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Specialisterne: A Million Jobs for people with Autism and Other Unique Abilities

Specialisterne, which is Danish for “The Specialists”, is an innovative nonprofit company founded in Denmark in 2001. Sparked by concern for his son, the creator of this amazing foundation, Thorkil Sonne, set the goal of the organization to create one million jobs, around the world, for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and similar challenges. ...




Where is Autism Employment Heading in 2017?

Where is employment for adults with autism and other neurodiverse (developmental and learning) differences heading in 2017? What employment assistance or initiatives offer the greatest promise? If you want to help someone you know who is part of the neurodiverse workforce what should you be doing in 2017?
 
To begin, the current year saw a range of employment initiatives, most of them extra-governmental, often driven by the energy of persons on the autism spectrum, advocates and parents. ...




New York Passes First-of-Kind Bill to Protect Freelancers

The bill, which the Freelancers’ Union helped draft, was introduced to the City Council a year ago.
As the U.S. gig economy continues to grow, New York City has made one of the first efforts nationwide to protect freelance workers.
The City Council recently passed the Freelance Isn’t Free Act, which establishes and enhances protections for freelancers, independent contractors and other workers not covered by regular labor laws. ...




Why Following Your Passion Is the Worst Kind of Career Advice

A career coach on what matters the most in job satisfaction
 
Standard advice on how to pick a career? Find one that amalgamates your key skills, interests and values. Alas, that too often doesn’t work.
 
The standard advice often fails for one or more of these reasons:
 

You have too many interests but none stand out. ...




Are Assessments Good For Your Career?

Assessments, from heavily researched personality tests to the scores of instruments that measure “personal styles” in some manner, are praised by publishers and criticized by a variety of sources including academics. In addition, I’ve recently seen an article providing “tips” on how to take these types of tests. ...




4 Ideal Questions To Ask In A Phone Interview

In every interview it’s important to ask questions—that includes phone interviews.
 
Asking questions makes you seem more intelligent and interested in the job. It makes you more appealing to hiring managers—as long as you don’t ask questions you could easily find the answers for with a Google search. ...




Acing the Interview: 6 Tips for Spotting Superstar Talent

Top-notch employees are out there. How leaders can hire the right people every time.
 
At the financial services company I head, we have hired almost 3,000 new employees over the past five-and-one-half years and I can tell you this: The best way to spot a future superstar in an interview is to think of yourself as a guide, not a border guard, who can lead the candidate to look into themselves, reflect and discuss things that are important to you and your company. ...




Job Applicants and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) makes it unlawful for an employer to discriminate against a qualified applicant with a disability. The ADA applies to private employers with 15 or more employees and to state and local government employers. ...




Job Interview Tips for People With Disabilities

Interviewing for a new job can be nerve wracking for anyone. It can be even more stressful if you have a disability. You want to do your best to impress the interviewer and don’t want to be judged by your disability. To increase your chances of being hired for the position, prepare for the interview so you’re ready for any questions asked. ...




Six states receive nearly $15M in grants to expand employment opportunities for people with disabilities

WASHINGTON – Despite their ability to occupy a variety of jobs, people with disabilities only account for 19.8 percent of the workforce, have more than double the unemployment rate compared to the general population and continue to face barriers finding work. To improve employment opportunities for adults and youth with disabilities, the U. ...