Supporting Adults on the Autism Spectrum to Achieve Employment

Employment is generally considered a central defining characteristic of adulthood. Unfortunately, for the majority of adults on the autism spectrum, employment remains an unattainable goal. Though there may be a number reasons why this is the case, this often results in isolation at home, placement in a day habilitation program or a sheltered employment setting. The current adult services repertoire is focused on teaching isolated activities of daily living (ADLs) and compliance behaviors. Unfortunately, the central employability skills have little to do with facility-based competencies and are, instead, a subset of adaptive behavior in community settings.

This workshop presents an overview of employment from the point of view of the individual adult, their family, the service provider and potential employers with emphasis of the targeting job skills that are community (rather than facility) based.

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to

  1. Understand why everyone is capable of living and working in the community with proper supports.
  2. Explain why support is more important than the degree of cognitive involvement for employment outcomes.
  3. Identify priorities of instruction for employability skills.


Presenter: Peter Gerhardt, EdD

Peter Gerhardt, EdD, is the president of Peter Gerhardt Associates, LLC. Dr. Gerhardt has more than 30 years of experience utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis in support of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders in educational, employment, residential, and community-based settings. He has authored and co-authored articles and book chapters on the needs of adolescents and adults with ASD and has presented nationally and internationally on this topic. Dr. Gerhardt serves as chairman of the Scientific Council for the Organization for Autism Research, is on the editorial board of Behavior Analysis in Practice and on numerous professional advisory boards. He received his doctorate from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey's Graduate School of Education.

Payment: Purchase Order or payment by check or credit card must be received 7 days prior to start date. If you have any problems when trying to pay for the course, contact UNTWISE at (940) 565-4000 for further assistance.

Registration Deadline: Registration will be closed 7 days prior to training commencement.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made 2 weeks prior to training to receive a full refund. No refund will be provided if cancellation is made within 2 weeks of training. Please fax cancellation to (940) 565-3960 or email

CRC contact hours: 2.0

LPC contact hours: 2.0

Social Work CEUs: 2.0

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