AARC Tip of the Month - June 2016
Employment Resources
Last month we mentioned summer/part-time employment for individuals with ASD; this month we wanted to add a bit more!  

Starting a new business or finding an ideal workplace for an individual with ASD may provide some challenges. Here are a few community resources that might help you navigate the process:

"The Micro Enterprise Fund strives to increase access to Micro Enterprise and self-employment opportunities for persons with disabilities who are Alaska Mental Health Trust Beneficiaries.  Grant funds may be used for costs associated with starting a new business, expanding a current business or acquiring an existing business."

The AKSBDC helps small businesses grow throughout Alaska via its expanding online resources and business management expertise.

Our mission is to assist individuals with disabilities to obtain and maintain employment.

Books of the Month:
The books of the month are available in the SESA Library. You may search the library on the  SESA website , or you may contact our Librarian, Anne Freitag, at  afreitag@sesa.org  or  907 . 334 . 1301 

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For easy searching on the SESA Library site, we've added the ISBN number. Simply copy, paste, and search!

Asperger Syndrome Employment Workbook: An employment workbook for adults with Asperger syndrome
Roger N. Meyer
Jessica Kingsley, 2001.
ISBN:  9781853027963

Description:  "This practical manual will enable people diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome and high functioning autism to deepen their self-understanding and appreciate their value as working individuals. Through step-by-step self-assessment, the reader is encouraged to engage actively in a self-paced exploration of their employment history, and ultimately to identify the work best suited to their personal needs, talents and strengths. The workbook contains practical exercises, with clear explanations and examples of how to use them. It leads the reader to identify and explore: three jobs they have held in different life periods, their interests, skills and talents, and their application to work, their style of learning and style of work, the social skills required by specific jobs, as identified by other people than the autobiographer, the AS characteristics which further and impede work performance, successful and unsuccessful survival strategies, issues around diagnosis and disclosure which affect life at work and outside it, creative problem solving for the present and the future - a personal wish list. Asperger Syndrome Employment Workbook will also be an essential guide for professionals, career advisors and vocational counsellors as it provides in-depth guidance and research on fulfilling employment for adults and adolescents with Asperger Syndrome and high functioning autism."--publisher's website.
Employment for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome or Non-Verbal Learning Disability: Stories and strategies
By: Yvona Fast and others.
Jessica Kingsley, 2004.
ISBN:  184310766X

Description:  "Most people with Non-Verbal Learning Disorder (NLD) or Asperger Syndrome (AS) are underemployed. With practical and technical advice on everything from job-hunting to interview techniques, from 'fitting in' in the workplace to whether or not to disclose a diagnosis, this book guides people with NLD or AS successfully through the employment field. There is information for employers, agencies, and careers counsellors, including an analysis of typical strengths, and how to use these positively in the workplace. Practical information and resource material is supported by numerous case studies to inspire and advise. This is an essential resource for people with NLD or AS seeking or in employment, and their employers."
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