The goal of Autism Inclusion Training is to provide practical and specialized training for community organizations on how to effectively include individuals diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in their daily operations and overall culture.
We are reshaping the way the community perceives and understands autism by teaching businesses, organizations, and community leaders how to be more understanding, accommodating, and inclusive of individuals with ASD. Our goal is to provide opportunities for the growing autism population to become more integrated into our community as active and contributing customers, participants, and employees. This program strives to make San Diego a welcoming place for individuals of all abilities by:
- Providing practical, useful information about Autism Spectrum Disorder, taking account from the point of view of the general community at large
- Addressing and dispelling common “myths” and misunderstandings about ASD
- Interacting with individuals with autism that have limited to no expressive verbal communication skills
- Identifying strategies to respond in a safe and effective way if an individual engages in a socially inappropriate behavior
- Making minor environmental modifications and adjustments to better accommodate individuals with developmental disabilities
In the Workplace
These workplace-specific trainings will not only
benefit people with autism but also businesses themselves, in terms of encouraging the hiring of dependable, hardworking employees who happen to have a disability.
Businesses will come to understand the value of hiring adults with autism and, in the process, improve their workforce relations and culture.
Our goal is to demonstrate how easy it can be to hire someone with a developmental disability and how beneficial and effective employees with autism can be. Include Autism also debunks myths about having an employee with autism. Most companies have even found that employment tips for people with autism have improved morale with their other employees.
One of the hallmark characteristics of ASD is reduced or atypical communication skills, which often leaves others finding hardships connecting with those with ASD.
This program empowers businesses and the general public through a variety of techniques, including modeling appropriate language. The ultimate goal is to create changes that will impact individual interactions and neutralize potentially stressful situations in community settings.
Communication activities will enable participants to:
- Establish functional communication between business and customer or organization and consumer
- Understand how to interpret non-verbal cues and function of communication behaviors
- Identify which strategies to apply based on behaviors observed
- Recognize cognitive level of person with ASD and adjust communication style
- Explore alternate forms of communication
This program is made possible by a grant from the National Foundation for Autism Research. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Foundation for Autism Research.