Specialisterne Australia has teamed up with Doctor Michelle Garnett and Professor Tony Attwood to offer a work readiness program for adults on the autism spectrum. The program is designed to identify individual strengths and challenges in a work environment as well as successful strategies to address them. Our Assessment and Support Manager Jay Hobbs has been trained to facilitate the program for Specialisterne and works under the supervision of Dr. Michelle Garnett and Prof. Tony Attwood from Minds & Hearts.
This program incorporates online training modules for managers and mentors about autism within the workplace. Videos by Prof. Tony Attwood and Dr. Michelle Garnett help employers to understand and effectively support individuals on the autism spectrum.
After new employees complete Thriving at Work employers will have a comprehensive report on individual strengths and challenges with a focus on providing effective individual support. Decisions on what support is required will be made by individual employees with help and advice from Specialisterne staff.
This program has been designed to help individuals on the autism spectrum to spend time identifying their strengths and to discuss how these qualities can be an asset in their current or potential work environment. Individuals on the autism spectrum bring many awesome strengths to their work and these can include among many:
Thriving at Work is also designed to support people on the autism spectrum to identify their individual challenges as well as strategies that may help to overcome them. Tony and Michelle also identify that there are some commonalities in the challenges faced by people on the autism spectrum at work. These can include:
An important part of the Thriving at Work program is to share ideas and strategies that have helped the individual to succeed in the past as well as potential solutions that have a good chance of succeeding in the future. The small group nature of the program allows for discussion and sharing of strategies that have worked for other individuals on the autism spectrum as well as strategies identified by research and Michelle and Tony’s clinical experience.