition from high school and seek employment, many will not be properly prepared for the specific social interactions and communication required in the workplace. This research project aims to establish effective strategies to help these students both successfully interview for and secure a job, as well as maintain that position over the long term.
This research project entitled "Developing Oral and Written Workplace Communication Skills." will involve up to 16 adolescents and young adults (aged 15 - 23 years) with autism, and target a wide range of the oral and written communications skills necessary to be successful across a variety of workplace environments. Focusing on interviewing skills, application completion, electronic communication and workplace interactions, over the course of the 16-week study, each participant will meet weekly in small groups.
If you or some one you know is interested in participating in this study, please contact Marilea Brock, M.S. CCC-SLP at 858-695-9415 or via Email before February 15, 2009. There is no cost to participants.
Funding for this project was awarded through NFAR's annual Community Programs/ Pilot Research Grants which supports the creation or expansion of programs that increase the current level of treatment services to children with autism.