Doreen Granpeesheh, CEO, Center for Autism & Related Disorders (C.A.R.D.)
With this book, Joanne Lara and Susan Osborne present a comprehensive curriculum to prepare students with autism spectrum disorder to transition from school to employment. This interactive resource is an essential guide for teachers and caregivers working with young people to develop the necessary skills for getting and keeping a job.
Zachary Inkeles, author and artist, candidate, Autism Works Now, Los Angeles
Being part of Autism Works Now makes me feel more positive about the future and possibilities to help me reach my goals. That makes me happy.
Shannon Penrod, host of Autism Live, producer of Autism in the Classroom
Brilliant! This is essential reading for autism parents, educators and self-advocates. Joanne Lara and Susan Osborne have created the road map to successful employment in today's job market and - spoiler alert - preparation begins earlier than we were previously told! As an autism parent I am exceptionally grateful for this amazing tool. The work force needs these amazing, talented individuals, and they deserve the dignity and empowerment that comes with gainful employment!
Yudi Bennett, Co-Founder, Foothill Autism Alliance & Exceptional Minds
With an estimated 50,000 kids with autism reaching adulthood in the U.S. each year, thank you Joanne Lara and Susan Osborne for creating an innovative program to prepare these young adults for employment. With the help of Autism Works Now!, they will reach their full potential and lead independent, productive, meaningful lives. Hallelujah!
Areva Martin Esq., President, Special Needs Network, USA
This is a much-needed resource that fills the gap in this country's school-to-job programs!
Matt Asner, Parent, Advocate, VP at the Autism Society of America
This book develops the skill set that our youth need in order to compete in the job force with dignity!
Alex Plank, Autism Advocate and Founder, WrongPlanet.net
Joanne Lara and Susan Osborne have created a comprehensive work readiness program with Autism Works Now! and their Workplace Readiness Workshop. With this valuable resource, many individuals with autism will gain the ability to get and keep meaningful employment so they can go on to become valued members of their communities.
Dan Phillips, Transition Specialist, Culver City Unified School District
Joanne Lara and Susan Osborne raise thought-provoking questions and unpack ideas relating to how we are preparing our students on the autism spectrum for life after high school. With this book, they lay the groundwork for educators and families who are helping young people develop the tools they need to work and live in the 21st Century.
Stephen M. Shore, Ed.D., Internationally-known educator, consultant, presenter, and author on issues related to the autism spectrum
Employing a strengths-based approach the authors combine concepts of engaging deep interests with practical strategies for finding and keeping a job. A great step forward in making fulfilling and productive employment for autistic individuals the rule rather than the exception.
Susan Corwin, Parent/Advocate
This is the quintessential handbook for every teenager and young adult on the autism spectrum and their employers! It's a fabulous guide to making certain individuals with autism are successful in their careers and job search. Exactly what we need right now.
Pat Grayson-DeJong, M.Ed., parent and retired Autism Specialist, LAUSD
This book gives me hope that future generations of students leaving high school will be better prepared to meet the "real world" of employment and social challenges that have previously been ignored by our educational system.