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Adults with autism face options, barriers

A panel explored employment models for adults with autism and techniques to reduce workplace challenges during “Is the Workplace Prepared for an Increase in Adults with Autism?” at Health Journalism 2012.

Panelist Arni Klin, Ph.D., director of Atlanta’s Marcus Autism Center, said roughly half of autistic adults possess the intellectual capabilities “to attain paid employment” and that “a sizeable group” possesses special skills to make important contributions to society. “Individuals with autism function best in predictable, supportive, rule-governed environments,” such as those that require technical or computer expertise, he explained.

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